Senior Players Championship moving to Pittsburgh

By December 21, 2011, 3:20 pm

In 2012, one of the Champions Tour's five majors will have a new home for the third time in the last three years. 

The Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship is moving to Fox Chapel GC in Pittsburgh for next season. The date is also changing, moving from its fall position where it’s held residence for the last half-decade to June 28-July 1. 

The Seth Raynor-designed club opened in 1923 and last held a noteworthy event when the Curtis Cup matches were played there in 2002. It will be first host of a senior major in the region since Laurel Valley held the '05 Senior PGA Championship.

Fred Couples won the 2011 Senior Players at Westchester CC in a sudden-death playoff over Presidents Cup vice-captain John Cook. In 2010, the event was hosted at the renovated TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. Prior to that, Baltimore CC hosted the event from 2007-09.

The event gives a second event to western Pennsylvania, including the Nationwide Tour's Mylan Classic played Aug. 30-Sept. 2.

“We’re very excited to bring the Champions Tour to Pittsburgh where the Nationwide Tour has proven success in operating the Mylan Classic, with Arnold Palmer as the honorary chairman,' said Champions Tour president Mike Stevens in a release. 'We are confident Fox Chapel will provide a great test for our professionals and an exciting event for the fans.”

For its 30th edition, the 78-man field will continue to play a 72-hole event at its eighth host course.

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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.