World Golf Glance

By Associated PressFebruary 3, 2010, 12:21 am


Northern Trust Open

Site: Los Angeles.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Riviera Country Club (7,325 yards, 6,698 meters, par 71).

Purse: $6.4 million. Winner’s share: $1,152,000.

Last year: Phil Mickelson successfully defended his title, beating SteveStricker by a stroke. Mickelson went from a four-shot lead at the start of thefinal round to a two-shot deficit with three holes to play. He birdied 16 and 17and wrapped up the victory with a 6-foot par putt on 18.

Last week: Ben Crane won the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines for histhird tour title, beating Michael Sim , Brandt Snedeker and Marc Leishman by astroke.

Notes: Tiger Woods , winless in his hometown event, is taking an indefiniteleave to sort out his personal life. … Mickelson finished 19th last week inSan Diego in his season debut. … Young Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa is in thefield. He missed the cut last year at Riviera in his US PGA Tour debut. … BenHogan stamped the course as “Hogan’s Alley” with three victories in 17 months— the 1947 and ’48 Los Angeles Opens and ’48 U.S. Open. … Steve Elkington wonthe 1995 US PGA at Riviera, beating Colin Montgomerie in a playoff. … NBAgreat Jerry West is in his first year as the tournament’s executive director.… The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is next week, followed by theAccenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Arizona, which is opposite theMayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico.

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Dubai Desert Classic

Site: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Emirates Golf Club, Majlis Course (7,301 yards, 6,676 meters, par72).

Purse: $2.5 million. Winner’s share: $416,660.

Last year: Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy won his first European Tourtitle, closing with a 2-under 70 for a one-stroke victory over England’s JustinRose .

Last week: Sweden’s Robert Karlsson won the Qatar Masters for his 10thEuropean Tour title, finishing with a 7-under 65 for a three-stroke victory.

Notes: Tom Watson is in the field along with Lee Westwood and 16-year-oldMatteo Manassero . … The 60-year-old Watson, a playoff loser to Stewart Cink last year in the British Open, is coming off consecutive senior victories inHawaii. He teamed with Jack Nicklaus to win the Champions Skins, then took theChampions Tour’s season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship. … InNovember at Jumeirah Estates, Westwood won the Dubai World Championship and Raceto Dubai money title—taking home $2.75 million. … Manassero, from Italy, wonthe British Amateur last year to become the youngest champion in tournamenthistory. … The Avantha Masters is next week in India.

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Moonah Classic

Site: Fingal, Australia.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Moonah Links (7,469 yards, 6,830 meters, par 72).

Purse: $700,000. Winner’s share: $126,000.

Last year: Australia’s Alistair Presnell birdied the final hole for aone-stroke victory over countryman Peter O’Malley .

Last week: Robert Gates became the 13th player to win in his Nationwide Tourdebut, beating Australia’s Andrew Dodt by a stroke in the season-opening NewZealand Open.

Notes: US PGA Tour winner Peter Lonard is in the field. He won the 2003Australian Open at Moonah Links. … Five-time British Open winner Peter Thomsondesigned the course. … In 2008, Australia’s Ewan Porter won the inauguralevent by seven strokes.

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Next event: ACE Group Classic, Feb. 12-14, The Quarry, Naples, Florida.

Last event: Tom Watson won the season-opening Mitsubishi ElectricChampionship in Hawaii on Jan. 24, birdieing the final two holes for aone-stroke victory over senior newcomer Fred Couples . The 60-year-old Watson,the Champions Skins winner with Jack Nicklaus the previous week, has 13victories on the 50-and-older tour.

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Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.

Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters

Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.

LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:

"The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."

It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.

"He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 3, Tiger Woods

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 12:45 pm

After returning to competition at the Hero World Challenge in December 2016, Woods started the new year with an ambitious slate of tournament starts as he eyed his first full season since 2013. But he made it only three rounds, looking rusty en route to a missed cut at Torrey Pines before withdrawing abruptly in Dubai.

The “spasms” that led to that withdrawal turned out to be something far more serious, as Woods underwent his fourth and most invasive back surgery in April, a lumbar fusion. It brought with it an extensive rehabilitation, and at the Presidents Cup in September Woods humored the prospect that he might never again play competitive golf.

At Liberty National he also faced some scrutiny for an off-course incident from months prior. In May he was arrested for suspicion of DUI, an incident that produced a startling roadside video of an intoxicated Woods struggling to follow instructions from the arresting officer after driving erratically.

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While he was not drinking at the time, Woods was found to have a mix of several prescription medications in his system, including multiple painkillers. He checked himself into a private drug treatment program in July to address his dependency issues, and in October he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving.

But the incident was barely a memory when Woods again made a return to competition in the Bahamas at the tournament he hosts. This time around he exceeded nearly every expectation, twice shooting 4-under 68 while tying for ninth among the 18-man field. Having re-tooled his swing following fusion surgery, Woods appeared relaxed, happy and healthy while briefly taking the lead during the tournament’s second round.

What lies ahead for Woods in 2018 remains uncertain, as the stop-and-start nature of this past season serves as a cautionary tale. But after a harrowing arrest and another serious surgery, he seems once again focused on his game, intent on chasing down a new crop of elite talent, some of whom are barely more than half his age.

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 12:30 pm