Fowler grouped with Rose, Vegas in Rio

By Will GrayAugust 8, 2016, 1:08 pm

Golf's return to the Olympics is now only days away. Here are a few featured groups to keep an eye on during the first two rounds of the 72-hole, stroke-play event this week in Rio (all times ET). Click here for full-field tee times:

8:03 a.m. Thursday, 9:58 a.m. Friday: Matt Kuchar, Danny Willett, Haotong Li

The reigning Masters champ highlights this group, as he is one of only two green jacket recipients in this week's 60-man field. He'll be joined for the first two rounds by Kuchar, a late addition who only last week became aware of the Olympic tournament's actual format, and Li, who played last year on the Web.com Tour before breaking through for a win this year at the Volvo China Open.


8:14 a.m. Thursday, 10:09 a.m. Friday: Bubba Watson, Martin Kaymer, Anirban Lahiri

This group will be a mini-reunion of sorts from Whistling Straits, where Kaymer beat Watson in a playoff to win the 2010 PGA Championship. They have each now won two majors and will share a prominent stage in the anchor group Friday during golf's Olympic return. Joining them will be India's Lahiri, who won twice last year on the European Tour.


9:25 a.m. Thursday, 7:25 a.m. Friday: Sergio Garcia, Patrick Reed, Emiliano Grillo

Garcia is one of the two betting favorites to win the gold medal, as his run of four straight top-5 finishes was interrupted last month by a missed cut at Baltusrol. Joining him will be Reed, who earned a spot on the American squad when Dustin Johnson withdrew, and Grillo, the Argentine who won the Frys.com Open in October in his first start as a PGA Tour member.


9:58 a.m. Thursday, 8:03 a.m. Friday: Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, Jhonattan Vegas

Fowler has made the most of his early time in Rio, documenting much of the festivities on social media. Once he gets down to business, though, he'll be joined by a major champ in Rose who rallied for a T-22 finish at the PGA despite making the cut on the number. Rounding out the group will be Venezuela's Vegas, who won the RBC Canadian Open last month.


10:09 a.m. Thursday, 8:14 a.m. Friday: Henrik Stenson, Thongchai Jaidee, Rafael Cabrera-Bello

At No. 5 in the world, Stenson is the highest-ranked player in this week's field. Weeks removed from his stirring win at The Open, the Swede will play the first two rounds in Rio alongside Thailand's Jaidee, who won the Open de France last month on the European Tour, and Spain's Cabrera-Bello whose consistent play this season has him in position to qualify for his first Ryder Cup team.

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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.