Power Rankings: 2016 The Barclays

By Will GrayAugust 24, 2016, 12:57 pm

The 2016 fantasy golf season rolls right along, as the PGA Tour heads to New York this week for The Barclays. A field of 121 players will tackle Bethpage Black, with the top 100 in the standings advancing to next week's event. 

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Jason Day won this event last year at Plainfield Country Club in New Jersey. Here are 10 players to watch on Long Island:

1. Jason Day: When we last saw the world No. 1, he was draining a clutch eagle putt on the 72nd hole at Baltusrol. While that wasn't enough to catch Jimmy Walker, Day has been remarkably consistent all year, including three victories, and should bring his best to this week's burly layout that accentuates many of his advantages.

2. Dustin Johnson: Johnson made a surprising early exit from the PGA Championship, but prior to that he was unquestionably the hottest player of the summer. After wins at Oakmont and Firestone, he should thrive on another U.S. Open course where he finished T-3 back in 2012.

3. Henrik Stenson: Stenson is just a few weeks removed from his stirring performance at Royal Troon, and two weeks ago he earned a silver medal at the Olympics. Like the two players above him, Stenson tends to succeed on difficult layouts and has caught fire during the postseason two of the last three years.

4. Brooks Koepka: Koepka contended at Baltusrol on a bum ankle, then followed it up with another top-10 finish the following week in Hartford. Given two weeks to rest - and with his Ryder Cup spot now secure - Koepka could be in for a big week on a big ballpark.

5. Rory McIlroy: The Ulsterman was T-10 at Bethpage during the 2009 U.S. Open, then finished T-24 there at The Barclays in 2012. His last start included a final-hole meltdown at the PGA, but he should improve on that considerably this week after having three weeks to work on the flaws in his game, most of which are currently found on the greens.

6. Jim Furyk: Mr. 58 kept up the momentum last week at Wyndham, where he was on the first page of the leaderboard until a double bogey on the 72nd hole. Tee-to-green accuracy should prove vital this week, and Furyk will bring plenty of it since, at No. 94 in points, he needs a solid week just to advance to TPC Boston.

7. Jordan Spieth: Spieth is making his first start as a professional on the Black Course, and he enters with three top-30 finishes in his last three starts. Already a winner twice this year, Spieth hasn't played since a T-13 finish at Baltusrol and should be well-rested to begin defense of his FedEx Cup title.

8. Justin Rose: There's inevitably a letdown after an emotional win the likes of which Rose put together in Rio. But the Englishman has the game to back it up, especially on a major championship venue, and his last three results (all T-22 or better) show that the back injury that slowed him earlier this summer is no longer an issue.

9. Hideki Matsuyama: Matsuyama had another superb ball-striking performance at Sedgefield, but as is often the case he lost some ground on the greens. He now has finished T-4 or better in each of his last two starts, and while his tee-to-green proficiency should keep him in the mix, his putter will determine a good portion of his fate at Bethpage.

10. Phil Mickelson: What better way for Mickelson to cap a near-miss season than by contending at Bethpage, where he was a U.S. Open runner-up in both 2002 and 2009. Mickelson showed at Royal Troon that he still has what it takes to compete at a high level, and the New York fans will certainly get behind the southpaw if he gets off to a promising start.

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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.