Torrey top 10, champ alternates in Phoenix

By Will GrayJanuary 27, 2014, 1:45 pm

As Michael Putnam can attest, sometimes "fully exempt" isn't quite what it seems on the PGA Tour.

Putnam emerged as the top money winner during the 2013 regular season on the Tour, and as a result received "fully exempt" status for the 2013-14 PGA Tour season. His travel plans for the Waste Management Phoenix Open this week, though, remain in flux as Putnam is listed as first alternate as of Monday morning after wrapping up a T-37 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Likewise, a top-10 finish usually yields a spot in the next open event, but the logjam of players that finished T-10 or better Sunday in San Diego will now simply line up behind Putnam on the alternate list. That group includes Ryo Ishikawa, who tied for seventh and is now listed as second alternate to tee it up at TPC Scottsdale, and Brad Fritsch, who knew his fate shortly after notching a top-10 finish at Torrey Pines for the second year in a row:



The issues causing the bottleneck in this week's field are two-fold. First, while 156 participants teed it up last week at Torrey Pines, only 132 spots are available this week at the "Greatest show on turf." To compound things, an unusually high number of players are already in the Phoenix field based on major medical exemptions - a category that ranks above Putnam (as top Tour money winner) and those that finished in the top 10 at the previous event.

The list of 12 players utilizing one of their major medical starts this week includes two-time Waste Management winner J.B. Holmes, former U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen and Spencer Levin, who squandered a six-shot lead in Phoenix during the final round in 2012.

A silver lining exists for those who cracked the top 10 at Torrey Pines: should they remain on the outside looking in this week, their status would carry over in order to get them into the next eligible event, which would be the Northern Trust Open in two weeks.

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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.