Hull playing shorter Woburn while on the clock

By Randall MellJuly 29, 2016, 2:43 pm

WOBURN, England – Charley Hull fought through some disorienting challenges Friday, trying to move into position to make this a special weekend for English golf.

A hometown favorite here as a member at Woburn Golf Club, Hull posted 2-under-par 70, which put her among the top 10 in the morning wave, six shots off the lead.

Hull played much of the last two days on the clock, with her group under slow-play warnings, something Hull’s not accustomed to as one of the tour’s faster players. 

“I'm usually quite a fast player,” Hull said. “So I don't want to be too much faster. So it can put me out a little bit.”

She also put up her score playing Woburn’s Marquess course almost 1,000 yards shorter than she’s accustomed to seeing it. When Hull plays the Marquess course, it’s usually with male members from the tips, at more than 7,400 yards. It’s set up at 6,463 yards this week.

“I usually play with my boy mates, and I'm hitting 3-woods into a lot of the holes,” Hull said. “I'm not used to shooting that low [on the Marquess course], like level par.”

Hull was paired with Rolex world No. 1 Lydia Ko and Linda Wessberg over the first two rounds. They were put on the clock during large portions of both rounds.

As part of the marquee grouping, Hull was followed by the largest galleries on the course. She said she was more nervous hitting her first tee shot Thursday than she has ever been, but she felt more comfortable on Friday, even though she got off to a sluggish start with two bogeys over the first six holes. She caught fire in the middle of her round, making four consecutive birdies.

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“Today, I didn't feel anywhere near as nervous,” Hull said. “I quite actually liked yesterday, because I started with a few birdies, and I hit it pretty well. There's no reason why I can't go low, so that's why I'm feeling more comfortable.”

Hull, 20, is seeking to make her first LPGA title a major championship. She would like nothing more than to make it the Women’s British Open. She’s looking to become the first English player to win the championship since Karen Stupples 12 years ago.

England’s rallying hard around Hull. Ian Poulter, out from tour golf while recovering from a foot injury, is among fellow Woburn Golf Club members rooting for Hull this week.

“Charley is fun,” Poulter said. “She’s confident. She’s got that presence, where she’s bubbly, excitable, a good character for the game. It’s great to have her playing here at Woburn. I’m sure she feels like she wants to play a strong week at her home club.”

A charter bus full of young English junior girls has been making the trip from nearby Kettering Golf Club, where Hull first played as a child and still plays.

“There were eight juniors there when Charley started there,” said Dave, Charley’s father. “Now, they’re saying there are 80. Charley does clinics there.”

Hull understands her role growing the game in England, where fellow tour pro Mel Reid says the junior game needs a lot of help.

“I'm one of the young English players coming up, so I think that I feel like I am a major role model,” Hull said. “It's a good feeling.”

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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.