McIlroy begins week as PGA Champ. betting favorite

By Will GrayAugust 7, 2017, 8:01 pm

Jordan Spieth has labeled Rory McIlroy as the favorite for this week's PGA Championship, and Las Vegas seems to agree.

While the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook installed Spieth and McIlroy as co-favorites last month, McIlroy will start the week as a 7/1 betting favorite. Spieth is next at 8/1, followed by world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and recent winner Hideki Matsuyama at 12/1.

McIlroy's dominance at Quail Hollow is well-documented, with two wins and six top-10s in seven starts, while Spieth has won two of his last three starts, including The Open.

Here's a look at some of the odds on other contenders, as Quail Hollow gets set to host the season's final major for the first time:

7/1: Rory McIlroy

8/1: Jordan Spieth

12/1: Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama

15/1: Rickie Fowler

20/1: Jon Rahm

25/1: Brooks Koepka, Jason Day

35/1: Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Paul Casey, Justin Rose, Adam Scott, Justin Thomas

40/1: Phil Mickelson, Thomas Pieters

50/1: Matt Kuchar, Tommy Fleetwood, Charley Hoffman, Daniel Berger

60/1: Zach Johnson, Alex Noren, Branden Grace, Marc Leishman

80/1: Patrick Reed, Louis Oosthuizen, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Bubba Watson, Kevin Kisner, Jason Dufner, Ian Poulter, J.B. Holmes, Francesco Molinari, Tony Finau, Kevin Chappell

100/1: Jimmy Walker, Charl Schwartzel, Brendan Steele, Gary Woodland, Xander Schauffele

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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.