Cycling trip pays dividends for Villegas

By Will GrayAugust 18, 2014, 12:42 am

GREENSBORO, N.C. – While many big names were playing two weeks ago at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Camilo Villegas was riding his bike thousands of miles away.

The unorthodox approach paid dividends for Villegas, who fired a 7-under 63 Sunday to capture the Wyndham Championship for his fourth PGA Tour victory.

A native of Colombia, Villegas traveled back to visit his parents in South America two weeks ago. An avid cyclist, he spent much of his leisure time riding his bike in his homeland.

“I probably (biked) a little over 400 miles,” Villlegas said. “It was a nice week, recharged. Sent my clubs home to Jupiter.”

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Teeing it up for the first time since a withdrawal from the RBC Canadian Open, Villegas carded bookend rounds of 63 and was the last man standing at Sedgefield Country Club as myriad challengers fell just short. He finished one shot clear of Bill Haas and Fredrik Jacobson for his first win since the 2010 Honda Classic.

Known for years as one of the Tour’s fittest players, Villegas said he considers a long ride to be 100 miles and looks to the road as one of his preferred escapes from life inside the ropes.

“The cycling, it gets me away from everything,” he said. “Especially I love riding with a lot of guys. I ride really good, so there’s a lot of suffering and no time to think. Somehow I love that, I don’t know why.”

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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.