Park takes 'Big Three' honors in Rd. 1 at Tiburon

By Randall MellNovember 21, 2013, 10:46 pm

NAPLES, Fla. – Inbee Park took honors again in the Big Three pairing Thursday at the CME Group Titleholders.

Rolex world No. 1 Park, No. 2 Suzann Pettersen and No. 3 Stacy Lewis played together in the first round at Tiburon.

Park shot 4-under-par 68, Lewis 71 and Pettersen 72.

It was the first time they have all been paired together since the first two rounds of the U.S. Women’s Open at Sebonack, where Park beat Pettersen by a cumulative 19 shots and Lewis by 12.

That beating sparked bold answers from Lewis and Pettersen. Lewis won the very next major, the Ricoh Women’s British Open, and Pettersen won the final major of the year, the Evian Championship.

The trio didn’t exactly light it up early on Thursday at Tiburon.

“It was definitely some boring golf,” Lewis said.

Lewis birdied the final two holes to get under par. She holed a 6-footer at the 17th and a 15-footer at the 18th.

“It was a bit frustrating, but definitely ended on a good note,” Lewis said. “Making those last two birdies was huge.”

The Big Three have combined to win 13 of 27 LPGA events this year and all of the majors. They won’t be paired together again Friday with the LPGA re-pairing after every round.

There’s a lot at stake still for the trio. Pettersen can overtake Park as Rolex No. 1 with a win or second-place finish, depending on how Park finishes. All three are still in the running for the money-winning title and the Vare Trophy for low scoring average.

Lewis will be paired with Lydia Ko and Chella Choi (9 a.m.).

Park goes off with Sun Young Yoo and Brittany Lang (10:28 a.m.).

Pettersen goes off with Michelle Wie and I.K. Kim (9:33 a.m.).

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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.