Kisner makes API trip after death of fellow UGA alum

By Ryan LavnerMarch 19, 2015, 11:34 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – On Wednesday night, Kevin Kisner was at home in Aiken, S.C., playing on the floor with his 9-month-old daughter when the PGA Tour called. He had an 8:11 a.m. tee time at Bay Hill, if he could make it.

A spot in the Arnold Palmer Invitational had opened up. Bubba Watson withdrew from the event to attend the funeral of David Miller, a close friend and former University of Georgia teammate. 

Georgia coach Chris Haack said that Watson will serve as a pallbearer at Miller’s funeral this week. Miller was 36 years old.

Kisner also graduated from UGA, back in 2005. While he was still in school he played a couple of practice rounds with Watson and Miller.

“They were pretty close friends,” said Kisner, 31. “Really a sad deal. He had two little girls.”

Just last year Miller and Watson had teamed up to win Georgia’s alumni four-ball tournament. A photo of the two circulated among the Georgia alums on Tour Wednesday night.

Miller was part of Haack’s first recruiting class in Athens, in 1998, and one of the first two players signed to a scholarship. He was a co-captain in 2002, a three-time SEC selection, a two-time All-American, a first-team good dude.

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Watson was the sixth man on the 2001 Georgia team that became the first in NCAA history to have all five guys earn third-team All-American honors or higher. For the next few years, Watson and Miller traveled the country on the mini tours before Watson made it big. They frequently played together at Georgia’s annual tournament, a fun kickoff to a weekend filled with football.

“David loved Bubba,” said Erik Compton, who played on the 1999-2001 Georgia teams with Miller. “He always wanted to know what Bubba was doing.”

Watson withdrew from this event at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. By that time, the top five players on the API alternate list had already informed the PGA Tour that they wouldn’t travel to Orlando if a spot in the field became available. No player had been injured. No one had seen the on-site doctor. They figured their chances of getting in were slim.

Kisner was No. 6 on the alternate list and at home in South Carolina after a 60th-place showing last week in Tampa. When the Tour called, just before 6 p.m., he didn’t hesitate.

Instead of making the seven-hour drive that would have gotten him into the area at 2 a.m., Kisner enlisted the help of a friend who owned a private, single-engine plane. He was in bed by midnight.

Alas, his caddie, Duane Bock, wasn’t quite as fortunate.

On short notice he made the late-night drive from Morganton, N.C., stopped in Jacksonville to snooze for a few hours, then finished the trip early Thursday morning. They were on the range a little after 6 a.m., preparing for their appearance in the featured group alongside Adam Scott and Brooks Koepka.

Making a tough spot even worse: Kisner had never even seen Bay Hill. No matter. He made five birdies during an opening 3-under 69 that left him just three shots off the lead.

“If I don’t shoot at least 3 under (Friday),” he said, “I know my new strategy. Don’t practice and only sleep about three hours.”

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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 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.