Mens NCAA Finals Set
In all, 30 teams qualified for the NCAA Finals, which will take place May 30 ' June 2 at Duke University Golf Club in Durham, NC.
The Duke Blue Devils will not be among those competing for the team championship. The Devils lost to the University of Mississippi in a one-hole playoff in the East Regional in Williamsburg, Va.
East Tennessee State was the Beast of the East with a 36-under-par 828 team total. They finished eight shots in front of North Carolina State.
Also qualifying from the East were Florida, Clemson, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern and the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
Camilo Villegas, a freshman from Florida, shot a 15-under-par 201 to take home the medallist honors. He finished a two shots clear of Georgia Tech sensation Bryce Molder.
All those who qualified via their teams will compete for the individual title in Durham, as will the low two players in the regionals from non-qualifying teams. Kirk Satterfield of Furman and Dukes Leif Olson earned a trip to the national championship.
Arizona State ran away with the title in the West Regional in Corvallis, Ore. At 12-under-par 852, the Sun Devils finished 15 shots ahead of rival Arizona.
University of California at Irvine, Pacific University, South Carolina, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, Wake Forest and Washington also advanced into the finals.
South Carolinas Kyle Thompson and Arizona States Matt Jones shared medallist honors. Both shot 8-under-par 208s.
Nick Watney of Fresno State and Charleton Dechert of Oral Roberts were the top two players from non-qualifying teams.
Kent State, Oklahoma and Purdue shared first place in the regional that included 18 of the nations top 50 teams. The three teams finished the three-day tournament in Stillwater, Okla., at 19-over-par 883.
The College of Charleston, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Augusta State, Toledo, Southern Methodist University and Houston also advanced into the finals.
Texas, who entered the event fifth in the nation, failed to qualify. However, Longhorn John Klauk was the top individual and will compete for the national championship. Klauk shot 4-under-par 212. Kansas Andy Stewart also qualified with a 2-under-par 214.
Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
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
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.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
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.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
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.