Harrington Leads Monty Out in Portugal

By Golf Channel NewsroomApril 27, 2001, 4:00 pm
It wasnt as spectacular as his opening 64, but Padraig Harringtons 2-under-par 70 at Quinta do Lago was good enough to keep the Irishman out front entering the final two rounds of the Algarve Portuguese Open
 
Harrington managed to maintain his overnight lead on the field. At 10-under, the 29-year-old Dubliner is two shots clear of Scotlands Alastair Forsyth (68) and Englands David Gilford (70).
 
Its pleasing to be in contention no matter where you are playing and Im looking forward to the weekend, said Harrington, who has 13 top-3 finishes in his last two-plus seasons on tour.
 
While Harrington continued to try and solidify a spot on the 2001 European Ryder Cup team, his playing companion once again faltered.
 
Colin Montgomerie shot rounds of 72-73-145 to miss the cut. It was the first cut the seven-time Order of Merit champion has missed in Europe since last years BMW International Open.
 
However, its the second consecutive cut hes missed, dating back to the U.S. Masters Tournament.
 
Obviously, Im disappointed, said Montgomerie, who last missed back-to-back cuts in 1998 at the Smurfit European Open and BMW International Open.
 
I had chances coming in but my putting let me down. It is just one of those things but my game is not so good just now. Ill have to go out and work on it and see if I can get out of it. I shouldnt be missing cuts.
 
Montgomerie is currently 10th on the Ryder Cup standings. Harrington resides in third place.
 
Gilfords mundane score of 70 belies his roller-coaster round, which featured five bogeys, three birdies and two eagles, both of which came courtesy of holed wedge shots on the par-5 5th and 17th holes.
 
It was unbelievable. Ive never done that twice in one round, Gilford said. Both shots were pretty identical, about 100 yards to the pin and they just dropped into the hole. I couldnt believe it.
 
Eighty-two players made the cut, which fell at even-par 144.
 
Full-field scores from the Algarve Open de Portugal
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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.