BAM! Woodland uses big drives to card 65 on North Course

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2014, 3:11 am

SAN DIEGO – Beginning his week on the easier North Course, Gary Woodland knew that a hot start would be needed in order to contend this weekend at the Farmers Insurance Open.

That’s just what he got Thursday at Torrey Pines, as Woodland carded a bogey-free, 7-under 65 that left him just one shot off the lead after the opening round.

“When you play the North Course, you know you’ve got to have a good round,” said Woodland, who carded five birdies in addition to an eagle at the par-5 18th. “It’s nice to go out there and post a round and hopefully drive the ball in play tomorrow and attack the par-5s.”

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One of the Tour’s longest hitters, Woodland played to his strength while reaching 16 of 18 greens in regulation.

“I really drove the golf ball well, which was huge,” he noted. “It’s nice because if you drive the ball in play, you’ll have a lot of wedges and you’ll give yourself a lot of putts.”

The round marks the continuation of a lengthy stretch of good form for Woodland, who won last year in Reno and tied for second at The Barclays. The 29-year-old got the new wraparound season off to a strong start with a runner-up finish in Malaysia, while he capped his play at the Humana Challenge with rounds of 65 and 68 last weekend in Palm Springs.

“Everything’s really starting to come together. I’m healthier,” he added. “We put a lot of work in this off-season. Really focus on driving the golf ball, and I feel like I’m starting to do that really well now.”

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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.