Bubble watch for players trying to keep Tour card

By Rex HoggardNovember 1, 2012, 9:20 pm

It’s bubble time on the PGA Tour and that means players in and around the top 125 in earnings are busy estimating what it will take to remain inside golf’s sliding scale of success.

During The McGladrey Classic many players figured it would take around $700,000 to stay inside the top 125 which would be a slight bump over the $668,000 it took to keep a card last year.

Scott Hamilton, however, decided to find a formula that forged through all the estimations.

“I kept hearing $700,000, seven-something, but I looked at it before the Frys.com Open and how it changed every week,” said Hamilton, a Cartersville, Ga.-based teaching pro who works with Boo Weekley, Jason Bohn and Tim Herron.

Before the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open the magic number was $587,837 and increased by $11,157 following the $4.5 million stop. The increase was $13,367 after the $5 million Frys.com Open and $7,600 after the $4 million McGladrey Classic.

“It seems the number has been moving between $10,000 to $15,000, depending on the purse,” Hamilton said. “What I was trying to do was calm the nerves of Boo (Weekley). He kept saying he didn’t have enough money (currently No. 121 with $683,259), but I really thought he did and sat down and looked at it.”

If Hamilton’s formula holds for next week’s $4.7 million finale at Walt Disney World the magic number to keep a Tour card will be $632,461.

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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.