Defending champ Byrd leads T of C field

By January 7, 2012, 3:13 am

A year after defeating Robert Garrigus in a sudden-death playoff to win the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Jonathan Byrd shot a 6-under 67 at the Plantation Course to take a 1-shot lead over four players at Kapalua, Hawaii.

Byrd reeled off six straight birdies before ending the front side with a bogey at the par-5 ninth. A bogey at the 11th was his only other dropped shot of the day, offset by two birdies into the house.

Among the group tied for second are Steve Stricker, Webb Simpson, Martin Laird and Michael Bradley.

Only two players were bogey-free on Friday, and both had the surname Bradley. Puerto Rico winner Michael made five birdies to earn a share of second place, while PGA champion Keegan had two birdies and an eagle to have solo sixth on 4 under.

Both players also shot their first rounds in the 60s at Kapalua – Keegan in his first and Bradley, 46, in his ninth try.

'I'm kind of getting towards the end of my rope out here probably, so I'm elated to be here and playing with all this young talent out here,' said Michael Bradley. 'It's fun to watch.'

Stricker managed to finish tied for second despite making his first double bogey on the PGA Tour since 2008.

Four players – Johnson Wagner, Ben Crane, Bradley and Simpson – made eagles in the first round. All of them are in the top 10 of the 27-man field.

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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.