Cauley all but locks up PGA Tour card for 2012

By October 10, 2011, 3:11 am

SAN MARTIN, Calif. – Bud Cauley may have come up just shy of his first PGA Tour win, but a third-place finish at the Frys.com Open all but assures his card for 2012.

Cauley closed with 5-under 66 to finish in solo third and earn $340,000 at CordeValle. Combined with the $331,150 made in his first six starts as a professional, he will have enough to surge into the equivalent of 114th on the money list.

Barring an accounting anomaly, Cauley will finish the year inside the top 125 on the money list. He is looking good to become the first player since Ryan Moore in 2005 to earn his Tour card as a rookie without having to go to Q-school.

The last guy to do that before Moore? Tiger Woods.

'Those are two pretty good names,' said Cauley, who has gained entry into next week's McGladrey Classic.

Now aware of his position, Cauley said he had not focused on the paychecks in his first seven pro starts.

'I never gave it much thought,' he said. 'I was just going to give myself as many opportunities as possible to play.'

His rapid ascendance came as a surprise to at least one of his soon-to-be peers. At the fourth hole on Saturday, playing partner Ernie Els asked Cauley when he was planning to join the paid ranks. Cauley explained that he had turned pro earlier this year, after completing his junior year at Alabama.

'By the back nine, he knew I was a professional,' Cauley said with a smile.

Competing on the PGA Tour, however, is not drastically different for Cauley than competing among the collegiate and amateur standouts he had been facing until June.

'It's not too different if you don't make it different,' he said.

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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.