McDowell disappointed by Ryder Cup fallout

By Ryan LavnerOctober 14, 2014, 5:30 pm

Regardless of what the PGA of America says publicly, Phil Mickelson’s very public takedown of Tom Watson was the impetus for the newly formed 11-man Ryder Cup task force.

Even if it apparently violated one of the cup’s unwritten rules. 

“You don’t call your captain out at a Ryder Cup – win, lose or draw,” Graeme McDowell told reporters Tuesday at the Volvo World Match Play. 

With so much focus on what the Americans keep doing wrong, McDowell says it’s unfortunate that there is less focus on how well his team actually played in Scotland. McDowell, for instance, went 3-0 at Gleneagles as the Europeans won their sixth cup in their last seven tries.

European team stalwarts Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood have already weighed in on the new U.S. task force, with the latter calling it a “massive pat on the back and confidence booster” for Europe.   

Says McDowell, “The positive is their renewed effort to win the Ryder Cup, and that can only be good for the tournament in the short term, and should up the excitement level.”

As for the Americans’ most recent captain, McDowell joined many in saying that he was surprised that the 65-year-old Watson had failed to inspire the U.S. team. 

“He seemed a little disconnected and aloof on the golf course when I did see him,” McDowell said. “He didn’t seem to be engaging with the players, and seemed a little distant.” 

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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.