After Further Review: Big wins on Florida swing

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 21, 2016, 1:40 am

Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On the Florida swing ...

Well, that was fun. The Florida swing ended Sunday with another high-profile player holding a trophy, and that means we are only two events away from heading down Magnolia Lane.

What did we learn after four weeks in the Sunshine State? Jason Day showed at Bay Hill he's not going anywhere after a career year in 2015. He joined fellow Aussie Adam Scott – who kicked off the Florida swing with wins at the Honda Classic and Doral – on the growing list of Masters favorites. And with his win at the Valspar, Charl Schwartzel is grouped with Scott and Bubba Watson as former Masters champs who are peaking at the right time.

Add in solid play by Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson, and we have a ridiculous amount of storylines to chew on as the first major of the year approaches. – Ryan Reiterman


On Troy Merritt's double bogey on 18 ...

You know what? Good for Troy Merritt.

Sure, that double bogey at the last cost him a boatload of money. The difference between tying for second and tying for third is no small sum. It’s $84,000.

But Merritt went for it. He didn’t bail out left and try make a swinging 30-footer. He didn’t play for par when Day looked like he could make bogey from the left bunker.

The guy had made five straight birdies to start his back nine, charged all the way back into contention, and he fired at the pin. He just came up about 10 yards short.

The rest of us would probably like the par and the 84 grand, but Merritt walked away with $470,000 anyway. What I’m saying is, it’s really nice to be a Tour pro. – Nick Menta


On the race to make the South Korean Olympic team ...

Nobody’s taking Olympic golf more seriously than the South Korean women, and it’s serving them well.

Inbee Park says it may be harder to make the Korean Olympic team than it is to win a medal in Rio de Janeiro. Na Yeon Choi says there is crazy interest in the updated weekly Olympic Women’s Golf Rankings in Korean newspapers and on web sites.

It just might push the Koreans playing the LPGA to their best year yet as they battle for the coveted maximum four spots they can claim for the Olympics. It may push players trying to make the team to record-setting victory totals and scores this year.

Sunday in Phoenix, we saw Sei Young Kim put up a record-tying effort with her win at the JTBC Founders Cup. She equaled Annika Sorenstam’s 72-hole LPGA scoring record (-27). Kim’s closing 62 equaled Inbee Park’s record for lowest final-round score by a winner in relation to par (10 under). With the win, Kim gave South Koreans victories in four of the first six LPGA events this year. – Randall Mell

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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.