Power Rankings: 2014 Travelers Championship

By Will GrayJune 16, 2014, 9:09 pm

This week marks the 32nd event of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, as the Tour heads to Connecticut for the Travelers Championship. A field of 156 players will tee it up this week at TPC River Highlands, where birdie is the name of the game and scores are often low as a result.

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Ken Duke returns to defend the title he won here a year ago in a playoff over Chris Stroud. Here are 10 players to watch this week outside Hartford:

1. Bubba Watson: This is one of the original homes of "Bubba Golf," as Watson notched his first PGA Tour title here back in 2010. Since then he has added a runner-up in 2012 and a fourth-place showing last year when he held a share of the 54-hole lead. Watson enjoys getting creative at TPC River Highlands, and his results bear that out.

2. Matt Kuchar: Kuchar is making just his second start here since 2008, but his other Travelers appearance netted a tie for eighth in 2012. He has been a fantasy machine this year, with one win and nine top-10 finishes in 16 starts, and his missed cut at Colonial is his only finish outside the top 20 since March. Expect another solid showing.

3. Keegan Bradley: His results at TPC River Highlands have gotten progressively better: T-63 in 2011, T-29 in 2012, T-18 in 2013. Bradley's tie for fourth at Pinehurst was his third top-10 finish in his last eight starts, and he is keenly aware of the move he needs to make to crack the top nine in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings. This week could go a long way toward that end.

4. Jason Day: Day hasn't played in Cromwell since a tie for 27th back in 2008 when he was just 20 years old, but he enters of a tie for fourth at the U.S. Open last week. After missing several weeks with a left thumb injury, the Aussie has given himself a clean bill of health and if that's the case, he should be considered a factor every time he tees it up.

5. Ryan Moore: Moore led the field in putting last year while finishing T-7, his third top-15 finish at TPC River Highlands since 2009. Moore was a runner-up here in both 2006 and 2011 and is currently inside the top 25 on Tour in driving accuracy, GIR percentage and birdie average.

6. Hunter Mahan: Mahan got his first PGA Tour win at this event back in 2007, the highlight of a four-year stretch from 2006-2009 when he finished no worse than fourth. He hasn't had quite the same success since, but top-25 finishes in both 2012 and 2013 show that he still has what it takes to tame TPC River Highlands.

7. Dustin Johnson: Johnson had another close call at a major, but his T-4 finish at the U.S. Open continues his strong 2013-14 campaign. A winner earlier this season in China, DJ added top-five finishes at Pebble Beach, Riviera and Doral. He has the length to take advantage of any setup on the PGA Tour, but especially the relatively short confines in Cromwell.

8. Charley Hoffman: Along with Bubba Watson, Hoffman is the only player to finish inside the top 10 each of the past two years at this event, having tied for second in 2012 and tied for seventh last year, when he fired a 61 in the opening round. Hoffman has quietly put together a solid season, with nine straight cuts made and a T-19 finish at Memorial in his last start.

9. Sergio Garcia: The Spaniard failed to factor at the U.S. Open, but he left with a solid T-35 finish after two third-place results in his prior three starts. The knee injury that forced him out of the BMW PGA Championship does not appear to be an issue, and if that's the case Garcia could factor as he makes his first trip to Cromwell since 2009.

10. Brooks Koepka: Koepka hit the jackpot Sunday at Pinehurst, finishing tied for fourth and earning a 2014-15 Tour card and a berth to the Masters in the process. One year after playing on the Challenge Tour in Europe, he has shown that he can stack up against the game's best and his game should suit TPC River Highlands in his first appearance.

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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.