McIlroy: 'About time' I played in Palmer's tournament

By Will GrayFebruary 25, 2015, 6:53 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Rory McIlroy said it's "about time" he played in Arnold Palmer's tournament.

The world No. 1, who is making his PGA Tour season debut at the Honda Classic, announced earlier this year that instead of using one of the two Texas-based events as a tuneup for the Masters, he instead will make his first appearance in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

While the field at Bay Hill typically boasts big names such as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, McIlroy has been conspicuously absent. Speaking Wednesday at PGA National, the Ulsterman outlined his reasons for adding the event to his schedule – primarily the tournament’s 85-year-old host.

“Priorities have changed, and it’s a big event,” McIlroy said. “What Arnold Palmer has done for our game, and what he’s done for the PGA Tour, it was about time that I showed up there and played in his tournament.”


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McIlroy added that while he grew up idolizing fellow European Seve Ballesteros, he has great respect for the impact Palmer had on growing the professional game.

“We wouldn’t play in front of as many people or in front of as many TV cameras, or play for as much,” he said. “Especially getting golf as a product out there, it all happened in the '50s and '60s. Arnold, Mark McCormack, all that sort of started happening around then.

“If it wasn’t for that, who knows where our game would be? So I think we owe a lot to Arnold for that.”

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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.