Garcia stays positive after T-2 finish at Hoylake

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2014, 5:59 pm

HOYLAKE, England – Sergio Garcia finished second in another Open Championship, though this time under far different circumstances.

Unlike in 2007, when a final-round 73 cost him the claret jug at Carnoustie, Garcia ignited the crowds with a 7-under 65 Sunday that nearly was enough to erase a seven-shot deficit. At 15-under 273, he finished two shots behind Rory McIlroy at Royal Liverpool.

This was Garcia’s sixth career top-3 finish in a major. That’s tied for second-most of any player without a win, behind only Lee Westwood (eight).


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“Everybody looks at you as second and they want to make it a negative,” he said. “Not at all. I felt like I played well. I felt like I did almost everything I could, and there was a better player. It’s as simple as that.”

Garcia pulled within two shots of the lead after McIlroy bogeyed No. 13, but Garcia dropped a shot on the par-3 15th when he left his second shot in the greenside bunker. He also left putts short on 16 (eagle) and 17 (birdie), when his 10-footer could have pulled him within two of the lead heading to the reachable 18th.

“I think we tried to push him as hard as we could,” said Garcia, who recorded only his second top 10 in his last 12 major starts. “Obviously it’s not easy when you know that you can’t make any mistakes. There’s so many things that have to go right for you to be able to get as close. I think we gave it a good effort and there was someone a little bit better.”

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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.