Stenson remains ahead of challengers in RTD

By Ryan LavnerNovember 14, 2013, 2:00 pm

A sloppy three-putt bogey at the last Thursday soured what was an otherwise encouraging day for Henrik Stenson as he tries to become the first player to capture both the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai in the same season.

The good news: He shot a 4-under 68 to sit just two shots off the lead at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Even better news: He’s still ahead of the other challengers in the Race to Dubai.

“It’s frustrating to drop one there,” he said afterward, “but it was a good first round. I’m playing good, so there’s nothing to be worried about the game.”

Stenson is one of three players who control their own destiny and can capture the season-long race with a victory at Jumeirah Golf Estates. The other two players, Justin Rose (2-under 70) and Graeme McDowell (72), got off to uneven starts Thursday.

The top nine players in the standings all have a mathematical chance to win the Race to Dubai, but the latter six need help.

Jamie Donaldson is No. 5 in the standings and opened with the best score of any of the other contenders, sitting joint fourth with Stenson at 68. 

Thongchai Jaidee, who entered the week at No. 7, and No. 4 Ian Poulter both shot 69.

To have any chance of overtaking Stenson, Poulter needs third or better, Donaldson needs second or better, and Jaidee must win.

“I’m walking away frustrated from today’s round but happy to be only three behind,” Poulter said. “I’m playing as good as I’ve ever played, I think. I’m feeling as confident as I ever have. I’m probably swinging it the best I ever have. So it’s a good mix.”

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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.