Rorys birthday bash

By Win McMurryMay 5, 2010, 8:45 pm

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Rory McIlroy did not celebrate his victory in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday night, something he says he regrets. As you may reckon, Charlotte is now one of his favorite cities. Instead Rory saved the celebration for Florida, where he could combine the victory party with a celebration of his 21st birthday Tuesday night.

So Rory's caddie rounded up a group of some of Rory's best friends on Tour and rented out the back room of a restaurant in Ponte Vedra. If you're envisioning an upscale steakhouse like a Ruth's Chris or a Del Friscos you're about 180 degrees off. There were no white table cloths to be found at this party. Lulu's, as it's quite aptly named, is a backwater shack on the river only a couple miles from TPC Sawgrass. Think backyard furniture, a bar surrounded by neon lights, a screened-in porch party on a wooden deck. Very laid back. Very Rory.

But that doesn't mean it couldn't cater to an elite crowd. The waitstaff, clad in t-shirts and jeans, passed around bottles of beer and home-cooked seafood to the likes of Padraig Harrington, Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood. Many other European players were there as well, including Graeme McDowell, Ross Fisher and Oliver Wilson. A few Americans were in the mix . . . most notably fellow young gun and up-and-coming superstar, Rickie Fowler.

Numerous caddies, agents and managers were also on hand, sitting around the seven or so tables scattered about the porch for the festivities which included a chocolate and ice cream birthday cake decorated in the theme of a golf course with golfer figurines. Rory led the group in the traditional 'Happy Birthday' song before blowing out his candles while the crowd toasted the 21-year-old champion with plastic dixie cups filled with champagne. Rory gave a short speech thanking everyone for coming to celebrate with him and thanked his caddie and friends for their support in his Charlotte victory. There were a few presents opened including a child-size plastic golf bag and plastic clubs . . . But the best present he said was a trophy at home on his mantle that reads 'Quail Hollow Championship.' The second best present he said he received was a shag (as in shag dancing) lesson taught on the back porch of Lulu's to what else, but some Carolina beach music.

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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.