Merrick getting used to FedEx bubble-boy role

By Ryan LavnerSeptember 2, 2012, 7:23 pm

NORTON, Mass. – To his credit, John Merritt figures there’s no sense getting lost in all the FedEx Cup points and the possibilities and the projections because, well, in an instant it can change.

“You can’t really study it,” he said Sunday, “because I’d start losing my hair if I looked at it too much.”

The top 70 in the FedEx Cup points after Monday’s final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship advance to next week’s BMW Championship, the third leg of the playoffs. In a four-hole stretch Sunday at TPC Boston, Merritt moved from inside the top 70, to the bubble, to inside, to outside again. Strange, because Merrick played that stretch in even par.

“At one point,” he said, “I looked up at that leaderboard and it said one (less) stroke and I’m in.”

When he finished his round, Merritt was projected to finish 73rd in points, which would signal an early exit to his FedEx Cup season. (He hasn’t played the BMW since 2008.) But such volatility makes the playoffs intriguing for fans and players, especially those who choose to chart their progress at their own peril. One stroke can mean the difference between playing for bonus bucks and a few weeks off, and that made Merrick’s closing bogey on the par-5 18th all the more vexing.  

“I know that if I don’t top 10, at least, I’m going home,” said Merrick, in a tie for 23rd when he finished his round. “It takes a little bit of pressure off. You just try and play the best you can.”

At the end of the regular season, Merrick was ranked 81st in FedEx Cup points. A missed cut last week at The Barclays, however, dropped him to 98th, though he said he never was concerned that he wouldn’t finish in the top 100.

Now, he’s one round away from potentially being knocked out, again.

“I’m kind of behind the 8-ball here,” he said.

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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.