Kim leads, Creamer 1 back in Mexico

By Will GrayNovember 14, 2014, 10:47 pm

After building a lead through one round in Mexico, Christina Kim did just enough to remain atop the standings at the halfway point. Here's how things look after 36 holes of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, where Kim holds a one-shot lead:

Leaderboard: Christina Kim (-10), Paula Creamer (-9), Azahara Munoz (-7), Suzann Pettersen (-7), Lydia Ko (-7), Pornanong Phatlum (-7), Gerina Piller (-5)

What it means: Kim again got out of the gates quickly, with birdies on three of her first four holes, though she cooled somewhat from there. Still, a 3-under 69 left her just ahead of Creamer as she looks to win on the LPGA for the first time since 2005.

Round of the day: Creamer got off to a hot start and never slowed down, with birdies on three of her first four holes en route to an outward 32. She added three more circles in a four-hole stretch from Nos. 11-14, and her 7-under 65 moved her into solo second place as she looks to win for the second time this year.

Best of the rest: Like Creamer, Pettersen started her round in style with a birdie on the first hole followed by an eagle at the par-5 second. The Norwegian hit every green in regulation during her second-round 66, moving from the middle of the pack to well within striking distance of the lead heading into the weekend.

Biggest disappointment: On a day when more than half of the limited field gathered in Mexico managed to break par, Anna Nordqvist failed to record a single birdie. The Swede struggled on the greens, taking 37 putts to complete a 2-over 74 that dropped her into a tie for 23rd, 11 shots off the pace.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: Kim remains the player to watch as she looks to end a lengthy victory drought, but the cast of characters chasing her includes two of the top four in the Rolex Rankings: Ko, No. 3 and the newest LPGA Rookie of the Year, and fourth-ranked Pettersen. Creamer is her nearest pursuer, looking to add another trophy to her collection after a dramatic victory in Thailand in March.

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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.