Couples offered exemption into Northern Trust Open

By February 3, 2012, 12:46 am

Fred Couples will have a chance to make his 30th career Northern Trust Open start, as he was offered an exemption into the Riviera event on Thursday.

Couples will tie Gene Littler with a 2012 appearance. He is a two-time winner and three-time runner up in the tournament. He finished T-7 there last year.

An illness, however, forced Couples to withdraw from the Phoenix Open this week. Golf Channel's Brian Hammons reports Couples' notoriously problematic back flared up in the Champions Tour opener in Hawaii.

Couples was among several exemptions announced, in addition to those already given to Jason Gore and Big Break alum Andy Walker.

Collegiate stars Patrick Cantlay and Jordan Spieth will make their Riviera debuts with exemptions for each. The PGA Tour start will be a good preview of this year's NCAA Championship, which will be held at Hogan's Alley.

Cantlay, the No. 1 ranked amateur in the world, shot a record 10-under-par 60 in the second round of the Travelers Championship last summer as part of a string of top-25 finishes on the PGA Tour.

Spieth, a freshman at the University of Texas, finished T-16 and T-32 in the HP Byron Nelson Championship the past two years.

The tournament also announced exemptions for Ryo Ishikawa, South Korean K.T. Kim, who is No. 30 in the Official World Golf Ranking, and Yuta Ikeda of Japan.

Nationwide Tour grads Billy Hurley III and Erik Compton also were awarded berths.

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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.