Clinton plays in pro-am at Nationwide opener

By February 16, 2012, 7:38 pm

On Wednesday, former President Bill Clinton played in a professional pro-am for the second time in a month. This time, however, Clinton was able to finish his round.

He competed in the pro-am for the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship, the season-opener for the Nationwide Tour. He played in the afternoon wave with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Jose Francisco Arata, the president and executive director of Pacific Rubiales Energy, tournament director German Calle Jr. and Nationwide Tour player and Player Advisory Council member D.J. Brigman.

'President Clinton was great. He interacted with us more than we interacted with him – telling jokes and stories, asking about my life and family. He was a great guy. It was such a memorable experience,” said Brigman, according to PGATour.com.

Clinton arrived in Colombia on Tuesday from Nigeria, an 11-hour flight, after attending another Clinton Foundation function over the weekend.

The 42nd President was in Colombia for the golf but primarily in support of his foundation's Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative (CGSGI) – a beneficiary of the tournament. Clinton and philanthropist Frank Giustra began the initiative in 2007, developing projects in Colombia, Peru, Mexico and Haiti. In Colombia, the initiative aims to further economic development and improve health outcomes in remote areas.

Clinton had been a part of the Saturday pro-am during last month's Humana Challenge. High winds, however, canceled play for the day after Clinton and partner Greg Norman had only played nine holes.

The Wednesday outing marked the first time an American president competed in a Nationwide Tour event. In 1995, Clinton became the first sitting U.S. President to compete in a pro-am on the PGA Tour, when he played alongside former presidents George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford in the Bob Hope Classic.

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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.