Puerto Rico finish shakes up Valspar field

By Rex HoggardMarch 9, 2015, 7:06 pm

PALM HARBOR, Fla. – In an ultimate game of musical chairs, the field for this week’s Valspar Championship was turned upside down following Sunday’s final round at the Puerto Rico Open.

According to PGA Tour regulations, a top-10 finish assures a player a spot in the next “open tournament” field if they were not already playing the event. So when 11 players punched their tickets to Innisbrook via their finish in Puerto Rico, it created a cascading makeover of the Valspar field.

In short, guys who were not in the field knocked out guys who had been. It went something like this:

Emiliano Grillo (who tied for second place in Puerto Rico) knocked out Andrew Putnam; Tim Petrovic (T-2) in, Jim Herman out; Will Wilcox (T-6) in, Fabian Gomez out; Scott Pinkney (T-6) in, Max Homa out; Rod Pampling (T-10) in, David Lingmerth out; John Daly (T-10) in, Chad Collins out; Rafael Cabrera Bello (T-10) in, Blayne Barber out; and Chris Smith (T-10) in, Steve Wheatcroft out.

Sam Saunders also finished tied for second in Puerto Rico and knocked J.J. Henry off the Valspar tee sheet, but Henry received Saunders’ sponsor exemption to play Innisbrook.

Daly’s sponsor exemption, which he didn’t need after his first top-10 finish on Tour since 2012, went to Trevor Immelman, and the last sponsor exemption went to Homa.

In unrelated news, four players who participated in last week’s WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral – Bernd Wiesberger, Greg Chalmers, David Lipsky and Marc Warren – made the trip across Alligator Alley late Sunday to play in Monday’s qualifier.

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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.