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Leishman's wife criticizes fan behavior at Prez Cup

By Will GrayOctober 5, 2017, 4:18 pm

In the wake of a decisive U.S. victory at the Presidents Cup, Audrey Leishman believes that the fans walking the grounds at Liberty National Golf Club could have cleaned up their act.

Leishman's husband, Marc, won the BMW Championship last month and qualified to represent the International team at the biennial matches for the third straight event. Audrey, who herself is an American, penned an essay on her personal blog to question some of the negative fan behavior and jeers she heard while walking the course in support of her Aussie husband.

"There were many times last week that I thought about what the kids were seeing," Leishman wrote. "The crowds were booing for good shots and cheering for missed putts. The drinking at 7am? Screaming 'Big Easy' to Ernie Els and begging for his autograph and then yelling at his players. Heckling a wife for her beauty and then her husband for his play. I was thankful my boys weren't there to see the way people were treating their daddy. Their hero."

After nearly clinching the cup before the final day of matches, the U.S. went on to win, 19-11, for their seventh straight victory over the International squad.

Audrey Leishman's post included a video of Canadian Adam Hadwin hitting the opening tee shot of a match, with the pre-shot silence broken only by a fan in the gallery screaming, "Get in the water!" It also referenced an interview with Daniel Berger after his Saturday fourball win, when he said, "I hope that we close them out today and we go out tomorrow and just beat them even worse."

"The fans felt the same way," she wrote. "I wonder why when that's what they witnessed..."

She added that the animosity finally tapered off on Sunday, with the outcome of the event no longer in doubt, at which point fans returned to "yelling for autographs and pictures" from the International players.

"Golf is truly a gentleman's sport," Leishman wrote. "But last week was not the golf I know."

Leishman's post drew social media praise from both sides on Tour, including Presidents Cup participant Anirban Lahiri and American James Hahn:

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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.