Fowler, Dufner make OWGR moves after wins

By Will GrayJanuary 25, 2016, 1:27 pm

Rickie Fowler has reached unprecedented Official World Golf Ranking heights following his win in Abu Dhabi, while Jason Dufner's victory at the CareerBuilder Challenge allowed him to cut his world ranking in half.

Fowler jumped two spots to No. 4 in the latest standings after he finished one shot clear of an elite field in the desert, his fourth worldwide victory since May. Fowler had reached No. 5 in the rankings a number of times in recent months, notably after his win at the Scottish Open, but this marks his highest career ranking.

Dufner, meanwhile, survived a sudden-death playoff at the CareerBuilder Challenge to record his first victory since the 2013 PGA Championship. That win at Oak Hill moved him to No. 8 in the world, but his game faltered and he began 2016 ranked No. 135. After a top-10 at the Sony Open, Dufner moved to No. 120 and now jumped another 60 spots to No. 60 with his fourth Tour career victory.

Dufner's opponent in that playoff was David Lingmerth, who continued the strong play he showed in the latter half of last season. This was Lingmerth's third playoff appearance in his last 16 PGA Tour starts, and despite coming up short he moved up 16 spots to a career-best 36th in the latest rankings.

Other movers included Phil Mickelson, who jumped five spots to No. 31 after a T-3 finish in Palm Springs, while Kevin Na moved up three spots to No. 20 after his fourth top-three finish in six starts during this wraparound season.

Thomas Pieters finished alone in second behind Fowler in Abu Dhabi, and as a result the young Belgian vaulted 30 positions to No. 58 while Branden Grace moved to the cusp of the top 10, now ranked No. 11 after his T-5 finish.

Fowler's move was the only change to the top 10, although Rory McIlroy is now within one-tenth of a point of Jason Day for the second slot. Jordan Spieth remains No. 1, followed by Day, McIlroy, Fowler, Bubba Watson, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk and Patrick Reed.

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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.