Show me the money: Real purse for Founders Cup

By Randall MellDecember 6, 2011, 5:39 pm

Give LPGA commissioner Mike Whan his due.

The RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup will return next year with a $1.5 million purse that will actually go into the pockets of tour players. And yet when the tournament is played March 15-18 at Marriott’s Wildfire Golf Club in Phoenix, it will continue to serve a significant charity function with $500,000 going to the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Program.

While the Founders Cup won’t be a new event on the 2012 schedule, it feels like Whan has added a new tournament because it’s an added purse pros didn’t pocket last year. In 2011, players played for larger causes, donating all their winnings to Girls Golf and their own designated charities.

When Whan first proposed the Founders Cup as a way to honor the tour’s pioneering founders, he did so at significant risk. He was basically asking his membership to step up and play for free for the betterment of others at a time when LPGA pros were hurting with fewer opportunities in a shrinking tour schedule. There was backlash among some top players. It seemed like it might be the right idea at the wrong time, but Whan’s faith paid off with an inaugural event so successful RR Donnelley is stepping up next year to help fund a real purse, plus the Girls Golf Program.

“RR Donnelley, the LPGA and its players truly confirmed ‘Why It’s Different Out Here' in 2011, making golf history by not only remembering the women that made the LPGA a reality, but also by 'paying-it-forward' and playing entirely for charity and the expansion of the Girls Golf Program,” Whan said in a statement. “Next season, with RR Donnelley’s vision, we will prove that the Founders Cup sequel is even better than the original.”

The purpose of the Founders Cup has been expanded to honor not just the 13 founders of the tour, but also pioneers who came after them. Next year, Peggy Kirk Bell, Betsy Rawls, Barb Romack and Mickey Wright will be pioneers honored along with the founders. The tournament has also been expanded to 72 holes with players no longer playing for designated personal charities.

Proceeds from this year's event helped fund 40 new Girls Golf sites around the country, according to the LPGA.

“The future of the game will continue to be the real winner at this event, as the proceeds continue to expand opportunities for young women to get started in this great game,” Whan 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 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.