Woods, Day like to 'needle,' give each other 'crap'

By Nick MentaMay 16, 2016, 4:22 pm

When he wasn't fielding questions about his health (or hitting three balls in the water) Monday morning, Tiger Woods was being asked about the No. 1 player in the world and the new Players champion: Jason Day.

Day spoke at length after wins at both Bay Hill and TPC Sawgrass about the role Tiger has taken in his life as both a friend and a mentor. Appearing at Quicken Loans National media day, Woods further detailed their relationship:

"JD and I talk quite a bit, either via text or telephone call," he said. "Some of it’s advice. Most of it is just giving each other crap. We love to needle each other a lot. That's the fun part about our relationship. 

"But, then again, it can switch roles, too, and he'll ask me a bunch of questions about how his game can get better."

Woods said he won't give Day set advice on how the 28-year-old should necessarily chart his career, but will instead relay how he was able to stay atop the the world rankings and dominate golf for so long.

Woods said he would field advice from veterans when he was at a more nascent point in his career, but that he would "make it [his] own ... and that's what Jason is doing," Woods said. "Jason asks great questions, very in-depth questions. He wants to get better."

Woods is also offering Day advice on how his attention will shift as Day's two young children, Dash and Lucy, get older.

"He has a great family, with his two kids there," Woods said. "He's trying to figure out how he can get better as a player, especially with having a family and traveling. ... It gets harder, when you have kids. It gets a little more complicated, and it gets harder. They don't want you to leave. he hasn't quite gotten to that point but it's coming very soon."

Still, Woods isn't at all concerned about how Day will handle himself, believing there's plenty more success in store.

As for Day, he's loving his No. 1 spot and trying to increase his lead in the rankings, just in case a certain someone decides to challenge him.

“Tiger says he's going to kick my butt when he comes back, so I'm going to try and extend that gap, so if he does come back and he has turned into Tiger Woods again ... I've got to kind of watch my behind,” Day said Sunday after The Players. “Yeah, that's the main goal and main reason why I'm trying to extend that lead, so that I stay on top.”

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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.