Spieth climbs to OWGR No. 9; Sneds outside top 50

By Ryan LavnerDecember 8, 2014, 12:15 pm

Nearing the two-year anniversary of the day he turned pro, Jordan Spieth will enter the 2015 calendar year with a new title: top-10 player in the world.

After a run of events brought him from Japan (T-3) to Australia (won) to Florida (won), Spieth jumped from No. 11 to No. 9 after his runaway victory at the Hero World Challenge.

The events with world-ranking significance this week are the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Championship, the Australian PGA and the Asian Tour’s Thailand Golf Championship, which is set to include Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Lee Westwood and Ernie Els, among others.

Danny Willett, who came from behind to win the Nedbank Golf Challenge, rose from No. 84 to No. 56 in the world. It was the second title of the 27-year-old’s career, following his maiden victory at the 2012 BMW International Open.

Even though he finished a distant second to Spieth at Isleworth, Henrik Stenson earned valuable world-ranking points that will keep him at No. 2 in the world for the rest of the calendar year. Neither world No. 1 Rory McIlroy nor No. 3 Adam Scott played last week.   

Tiger Woods returned to competition last week in Orlando, but his share of last place (T-17) actually moved him down a spot in the world rankings, from No. 24 to No. 25.

Here is the top 10 in the world heading into this week’s action: McIlroy, Stenson, Scott, Watson, Justin Rose, Jim Furyk, Garcia, Jason Day, Spieth and Rickie Fowler.

The top 50 at year’s end are exempt into all of the 2015 majors and World Golf Championship events. Currently on the bubble is No. 50 Brendon Todd, who swapped places with new No. 51 Brandt Snedeker. During the 2013 FedEx Cup playoffs, Snedeker was ranked as high as No. 7. Others in the mix are No. 46 Gary Woodland, No. 48 Kevin Streelman, No. 54 Louis Oosthuizen and No. 57 Jonas Blixt.  

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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.