Monday finishes have plagued recent N.Y.-area majors

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 30, 2016, 10:32 pm

Is the metropolitan New York area all wet? As far as recent major championships are concerned, the answer is yes. Two of the three most recent majors held in the area - the 2005 PGA at Baltusrol and the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black - went to weather-related Monday finishes. Only the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot managed to finish on a Sunday. And now it appears there is a chance that this year's PGA at Baltusrol will spill over to Monday, too.

Here are some other notes provided by Golf Channel researcher Justin Ray:

• When play was suspended at 2:14 p.m. ET Saturday because of the threat of lightning, 37 players had completed their third round. Thirty-nine players were still on the course, and 10 players had yet to tee off.

• There have been three weather-related Monday finishes in PGA Championship history. The last came at Baltusrol in 2005 when Phil Mickelson won. The others were at Inverness in 1986 (Bob Tway won) and Congressional in 1976 (Dave Stockton won).

• Although Jason Day didn’t hit a shot Saturday, he is in pursuit of his ninth win and second major over the last two PGA Tour seasons. Since 1980 only three other players have won at least nine times with multiple majors in a two-season span: Tom Watson in 1980-81, Nick Price, 1993-94, and Tiger Woods, who did it seven times.

• If Day wins the PGA, the Australian would become just the fifth player in the last 50 years from outside the U.S. to win two majors at age 28 or younger, joining Rory McIlroy (2012, 23), Ernie Els, 1997, 27), Seve Ballesteros (1980, 23) and Tony Jacklin (1970, 25).

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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.