Lewis opens with 67 for early lead at U.S. Open

By Will GrayJune 19, 2014, 11:33 pm

PINEHURST, N.C. – Pinehurst No. 2 proved difficult during the opening round of the U.S. Women’s Open, but Stacy Lewis barely seemed to break a sweat. Here’s how things look heading into Round 2, where Lewis will begin with a one-shot lead:

Leaderboard: Stacy Lewis (-3), Michelle Wie (-2), Katherine Kirk (-1), So Yeon Ryu (-1), Minjee Lee (a) (-1), Karrie Webb (Even), Paula Creamer (Even)

What it means: Lewis has been playing well this year, with a pair of wins and now the the No. 1 spot in the Rolex Rankings. She kept up the momentum Thursday, firing a bogey-free 67 after finding 17 of 18 greens in regulation. Lewis made birdies on two of the more difficult par-4s at Pinehurst, Nos. 8 and 16, and added a third circle after an accurate wedge approach at the 14th.

Best of the rest: Wie was a runner-up at the season’s first major and is again in contention after opening with a 68. She got her round started with a birdie on the second but made the turn at 1 over before getting back into red figures with birdies on 10, 12 and 14. She gave one back at No. 16 but finished her round with a 6-foot birdie on the home hole to get to one behind Lewis.

Biggest disappointment: Inbee Park entered as the defending champion and has six top-10 finishes in this event since 2007, but she will need to play well just to make the cut after opening with a 6-over 76. Park had a pair of birdies but also a pair of double bogeys and found only 10 of 18 greens in regulation.

Main storyline heading into Friday: With play suspended because of weather late Thursday, there still is some golf to complete, with the last groups still with three holes to go. Once the second round starts, though, all eyes will be on Lewis as she looks to stay out in front of the pack and put herself in position for a third major title.

Shot of the day: Italy’s Giulia Sergas struggled to a 77, but did author a highlight with a hole-in-one on the par-3 15th. Sergas hit a 7-iron from 164 yards that found the target.

Quote of the day: “It was such an easy day.” – Lewis

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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.