Fowler not feeling snubbed by Love's omission

By Jay CoffinSeptember 4, 2012, 10:05 pm

CARMEL, Ind. – When is a snub not a snub? When the person who was presumably snubbed doesn’t believe he was snubbed.

Rickie Fowler’s name was bandied about as a Ryder Cup captain’s pick after the PGA Championship, many believing that U.S. captain Davis Love III would pick Fowler because of his reputation for being great in the team room.

But truth is, despite a victory earlier this year at the Wells Fargo Championship, Fowler has not played well the past three months while others like Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker have stepped up and played better.

“With the way I played the last two weeks I definitely felt like I was kind of on the outside looking in,” Fowler said. “If I was going to be picked, it would be obviously not off of recent play, off of my play earlier this year and being the addition that I would be to the team on and off the course and someone that fits in well.

“He obviously went with some guys that have been there, guys that are playing well right now, which I completely understand.”

Fowler, 23, is remembered for his four-hole closing stretch in 2010 where he was down but managed a crucial half point during singles matches in Wales. Even though the U.S. ultimately lost those matches, many left impressed with Fowler’s ability to handle extreme pressure at such a young age.

It looked like Fowler was a lock to make this team earlier this year. After winning the Wells Fargo in a playoff, he tied for second place the next week at The Players then tied for fifth at the Colonial. But his best finish since (in a span of seven tournaments) is a tie for 24th place at The Barclays two weeks ago. No other finish was inside the top 30.

That stretch ultimately sealed Fowler’s Ryder Cup fate.

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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 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.