Playing partner rips Thomas' historic scorecard

By Will GrayJune 17, 2017, 11:23 pm

ERIN, Wis. – Justin Thomas’ scorecard from the third round of the U.S. Open will forever be a part of golf history – even if it has a little wear and tear on it.

Thomas torched Erin Hills for a record-setting 63, tying Johnny Miller’s famous score from Oakmont and becoming the first player to shoot 9 under in the U.S. Open. His playing partner for the round was Jonathan Randolph, a sixth-year pro from Mississippi who has bounced between the PGA Tour and Tour.

Thomas and Randolph have known each other since competing on the junior event circuit, and Randolph was impressed by his playing partner’s “special” performance. But Randolph kept Thomas’ score, and he tore the scorecard slightly at the start of the round without realizing that it would become a part of history by the end of the day.

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“The sad thing is, the card didn’t fit in my pocket right. So I ripped off the bottom part of it some,” Randolph said. “I told them I could re-do it if they needed me to, but I felt pretty guilty. If that goes in like the Hall of Fame and it’s all torn and jagged, they’re going to be wondering who in the world Jonathan Randolph is.”

Randolph and Thomas both played in the 2011 U.S. Amateur at Erin Hills, and he joked after shooting a 1-over 73 that Thomas likely would have closed him out by “the 12th or 13th hole” in match-play format. Randolph called the damage to the card “noticeable” and said scoring officials didn’t take him up on his offer to write out a fresh card for preservation purposes.

“I don’t blame anybody but myself for being a redneck and thinking that the thing wouldn’t fit,” he said. “So I just ripped it a little bit.”

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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.