Webb needs big week to avoid ironic Olympic fate

By Randall MellJuly 6, 2016, 1:49 am

SAN MARTIN, Calif. – Karrie Webb’s Olympic dream hangs in the balance this week at the U.S. Women’s Open, but even if she falls short there’s a strangely rich consolation prize.

Webb has devoted herself to giving back to golf in her native Australia, and that’s where this story’s peculiar turn is more kind than cruel.

When the Olympic women’s golf rankings began two years ago, Webb was the top Australian. The Hall of Famer seemed a lock to make it to Rio de Janeiro, a dream she said was fueling her with new ambition as she played into her 40s.

Today, Webb has dropped to third in the Australian Women’s Golf Rankings, outside the qualifying standard to make it to Rio. She has been passed by Minjee Lee and Su Oh, both of whom owe much to Webb’s mentoring.

Back in 2013, Lee and Oh won the Karrie Webb Scholarship, a program Webb started to inspire and nurture young amateur women golfers in her homeland. As scholarship winners, Lee and Oh got to spend a week with Webb at the U.S. Women’s Open at Sebonack, with Webb funding the trip and mentoring them.

At No. 13 in this week’s Rolex Women’s World Rankings, Lee is a lock to win one of the two Australian Olympic spots. At No. 39, Oh is battling Webb for that final spot, though battle isn’t the right word. Webb played a practice round with Oh on Tuesday. At No. 59 in the world, Webb needs a strong top-10 finish to have a chance to surpass Oh and take that second Olympic berth, but she’s still mentoring Oh, an LPGA rookie.

“That’s the thing,” Webb said. “The reason behind the scholarship series is to have more girls out here, doing well. And so, since the start of this whole program, I’ve been cheering for that. I’m not cheering against Su at all. I can’t let myself do that.”

Qualifying for Rio ends with Sunday’s conclusion of the U.S. Women’s Open, and Webb will give it her best, last shot to make the Australian Olympic team.

“I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been thinking about it,” Webb said. “A couple years ago, everyone thought it was guaranteed. I knew Minjee and Su were coming through. So, it doesn’t surprise me I’m on the outside looking in. It just surprises me that I haven’t played better.”

Webb said she hasn’t calculated how high she needs to finish this week to have a chance to pass Oh and make the team.

“I want to win,” Webb said. “I don’t want to play for fourth just because that will get me in. I can’t control what Su does, and she’s been playing well, and so I would expect her to play well.

“I’m disappointed that it’s come down to one tournament, but, really, I just want to play well this week, to enjoy the fruits of the hard work I’ve done. If I play well, and it’s not enough, then it wasn’t meant to be.”

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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.