Power Rankings: 2017 RBC Heritage

By Will GrayApril 11, 2017, 6:49 pm

The 2017 fantasy golf season heads to the lowcountry this week, as the focus of the golf world shifts to South Carolina for the RBC Heritage. A field of 132 players will tackle Harbour Town Golf Links, with the winner donning the plaid jacket.

Be sure to join the all-new Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge to compete for prizes and form your own leagues, and log on to www.playfantasygolf.com to submit your picks for this week's event.

Branden Grace won this event last year by two shots over Russell Knox and Luke Donald. Here are 10 players to watch in Hilton Head:

1. Matt Kuchar: Fresh off a backdoor T-4 finish at the Masters, Kuchar returns to the site of his most recent victory back in 2014. He hasn't fallen out of the top 10 since, with a T-5 finish in 2015 and a T-9 result last year, and his solid tee-to-green game typically pays off in a big way amid the cozy confines of Harbour Town.

2. Russell Henley: The Georgia native is officially on a hot streak, having backed up his win in Houston with a T-11 finish at the Masters that earned him an invite back next year. Henley is notoriously streaky, especially on the greens, and his Harbour Town track record is highlighted by a T-6 finish in 2013. With six top-20 finishes in his last nine starts, there's no reason to expect he'll slow down now.

3. Luke Donald: He's no longer playing like the No. 1 ranking he once held, but Donald has done everything but win this event over the last decade. Six top-3 finishes in his last eight starts, including a T-2 finish last year, make the Englishman a player to watch this week, especially since he flashed some game at Riviera (T-17) and PGA National (T-27).

4. Charley Hoffman: Hoffman was impressive for much of last week while dealing with the spotlight of leader, and he has been surprisingly consistent along the Calibogue Sound. Hoffman has compiled three top-15 finishes in the last five years at this event, and he now has five top-25 finishes over his last seven overall starts.

5. Branden Grace: The defending champ is known for his long game, but clearly he has an affinity with the strategy required to find the smallest greens on the PGA Tour. Grace tied for seventh in his Harbour Town debut in 2015 before last year's victory, the latter of which came off a Masters missed cut. This time, he finished T-27 at Augusta National.

6. Jim Furyk: Furyk was unable to defend his title last year because of injury, but his accurate play off the tee has often set him up well at this particular event. Dating back to 2005, he has racked up seven top-10 finishes including a pair of wins and a pair of runner-up finishes. Don't be surprised if he adds to either tally this week.

7. Brandt Snedeker: A winner here in 2011, Snedeker hasn't cracked the top 10 since and actually missed the cut last year. But he, like Grace, put up a solid T-27 finish at the Masters and has shown before that he has the style of game to tame Harbour Town, especially if his streaky putter begins to cooperate.

8. Tyrrell Hatton: Hatton was a popular sleeper pick for the Masters but surprisingly missed the cut after rounds of 80-78. He'll hope to follow in Grace's footsteps by working his way into contention, and there's reason to think he will considering his early exit at Augusta National interrupted a run of seven straight worldwide top-15 finishes.

9. Matthew Fitzpatrick: Another Englishman makes the list as Fitzpatrick looks to channel the form that put him in the mix at Bay Hill a few weeks ago. He is making his third start here, having finished T-23 in his 2014 debut, and lists Harbour Town as his favorite stop on the Tour calendar. He's made six straight cuts and doesn't need length off the tee to contend here.

10. Adam Hadwin: The Canadian hasn't really slowed down since earning his first career win at Innisbrook last month, a course like Harbour Town that requires precision off the tee and into the green. Hadwin finished T-6 at Bay Hill the very next week, took some time off to get married and promptly returned with a respectable T-36 showing in his Masters debut. Finished T-30 here last year.

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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.