Lowry to skip Q-School, chase OWGR points

By Ryan LavnerOctober 15, 2012, 6:30 pm

Portugal Masters winner Shane Lowry won’t try to navigate PGA Tour Q-School, after all, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we won’t see the Irishman in the States next year.

At No. 74 in the world ranking, he will instead try to crack the top 50 and thereby increase the likelihood that he earns exemptions into the year’s first three majors and each of the World Golf Championship events, which offer significant world-ranking points.

The 25-year-old Lowry, who won on the European Tour for the first time as a pro Sunday, was scheduled to fly to the U.S. for the first stage of Q-School this week. Instead, he has entered next week’s BMW Masters in Shanghai and also earned a spot in the WGC-HSBC Champions the following week.

After Sunday’s victory in Portugal, he told reporters, “I have to see first of all where my world ranking is after today and what tournaments this will get me in for the rest of the year. Probably still will (attempt PGA Tour Q-School). We’ll see from there.”

The top 50 in the world on Dec. 31 earn invitations to The Masters.

For a point of reference, here were the major/WGC cutoff dates for the 2012 season, according to the PGA Tour player handbook:

WGC-Match Play: Top 64 on Feb. 13

WGC-Cadillac Championship: Top 50 on Feb. 27

• U.S. Open: Top 60 on May 21

• British Open: Top 50 on May 20

WGC-Bridgestone Invitational: Top 50 on July 23 

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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.