Vegas cracks OWGR top 50 for first time with RBC win

By Will GrayJuly 31, 2017, 1:21 pm

Jhonattan Vegas reached unprecedented heights in the Official World Golf Ranking with his second straight win at the RBC Canadian Open.

The Venezuelan ousted Charley Hoffman in a playoff to successfully defend his title at Glen Abbey Golf Club, and he jumped 30 spots to No. 48 in the latest rankings. It marks the first time the 32-year-old has ever been ranked inside the OWGR top 50.

Despite falling short of the title, Hoffman still moved up seven spots to No. 31 in the world, continuing his steady ascent this summer after being ranked as low as No. 71 in March. Ian Poulter moved up nine spots to No. 62 for finishing third, while Gary Woodland's fourth-place showing moved him from No. 47 to No. 42.

David Lingmerth moved down one spot to No. 100, but that should still be good enough to book his ticket to Quail Hollow as the PGA of America is expected to give special exemptions into the PGA Championship to all players not otherwise exempt from inside the OWGR top 100 this week. Notable names outside that bubble include No. 106 Graeme McDowell, No. 109 Andrew "Beef" Johnston and No. 114 Graham DeLaet.

The only change among the top 10 came at No. 6, where an idle Jon Rahm edged past Jason Day. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia. Rahm is now back at No. 6, with Day, Henrik Stenson, Alex Noren and Brooks Koepka rounding out the top 10.

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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.