Orne Takes Halfway Lead at Tour Championship

By Golf Channel NewsroomFebruary 23, 2001, 5:00 pm
Keith Horne, who holds an honors degree in Industrial Relations, went to the top of the class halfway through the inaugural Tour Championship at Leopard Creek on Friday, when a four-under-par 67, to add to an opening 66, gave him a one-shot lead.
 
Horne's nine-under-par total of 133 was one better than Richard Kaplan, who birdied the closing hole for a 69. Trevor Immelman, who fought back from a double bogey on the third to make 68, and Darren Fichardt, who had a 69, were one shot further back.
 
First round leader Grant Muller should have been on the same score, but somehow both he and his marker contrived to put down a par four on the sixth hole, when he had in fact made a three, so he ended up with a 72 instead of a 71.
 
Horne, a 29-year-old from Pietermaritzburg, said his lofty position on the leaderboard was 'unexpected. I haven't exactly had the greatest summer tour. I've pretty much played well the whole year, but just never got anything going,' he said.
 
Unlike Muller on Thursday, Horne was able to get away with missing a few fairways. 'I got pretty lucky with the lies,' he said, adding: 'My irons, particularly my short irons, have been very strong and I've been taking advantage of the birdie holes.'
 
Horne also managed to birdie two of the most difficult holes on the course, the par-four 15th, which is usually played as a par-five here and measures 476m this week, and the tough par-three seventh, which yielded only five birdies on Friday and saw 36 players in the 75-man field make bogey or worse, including two triple bogeys.
 
At one stage, Horne was in a seven-way tie for the lead at six under, but broke out of that with birdies at 13, 14 and 15. 'When I got to nine, I saw that I was seven under and there was a whole group on six under. I got very defensive from the ninth to the 12th - where he bogeyed to join that big group -but a 12-footer for birdie at the (par-five) 13th started things going again.'
 
Immelman put himself in front in the battle with Roger Wessels, who was one behind him after a 67 and Bradford Vaughan, who fell back to three under after a 74, to finish second on the Sunshine Tour order of merit.
 
However, he said he was trying not to think too much about it. 'I'm here to win the golf tournament. If I win, they can't beat me. I'm trying to keep my mind off it,' he said.
 
Referring to the big invites, including one to this year's British Open, that second place would bring, he said: 'I'd love to get into those, but what I've got on my side is that I'm so young, so I'm eventually going to play in those tournaments. I can only do my best this week and if that's not good enough, so be it,' said Immelman, who has sewn up the Rookie of the Year title.
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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.