Power Rankings: 2016 John Deere Classic

By Will GrayAugust 9, 2016, 1:15 pm

The 2016 fantasy golf season rolls right along, as the PGA Tour heads to Illinois this week for the John Deere Classic. A field of 144 players will tackle TPC Deere Run, where the winner will receive a spot in the 2017 Masters.

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Jordan Spieth won this event last year in a playoff over Tom Gillis but will not defend his title. Here are 10 players to watch in Moline:

1. Zach Johnson: Johnson is the highest-ranked player in this week's field and a clear favorite given his track record, which includes six finishes of T-3 or better at TPC Deere Run since 2009 highlighted by his win in 2012.

2. Steve Stricker: Stricker is the other player besides Johnson who has capitalized on this event, notably winning it three straight times from 2009-2011. As his fourth-place showing at Royal Troon indicates, at age 49 Stricker is still able to compete on an elite level.

3. Jon Rahm: Rahm continued his run toward a full card last week at the Travelers, where he contended early before finishing T-25. With fewer big names in the field, Rahm could win his way to PGA Tour status just as Spieth did at this event in 2013.

4. Daniel Summerhays: Summerhays booked his ticket to the Masters in surprising fashion at Baltusrol, and he followed with a T-11 finish last week. He has finished T-13 or better at the Deere each of the last three years, highlighted by a T-4 finish in 2013.

5. Kevin Na: Na has only made one appearance at this event since 2008, but it came two years ago when he finished T-13. He is the only other player besides Johnson among the OWGR top 50 in this week's field and has finished T-27 or better in each of his last four starts overall.

6. Ryan Moore: Moore played well last week at one of his favorite stops, finishing T-17 at Travelers, and this is another of his more successful stops. Moore has finished T-24 or better each of the last four years at this event, including a pair of top-10 results.

7. Jerry Kelly: After a surprising runner-up last week, don't expect Kelly to slow down. The Wisconsin native thrives in the Quad Cities, with a T-4 finish in 2013 followed by a third-place showing in 2014. Kelly's carfor next season is now secure thanks to his Travelers finish, but he may look to do one spot better this week.

8. Robert Streb: Streb stopped a mini-drought with his top-10 finish at the PGA Championship, and his consistent game has paid dividends at TPC Deere Run where he has finished inside the top 40 in each of his three trips, highlighted by a T-14 finish last year.

9. Wesley Bryan: After earning a battlefield promotion, Bryan will be looking to make the most of his two "bonus starts." That run begins this week in Illinois, where Bryan will look to maintain his momentum one week after winning his third Web.com Tour event of the year.

10. Robert Garrigus: The veteran finished T-5 last week in Connecticut, his fourth top-11 finish in his last eight starts of a resurgent season. In six trips to Moline since 2009, Garrigus has cracked the top 25 three times.

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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.