Appleby loses exempt status gains Tiger
Appleby, who is No. 134 on the PGA Tour money list and lives in Windermere, did not commit to play at Disney when the deadline passed on Friday.
Instead, he’s chosen to give the thrill of a lifetime to a giant group of juniors in his Australian homeland.
As part of Appleby’s participation in the Australian Masters next week, he is leading a special clinic on Wednesday for the Stuart Appleby Junior Golf Foundation. It’s special because Tiger Woods has agreed to speak to the estimated 1,000 children who will take part, according to Bobby Kreusler, Appleby’s manager at Blue Giraffe Sports. Woods is scheduled to address the youth after his pro-am round at Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne.
Though Appleby wasn’t about to cancel his part in the big day for his juniors, skipping Disney causes him some hardship.
In his 13 seasons on the PGA Tour, Appleby has failed just once to retain his PGA Tour card, his rookie season. He’s an eight-time PGA Tour winner.
Though he’s 15th on the PGA Tour in career money and is eligible to take exemptions next year for top-25 or top-50 career money winners, Kreusler said Appleby is leaning against using those exemptions. Instead, he is considering playing next year off the standing he’ll get as a top 150 money winner. He would also seek sponsor exemptions.
“But no final decisions been made,” Kreusler said.
Appleby, however, has ruled out going back to Q-School.
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.