PGA Tour schedule changes only benefit U.S.

By March 23, 2012, 2:56 am

The Australian Triple Crown experienced a minor renaissance amid the arrival of the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne last fall. With changes to the PGA Tour calendar set to begin in October 2013, however, the very opposite may happen to the marquee Oz events.

'There is no doubt these changes are only designed to benefit the U.S. tour and not designed with regard to implications on other tours. That's abundantly clear,' said PGA of Australia chief executive Brian Thorburn, according to the Australian Associated Press.

'It's a significant decision that they have taken that will have implications on not just our tour but many others around the world.”

Thorburn reiterated he, like everyone else in the sport, needs more details to accurately assess the full impact on Aussie golf. Thorburn hopes that clarification comes at the Masters, the site where a compromise on the dual staging of the Presidents Cup and South Africa Open was reached last year. A dialogue could be opened to craft a similar solution. 

“There are opportunities to co-sanction events and some of that has been discussed in the past with varying degree of enthusiasm by certain parties,” Thorburn said.

The Triple Crown is typically played in late November and early December, where room for official events is open on what will essentially be a 12-month PGA Tour calendar.

Ignoring the possibility for co-sanctioning, the possibility of fall events offering less than a full complement of FedEx Cup points may be a blessing for Australia. A trip Down Under for natives – and others – might not leave them in the same position in the points standings.

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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.