Sony Open field too large; 10 more cut Saturday

By January 15, 2012, 6:12 pm

For the 42nd time since implementing a new cut rule in 2008, the PGA Tour had a third-round cut on Saturday at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

With 80 players making the halfway cut on 1 under, per Tour regulations, the field was cut at Waialae to the number nearest 70. Exactly 70 players tee it up on Sunday with a chance to win the first full-field event of the year. Then 10 players who were cut after the third round will receive prize money for finishing T-71.

Four years ago, the Tour implemented a new cut policy designed to reduce logistical problems created by larger weekend fields. Initially, if 78 or more professionals made the 36-hole cut, then an event would make its the halfway cut down to the number nearest 70. After happening immediately upon implementation at the '08 Sony to widespread player scrutiny, the Tour amended the rule to chop the field a second time to allow players a chance to earn a spot in the final round.

The Sony Open is now the only event which has applied the so-called Rule 78 on four occasions. Nine other events have done so in multiple years, including three which have done it three times.

The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am required it in 2008 and '09, with a starting field of 180 players, and in 2010, after the field was reduced to 156. The Shell Houston Open did so in each of the last two seasons and would have in 2009, but rain delays forced the weekend field to complete the final 36 holes without repairing and another cut. The RBC Canadian Open had a third round cut from 2008-10.

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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 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.