Spieth on 68: 'Won mental battle with myself'

By Will GrayJune 30, 2016, 10:45 pm

AKRON, Ohio – While he wasn’t sporting a top hat, and he never produced a wand, Jordan Spieth pulled off nothing short of a magic trick during the opening round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

An erratic day of ball-striking that could have easily yielded an over-par score instead ended with 68 swipes, leaving Spieth at 2 under and very much in the mix for the season’s final WGC title.

Spieth was visibly frustrated throughout much of his round, and he found only two of his first 13 greens in regulation. But he held it together with a number of clutch par saves, notably a 21-foot par save off the fringe on No. 8 and a 22-footer on the very next hole.

“Two greens in 13 holes means you’re probably not going to be under par no matter where you’re playing, especially here,” Spieth said. “Started hitting some greens and really got that putter hot. I made a couple great par saves that kind of started getting my putter hot, and finally there were more birdies instead of pars.”

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Once he steadied the ship, Spieth closed with a flurry of four straight birdies that took him from the bottom half of the standings to the front page of the leaderboard.

“Today was a big round for me. I won the mental battle with myself,” he said. “I’ve been struggling a little bit tee to green as of late, not to the same strokes gained level that I normally play at. Just searching for a couple different answers in my swing that weren’t there.

“To shoot 2 under around this place without having it bodes well for the rest of the week.”

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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.