Block outlasts Broce for PGA PNC title

By Will GrayJune 25, 2014, 9:22 pm

Michael Block birdied the second extra hole to win a playoff over Jamie Broce and claim the title at the PGA Professional National Championship.

Block shot an even-par 72 Wednesday at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club to erase a three-shot deficit to Broce, who had led after both the second and third rounds. Block, who is the head professional at Arroyo Trubaco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, Calif., finished the week at 2-under 286, and the 38-year-old became just the ninth player to win the event in his first appearance. As champion, he receives $75,000 and six exemptions into PGA Tour events over the next 12 months, plus a spot in his first PGA Championship in August.

"I wasn't in any ads or pictures or anything before this, so I came in under the radar," Block said. "I'm a little more known on my cul-de-sac than I am here, so when I got here there was no pressure on me."

While Block's haul as champion is an impressive one, the main prizes this week in Myrtle Beach were the 20 berths available to this season's final major. Block and Broce both punched their tickets to Valhalla Golf Club, as did Stuart Deane, Frank Esposito, Rod Perry, Bob Sowards, Dustin Volk, David Hronek, Johan Kok, Dave Tentis, Steve Schneiter, Rob Corcoran, Aaron Krueger, Dave McNabb and Jerry Smith, who all finished at 4-over 292 or better.

A playoff was required to determine the final five spots, as six players tied for 16th at 5-over 293. Ryan Helminen, Brian Norman, Matt Pesta and Eric Williamson were the first four players to advance, while the final spot came down to Curtis Malm and former PGA Tour winner Jim McGovern. When Malm was unable to complete the fifth playoff hole, McGovern earned the 20th and final berth into the field at Valhalla.

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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.