Architect Hanse brainstorming Doral redesign

By Rex HoggardMarch 10, 2012, 11:04 pm

DORAL, Fla. ' As the affable Gil Hanse unrolls the plans for a redesigned Blue Monster he cautions, That (7,600-yard) number is not going to happen. Im not sure 7,500 (yards) is going to happen.

Hanse, who will begin reworking the aged south Florida layout back into shape following next years championship, met with officials and players this week to talk about the makeover and solicit ideas.

Although the initial plans have room for a course that could be stretched beyond 7,600 yards, Hanse stressed there are no plans to do that. In fact, after a conversation with Hanse early Saturday at Doral, GTC was encouraged by his less-is-more approach.

There will be additional yardage, most notably on the par-5 first hole, which ranked 904th in difficulty out of 918 holes last year on Tour.

Hanse plans to move the green 100 yards back on the other side of an existing creek and shift the tee box on the second hole to the left for a better angle into that green.

Other potential highlights include a peninsula green for the par-3 15th hole and shifting the 10th hole to the left to make room for a larger driving range that will also bring a large pond left of the fairway into play more off the tee.

Hanse, who was hired by Dorals new owner Donald Trump, also plans to expand almost all of the Blue Monsters greens to their original dimensions and create a greater variety of pin positions and larger driving areas.

Its originally a Dick Wilson golf course, and I think he's one of the most under appreciated architects, certainly of his time and maybe in all of golf architecture, Hanse said. We wanted to look at the plans, really sort of understand, digest what he had tried to accomplish here and how that has changed, how things have deviated from the plan; what was relevant to today's game, today's players, and then take that and sort of incorporate it into our own design thoughts.

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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.