A look at teams if '16 Olympics were held now

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 4, 2014, 1:56 pm

The Winter Games get underway this week in Sochi, Russia, which serves as yet another reminder that golf’s return to the Olympics is not too far away.

The 2016 competition will feature 60 men and 60 women in separate 72-hole stroke-play tournaments that will award gold, silver and bronze medals.

The top 15 players in the Official World Golf Ranking and Rolex World Ranking automatically qualify, but each country is allowed no more than four players if they are among the top 15. After the top 15, countries can be represented by no more than two of their highest-ranked players if not already qualified. 

Much if subject to change, of course – Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will be 40 and 46, respectively – but if the competition began tomorrow, here are some of the players in the mix to compete in the event in Rio de Janeiro: 

MEN

United States: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar

Great Britain: Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy (may compete for Ireland, or not at all), Ian Poulter, Luke Donald

Ireland: Rory McIlroy (may compete for Great Britain, or not at all), Graeme McDowell, Shane Lowry, Padraig Harrington

South Africa: Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen, Ernie Els, Branden Grace

Australia: Adam Scott, Jason Day, Marc Leishman, Brett Rumford

Sweden: Henrik Stenson, Jonas Blixt, Peter Hanson, Carl Pettersson

Spain: Sergio Garcia, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Pablo Larrazabal


WOMEN

United States: Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr

South Korea: Inbee Park, So Yeon Ryu, Na Yeon Choi, I.K. Kim

Japan: Mika Miyazato, Ai Miyazato, Sakura Yokomine, Rikako Morita

Sweden: Caroline Hedwall, Anna Nordqvist, Pernilla Lindberg

Spain: Beatriz Recari, Azahara Munoz, Carlota Ciganda

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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.