Nicklaus: Majors outweigh Ryder Cup

By Will GrayFebruary 29, 2016, 1:10 am

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – After hosting two dozen U.S. Ryder Cup hopefuls at his home earlier this week, Jack Nicklaus shed light on some of the insight he shared with the room comprising some of America’s best players.

The answer to ending a three-match losing skid in the Ryder Cup, according to Nicklaus? Put the event in its proper perspective.

“I said, there you are talking about the Ryder Cup, but you’ve got four majors in front of you. You’ve got far more important things to your life than the Ryder Cup coming up,” Nicklaus told reporters Sunday at the Honda Classic. “It’s a great honor to represent your country, and it’s a great honor to be part of an international team, but it’s supposed to be fun.”

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Nicklaus played on seven Ryder Cup teams during his illustrious career, and he also captained the U.S. squad in 1987. But he is known far better for his 18 major championships than anything he did in the biennial event, a point that he reiterated to the players gathered at his North Palm Beach, Fla., home.

“I said, can you tell me who won and lost in the last Ryder Cup? No, but can you tell me who won the last four majors? Absolutely you can tell me,” Nicklaus said. “So it’s not that big of a deal. I know you want to play your best, but take it as a game that you prepare for and have fun and go play, but it’s for bragging rights. Don’t try to make it more than what it is.

“You want to talk about pressure,” he continued. “You’re going to tell me that you’ve got more pressure playing the Ryder Cup than coming down the 18th hole at Augusta or the U.S. Open, trying to win a major championship? Crap.”

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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.