Finau faces 'win-win' situation of WGC or Pueto Rico

By Will GrayMarch 8, 2017, 11:02 pm

PALM HARBOR, Fla. – Tony Finau will be playing a tournament in two weeks. He just doesn’t know where yet.

Finau earned his maiden PGA Tour victory at last year’s Puerto Rico Open, and he would relish an opportunity to go back and defend a title for the first time on Tour. But that event is played against the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship, and Finau still has one last chance to crack that elite field.

He enters the Valspar Championship ranked No. 77 in the world, and the top 64 players after this week’s event will be guaranteed spots in the March 22-26 bracket.

“I think it’s a pretty cool scenario, to be honest,” Finau said. “I don’t know how many times in my career I’ll be in this scenario where it’s kind of a win-win.”

The match play bubble will likely extend beyond No. 64, given that Henrik Stenson has announced plans to skip the tournament and Adam Scott and Justin Rose are both also expected to sit out.

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Finau is hardly alone among the bubble boys chasing a last-minute match play berth. A total of 10 players ranked between Nos. 65-80 in the world are teeing it up this week at Innisbrook, including Charles Howell III, Jason Dufner and Billy Horschel. 

Finau has never played in a WGC event before, and while he would enjoy returning to the Isle of Enchantment, he’d much rather book a flight to Austin.

“I’d love to be playing in the match play,” he said. “I have a good match play record, being a state amateur champ in Utah, and I just enjoy that style of golf. I’d love to get there, and I have an opportunity this week.”

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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.