Should Woods, Scott pair at Aussie Open?

By Rex HoggardNovember 7, 2011, 1:00 am

There have been several reports saying that Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Jason Day will be grouped together for the first two rounds of the Australian Open this week, although tournament officials say it will not happen. In light of Steve Williams' comments aimed at Woods, GolfChannel.com senior writer Rex Hoggard and editorial director Jay Coffin debate whether Woods and Scott should be placed together.

By REX HOGGARD

Officials at this week’s Australian Open should resist the urge to pair Tiger Woods with Adam Scott, and his controversial caddie Steve Williams, this week at The Lakes. Featured pairings are one thing, sensationalistic maneuvers that create unnecessary tension is best left to those who organize Ultimate Fighting Championships.

Williams’ comments last week in Shanghai regarding his old boss have sparked a predictable firestorm. Given the jilted duo’s close proximity the next two weeks it’s the kind of story that has a limitless shelf life. But there’s no reason to add to that frenzy with a contrived pairing.

Featured pairings have been successful this year injecting new life into old events, but a Woods-Scott two-ball seems a bit much. The circus that normally follows Woods would be needlessly magnified by such a move and bring into question the competitive integrity of the event, and not just for Woods and Scott but also for the half dozen other players who would tee off just before and after the marquee pairing.

The Woods-Scott duel may be inevitable, with both players on an apparent collision course heading into next week’s Presidents Cup, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do.


By JAY COFFIN

Pair them together, they’re all big boys playing for a lot of money, they can handle it.

I don’t think it should happen to create more controversy, I think they should play together to get it out of the way before heading to Melbourne for the Presidents Cup. All anyone will talk about this week at the Australian Open is Steve Williams. It’s inevitable.

For perhaps the first time ever, I feel sorry for Tiger Woods because he has to deal with the comments made by his knucklehead former caddie. There already will be a ton of attention on Woods at the Presidents Cup because of his oft-debated captain’s pick. People wonder how he’ll play, wonder if he’ll pair with Steve Stricker in each match, and if Stricker doesn’t go, people wonder who will fill the void.

Now this.

Everyone involved may hate it, Woods and Scott may be uncomfortable, but they must be paired. I can’t imagine them avoiding this situation for another week, then getting to Royal Melbourne the following week and getting paired for the first time. Odds are it would happen.

But if it happens this week, it’ll be old news. Still a big deal, but old news.


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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.