Sjoholm plays in sneakers after arriving late

By Ryan LavnerDecember 5, 2013, 1:31 pm

It was a bizarre start Thursday to the European Tour’s Hong Kong Open, where one player was disqualified for arriving late to his tee time and another narrowly avoided the same fate but was forced to play the first two holes in sneakers.

Let’s start with Joonas Granberg. According to an unbylined story on SkySports.com, he had an 11:50 a.m. local time tee time at Hong Kong Golf Club but, in an interesting twist, off the 11th tee. He initially went to the first hole before realizing his mistake. Then he sprinted to the 11th tee, only to notice that his caddie was back on the 10th hole. DQ.

Joel Sjoholm, meanwhile, said he set six alarms but still slept through them. He woke up at 7:58 a.m. local time – just 32 minutes from his tee time. He quickly grabbed a taxi to the course, some 25 minutes away, and didn’t have time to grab his spikes since they were in his locker.

Of course, the 28-year-old also was in such a rush that on his opening tee shot he forgot to tie his sneakers, which were already half a size too big, but Sjoholm scrambled his way to a par on the opening hole. On the green, a European Tour official presented Sjoholm with two pairs of golf spikes. “It was the royal treatment,” he told European Tour Radio afterward.

Remarkably, he went on to shoot a 2-under 68 and sits just four shots back after the opening round. 

“I should not even be here,” he said afterward. “I am really happy at the moment. Maybe I should do it more often because it’s a long time since I started that good.”

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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.