Donald hopes to turn around 'slow season' at Wyndham

By Will GrayAugust 20, 2016, 10:36 pm

GREENSBORO, N.C. – A difficult season for Luke Donald could end on a very different note at the Wyndham Championship.

While the Englishman was the focus of Ryder Cup discussion at this point two years ago, his game has largely declined in the months since. The former world No. 1 entered this week’s event ranked 90th in the world, secure for the FedEx Cup Playoffs largely from his T-2 finish at the RBC Heritage which remains his lone worldwide top-10 finish since October.

But Donald has found a friendly layout in Sedgefield Country Club, where accuracy and precision are in high demand. He sparked his opening round with a hole-in-one, and after a third-round 64 he is tied for third, five shots behind leader Si Woo Kim.

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“It’s been a slow, slow season for me. Obviously disappointing, not enough consistency,” Donald said. “Had some good patches around April, early May, but it hasn’t been as consistent as I would like to see in my game. But I’ve been working extremely hard on it, and it’s nice to see some form coming into play.”

Donald maintained a clean sheet Saturday, carding six birdies against no bogeys and will play alongside Jim Furyk in Sunday’s penultimate pairing. He knows that valuable points are up for grabs in the final round, points that could help push his postseason run beyond The Barclays, and while another Ryder Cup bid is unlikely he still has hopes of snagging his first PGA Tour win since 2012.

“It just takes one good week out here to really change a season around,” he said. “This is as good a time as ever to get going, especially with the playoffs just about to start.”

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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.