Neil becomes first Scot to win British Am since '04

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 22, 2014, 6:44 pm

Scotland's Bradley Neil won the British Amateur Sunday at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, defeating South African Zander Lombard, 2 and 1, in the 36-hole championship match.

Neil, 18, became the first Scot to win the prestigious championship since 2004, when Stuart Wilson won. The victory also earned Neil a spot in the British Open next month at Royal Liverpool, and next year's Masters and U.S. Open. The runner-up performance earned Lombard, 19, a position in final qualifying for the British Open.

"To play in front of a big crowd like this is incredible," Neil said. "This win is not just for me, it is for everyone that has helped me. I am so proud that my name will be added to the list of past winners.

"It means a lot to me to have the chance to compete with major champions in the Open. It will be fantastic, it will be a strong test and it will be good to see how my game copes."

The championship match was all square after the morning 18 holes and was again all square after nine holes in the afternoon session. But Lombard made bogey on the 28th hole and Neil won the 31st hole with a bogey after Lombard  was unable to find his tee ball. Lombard made two birdies to keep the contest close but the match was over on the 35th hole when both players halved with par.

"We both played really solid today and I have to say thumbs up to Bradley, he's an awesome golfer with a lot of talent," Lombard said. "We are pretty good friends and it is always nice having really good company on the golf course."

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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.