Despite wrap-around schedule, anchor ban to start Jan. 1, 2016

By Rex HoggardDecember 4, 2014, 7:53 pm

WINDERMERE, Fla. – It did not go unnoticed this week that Keegan Bradley is putting with a non-anchored putter at the Hero World Challenge.

Although Bradley said his decision to switch from his anchored putter was motivated by what he considered his worst putting year in 2014, there is also the looming ban on anchoring that will begin on Jan. 1, 2016.

That deadline, it turned out, caused some debate in PGA Tour circles. When the circuit transitioned to its new wrap-around schedule last year there were questions as to when the Tour would begin the ban.

Seven tournaments have already been played that will count toward the 2014-15 season, and it will be the same next year prompting some to question if the ban would begin after next season, which would end with the Tour Championship in September, or wait until Jan. 1 which would result in two different sets of rules governing a single season.

Ultimately, the Tour decided to go with the Jan. 1 deadline, just as it will with any other rule changes regardless of the new split-calendar schedule.

“The implementation date for the proposed rule was one of the many facets of this review,” said Tyler Dennis, the Tour’s vice president of competition.

“But given that PGA Tour competitions are played under the Rules of Golf, the rules change on a normal four-year cycle and there are numerous other rules changes that occur, there is no plan to deviate from this timeline with respect to the new rule on anchored strokes.”

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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 GolfChannel.com 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.