Power Rankings: CIMB Classic

By Will GrayOctober 23, 2012, 5:02 pm

The Fall Series takes a break this week, but many of the game's best will head to Malaysia for the CIMB Classic. A field of 48 players will tee it up Thursday in an event co-sanctioned by the PGA and Asian Tours.

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Bo Van Pelt returns to Kuala Lumpur as the defending champion in this event. Here are 10 players to keep an eye on this week:

1. Jason Dufner: A runner-up last week in Australia, Dufner has had one of the most consistent seasons on Tour with 14 top-25 finishes in 22 starts. Currently ranks third in total driving, fourth in scoring average and fifth in birdie average.

2. Tiger Woods: Playing in Malaysia for the first time since 1999, Woods will take part in his first official event since ending the FedEx Cup playoffs with three straight top-10 finishes. His 68.9 stroke average ranks second on Tour.

3. Bo Van Pelt: The defending champ this week is coming off a win over Dufner in Perth last week. Van Pelt had top-10 showings last month at both Crooked Stick and East Lake, and ranks fourth on Tour in the all-around category.

4. Brendon de Jonge: Followed his runner-up finish in Vegas with a T-4 showing last week in Georgia. The Zimbabwean has missed only one cut since March and leads the Tour in total birdies.

5. Jeff Overton: A runner-up here last year, Overton set the course record with a second-round 62. He ranks second behind de Jonge in total birdies and has shot 70 or better in each of his last 12 competitive rounds.

6. Ben Crane: Followed up his 2010 CIMB win with a T-20 showing last year. Crane played his way from the cut line into contention last week with a Saturday 62 at Sea Island.

7. Scott Piercy: Playing for the first time since a final-round 64 vaulted him to a T-6 finish in Las Vegas. Among the longest hitters in the field, his aggressive style should benefit him this week.

8. Jimmy Walker: In the midst of a career year, Walker heads to Malaysia after a pair of top-10 finishes in Fall Series events. Finished in a tie for 13th in this event last year.

9. Marcus Fraser: Twice a runner-up this year in Europe, the Australian leads the European Tour in putts per GIR and ranks second in putts per round.

10. Chris Kirk: Made the cut in 10 consecutive starts, recording four top-25 finishes in the process. Currently ranks ninth on Tour in par-4 performance and carded a bogey-free 65 here last year en route to a T-13 finish.

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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.