Storm knocks down scoreboard TV towers

By Doug FergusonMarch 11, 2011, 12:59 am

WGC-Cadillac ChampionshipDORAL, Fla. – A gust topping 50 mph destroyed the large scoreboard across the lake from the 18th green at Doral and toppled two television towers Thursday during a storm delay in the first round of the Cadillac Championship.

Tournament director Eddie Carbone said no one was injured, and fans were given access to the clubhouse to seek shelter.

The 16 players who had started the first round were already off the course because of a storm delay when a microburst came through and sent structures crashing to the ground.

Golf Channel began its telecast with dramatic footage from a stationary camera atop a tower behind the ninth green. It showed a TV tower behind the eighth green toppled onto a bunker. Moments later, the tower behind the ninth blew over backward and into a small pond, and the camera went from showing the green golf course to the gray sky and then went blank as it plunged into the water.

Carbone said the tournament received reports of a 52 mph gust.

“It felt a lot stronger than that,” he said.

The manual scoreboard, a traditional structure at Doral that sits across the lake to the left of the 18th green, was in pieces near the ninth green and could not be repaired. One of the placards used on the board fell onto the ninth green.

Carbone said a Shotlink scoring tower on the first hole also came down, along with 17 palm trees. They were among 440 new palms the resort had recently planted.

He said the hospitality tents were in good order except for the double-deck hospitality tent on the ninth hole, which is closed until it can be properly inspected.

Play was suspended at 11:45 a.m., just as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell were making their way to the 10th tee to start the round. It was to resume at 2:30 p.m.

Some players passed the time on Twitter.

“Wow! It’s a mini-hurricane,” tweeted Luke Donald, who posted a video from his room at the resort of raging palm trees.

“Well that tree is not where it used to be,” came a tweet from Lee Westwood, with a photo of an uprooted tree.

And then there was Geoff Ogilvy. He opened his day with a photographer taking a picture at the top of his swing, then followed that with a shot into the water left of the 10th hole. Play was suspended before he finished the hole.

“Here I am, having a wonderful morning, with a 1 ft putt for double on my first hole, and they blow the siren,” he tweeted.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

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

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

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.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

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.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

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.