Another Dose of News and Views
VIEWS: On the same ballot that is due Dec. 8 players will also vote for Rookie of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year. Its my view that Ben Curtis, thanks mostly to his victory at the Open Championship will capture the rookie award over Aaron Baddeley, Hank Kuehne, Arron Oberholser, Carl Pettersson and Adam Scott. The player with the brightest future out of that group: Adam Scott. Comeback player? Peter Jacobsen will edge out Woody Austin and Tommy Armour III.
NEWS: Annika Sorenstam is playing in the Tiger (named after the Asian beer) Skins Game in Singapore this week against Retief Goosen, Jesper Parnevik and Lam Chih Bing, Singapores best player.
VIEWS: Perfect. A tune-up for the worlds best female player who rarely plays in an event without a purpose. This event will serve to prepare Sorenstam for the real Skins Game Nov. 29-30 in California at the Trilogy Golf Club at La Quinta. Arguably, her competition in California will be tougher'Fred Couples, Phil Mickelson and Mark OMeara. Trilogy, by the way, measures out to 7,085 yards and a par of 72. Sorenstam will play from the same tee markers as the men.
NEWS: Shigeki Maruyama, a winner on Tour just last month in Greensboro, will spearhead Japans title defense this week at Kiawah Island.
VIEWS: Maru, as his friends call him, would rather be preparing for the Presidents Cup next week in South Africa. A troublesome neck injury is beginning to heal now but the recovery was too late for International team captain Gary Player to make him a Captains pick. Maruyama was the Man of the Match at the Presidents Cup matches in Australia five years ago, compiling a 5-0 record. Dont think Player wouldnt like a mulligan on his picks that include little-known Tim Clark. Similarly, its hard to imagine U.S. captain Jack Nicklaus would turn you down right now if you told him he could substitute Tour Championship winner Chad Campbell onto his team in South Africa.
NEWS: Swedens Fredrik Jacobson, who has rocketed to No. 19 in the Official World Golf Rankings, was the only undefeated player in last weeks Seve Trophy matches.
VIEWS: Freddie Yock is the best kept secret in golf, and almost certain to make the Euro Ryder Cup squad next year in Michigan. No longer is Parnevik his countrys best player.
NEWS: Greg Norman is emerging as the leading candidate to captain the Internationals at the 2005 Presidents Cup in Virginia.
VIEWS: This will be a good thing. Norman, not always popular among the top American players, has been a stalwart promoting and traveling for the sake of the game internationally. Both Ernie Els and Nick Price are in Normans corner on this one.
NEWS: Several Americans opt out of the World Cup because of the long trip to South Africa the week after.
VIEWS: Retief Goosen, on the other hand played the Tour Championship in Houston last week, jetted to Singapore (9,948 miles) for a Skins game there this week and will hustle to Cape Town (6,003 more miles) for the Presidents Cup..Vroomm.
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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.
Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.
Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.
The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.