Weather delay puts Spieth's Singapore Open rally on hold

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 31, 2016, 8:38 am

Jordan Spieth's world tour continues - for another day.

After a lengthy delay for lightning in the area, organizers of the Singapore Open called off play for the day and announced that Round 4 will resume at 7:30 a.m. Monday local time (6:30 p.m. Sunday ET).

World No. 1 Spieth was on the 18th green, assessing a 5-foot birdie putt that might have tied him for the lead, depending on what leader Younghan Song did two holes behind him, when the horn blew for a weather warning. Unlike a horn for darkness, players did not have the option of finishing the hole they were on, so everyone had to head for the clubhouse.

Spieth, 22, was at 10 under par for the tournament, 4 under for the day. He was tied with Wen-Chong Liang, who had finished, and two shots behind Song.

''It is what it is. I will come back tomorrow and try and win this thing,'' Spieth told reporters after play was called.

''I was due to leave tonight but next week was an off week anyway so we have changed the travel schedule and I will be there early tomorrow to try and finish this off.''

Song was on the 16th green, facing a 12-foot putt to save par, so if he missed and Spieth made, they would be tied. Song, however, would have two holes to play - the par-3 17th and par-5 18th.

Spieth, who in the past few months has played in South Korea (for the Presidents Cup), China, Australia, the Bahamas, Hawaii and Abu Dhabi, began the final round five shots behind leader Song. Spieth played the front nine in 2 under, picking up two shots on Song, and added birdies at Nos. 11 and 15 to come another shot closer.

Spieth's birdie at 15 showcased his scrambling ability. His drive landed in the right rough, where he had to contend with trees. He had some temporary signage moved, then punched a low running shot onto the green, where it stopped 8 feet from the hole. He then made the putt to get to 10 under.

Song, 24, was resilient, saving several strokes with clutch shots or putts. He got up and down from well below the putting surface on No. 1, and did the same thing from a collection area on No. 10. Later he canned an 8-foot par putt on No. 14 to avoid a three-putt bogey.

Spieth made a huge clutch putt of his own on the par-3 17th. His tee shot landed in a tongue of heavy rough around a bunker, and he left his pitch about 15 feet short. But just when it seemed he would make bogey and fall out of contention, he calmly rolled in the par putt.

''My game really started to come together on the back nine. I was putting some pressure on the leader,'' Spieth said. ''Assuming I make that putt on 18 that is going to put some pressure on.''

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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 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.