Els Ford took different routes to Hall

By Randall MellMay 10, 2011, 1:12 am

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Ernie Els and Doug Ford are flip sides of a World Golf Hall of Fame coin.

Els, 41, is grateful and humbled to be inducted Monday night as a first ballot member, but he feels strange receiving an honor mostly bestowed on players whose careers have ended.

Ford, 88, wondered if he would ever be inducted after being passed over so many years.

“I wouldn’t say awkward, but it’s a funny situation,” Els said in a news conference before Monday’s induction ceremony.

Els has won more than 60 times around the world, 18 times on the PGA Tour, three times in majors, but he wants more. His induction comes as he struggles with his game.

“My very current form has been diabolical so far this year,” Els said. “I’d like to get that right as soon as possible.”

Els has missed the cut in his last two starts, the Heritage on the PGA Tour and the Ballantine’s Championship on the European Tour. In 10 starts on the PGA Tour and European Tour this year, he’s yet to post a top 10.

“I feel so much drive in me, so much I’d still like to accomplish in the game,” Els said. “I know time is running out, but many players in history have won quite a few majors in their 40s. I’d like to do that.”

Though Ford’s record seemed worthy of World Golf Hall of Fame membership with 19 PGA Tour titles and two majors, he was passed over in annual voting until making it through the veteran’s category this year.

“It’s like waiting for an old girlfriend,” Ford said. “You keep thinking, `What did I do wrong?’ I thought I had a fairly good record. You just hope that you get here. You just got to get here.”

Ford fought many political battles as a player representative in his time. He was among the pivotal figures who led tour pros to split with the PGA of America and form the PGA Tour in the late ‘60s. Bob Goalby believes Ford’s battles and tough disposition hurt his popularity and may have been a factor in his being passed over for induction so many years.

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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.