Power Rankings: Northern Trust Open

By February 14, 2012, 3:13 pm

The PGA Tour heads to Hogan's Alley this week for the Northern Trust Open at Riviera. The Los Angeles stop boasts a strong, international field, as well as a couple of collegiate amateurs who will likely return for the NCAA Championship later this year.

After taking a look at the power rankings for the week, be sure to tweet your picks using the hashtag #GCFantasy and follow me @RyanBallengeeGC. Also be sure to join the Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge to test yourself against our panel of experts, including defending champion Win McMurry - who is very lucky to have taken the lead against me.

1. Phil Mickelson: The Pebble champion suddenly has taken his promising practice inside the ropes. A two-time winner in '08 and '09, Mickelson was runner-up here in '07.

2. Luke Donald: Making his 2012 PGA Tour debut, Donald had his worst ever non-major finish on the European Tour in Abu Dhabi. He missed the cut here last year in the only major blemish on the year. With the bad start out of the way in the U.A.E., Riviera could be site to an early start for the world No. 1.

3. Aaron Baddeley: The defending champion is hot heading into Riviera. He finished fourth at Pebble Beach and has never missed a cut at the Northern Trust Open.

4. Kevin Na: Na had a chance at Riviera last year, finishing T-3. He was T-5 at Pebble and Phoenix before that. He's on the verge of a second PGA Tour win, for sure.

5. K.J. Choi: The Tank has never missed a cut at Hogan's Alley and boasts four top-10 finishes, including three in his last four starts.

6. Jason Day: The world No. 7 got his year started right with a runner-up finish in Qatar. Though he has not won on the PGA Tour since the Nelson breakthrough, he has been a top-10 machine.

7. Spencer Levin: He was T-12 here last year and had a very nice bounce back at Pebble Beach, finishing T-9. He continues to outplay his peers and should make a paycheck this week.

8. Adam Scott: The unofficial winner in 2005, Scott is kicking off his season here this week. Rust is certainly a concern, as is his missed cut in his last Riviera start in '09.

9. Fred Couples: After receiving Orthokine treatment a few weeks ago, Couples finished T-33 in Dubai last week. Making his 30th NTO start, Couple has won twice (1990, '92), nearly won last season and has five top-10 finishes since 2002.

10. John Rollins: Rollins is in the top 10 against the field average this season, and does boast four top-15 Riviera finishes. He is hit or miss here, however, with four missed cuts.

You can watch complete coverage of the Northern Trust Open Thursday-Friday live on Golf Channel from 3PM-6PM ET.

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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.