Blixt couldn't close lead, but high finish helps

By Will GrayFebruary 15, 2016, 3:14 am

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am came down to Vaughn Taylor and Phil Mickelson, but for much of the final round it looked like Jonas Blixt would be just as much of a factor.

Blixt began the day four shots behind Mickelson, but the Swede got off to a quick start Sunday along Stillwater Cove. After a birdie on No. 3, Blixt eagled the par-5 sixth and added a birdie on No. 7 to briefly take a two-shot lead with Mickelson faltering behind him.

But dreams of a third PGA Tour title were quickly dashed when Blixt bogeyed No. 8 and managed to play the back nine only in even par. At 15 under, he ended up alone in third place, one shot behind Mickelson and two behind Taylor.

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“I don’t know, I just kept playing good golf,” Blixt said. “I missed two greens and I made two bogeys. Not the easiest up-and-downs, but I kept trying.”

Blixt hasn’t won since the 2013 Greenbrier Classic, and he needed a good finish at the Wyndham Championship in August simply to retain his card. He struggled through a stretch of five straight missed cuts earlier this season, but seemingly discovered a spark with a T-6 finish last month at the Farmers Insurance Open. This is highest finish on Tour since finishing runner-up to Bubba Watson at 2014 Masters.

He built upon that momentum this week at Pebble Beach, despite the fact that he failed to keep pace with the leaders coming down the stretch.

“I wanted to give myself a lot of chances today, and give myself a chance to win,” he said. “Didn’t really do it, but I tried.”

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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.