Spieth doesn't fret over cracked driver head

By Jay CoffinApril 7, 2016, 9:19 pm

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jordan Spieth knew something was wrong. His swing coach, Cameron McCormick, did not.

Spieth was grinding on the practice range late Wednesday on the eve of his Masters title defense when he noticed the flight of balls launched from his driver were higher and shorter than usual.

“(McCormick) grabbed the face to see if I was hitting it lower or higher on the face to produce that, and he said, ‘we’ve got a problem.’” Spieth said.

It was definitely a cracked driver head. In fact, Spieth said after shooting an opening-round 66 Thursday at the Masters that the crack was in the exact same position it’s been each of the last three times he cracked a driver.

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“It’s just a little horizontal line at the middle, kind of right where you want to hit the driver, middle to top of the face,” Spieth said.

A similar problem happened to Spieth right before the 2014 Players Championship and he went bogey-free the first three rounds and had a chance to win the tournament before faltering to Martin Kaymer in Round 4. So, needless to say, there wasn’t much anxiety over the first round of the Masters.

After the incident, Spieth took the shaft off his original driver and hit five balls with four different heads and tinkered with various swing weights before selecting a backup.

“Obviously not ideal, but I hit balls this morning before the round and everything seemed fine,” he said. “I did hit a lot of 3-woods today but my driver didn’t cost me anything.”

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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.