Eight of top 30 in Franklin Templeton field

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 14, 2014, 8:25 pm

Eight of the top 30 players in the Official World Golf Rankings are scheduled to compete in the 26th Franklin Templeton Shootout, which returns to Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples for its 14th year year December 8-13.

Tournament host and World Golf Hall of Fame member Greg Norman announced the 24-player field on Tuesday:

Keegan Bradley   Matt Kuchar  Brandt Snedeker
Jason Day    Justin Leonard   Steve Stricker
Harris English Graeme McDowell Cameron Tringale
Retief Goosen  Sean O’Hair Scott Verplank
Billy Horschel Ryan Palmer Camilo Villegas
Charles Howell III   Kenny Perry Jimmy Walker
Jerry Kelly Ian Poulter Mike Weir
Chris Kirk Rory Sabbatini  Gary Woodland

The two-man team event returns defending champions Kuchar and English, as well as the current FedEx Cup champion, Horschel.

Others in the top 30 are Day, McDowell, Walker, Kirk, Bradley and Stricker.

Five players - Kirk, Palmer, Tringale, Walker and Woodlandwill be competing for the first time. Of the other 19 returning contestants, eight have won the event.

The pairings for the 12, two-man teams will be announced at the end of this month.

Norman, who recently pondered if a return to golf was in the cards after a chainsaw accident, will not be competing in the tournament because of his broadcast duties with Fox Sports, but he is scheduled to compete in the Tuesday and Wednesday pro-am event.

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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.