Still injured, Jutanugarn WDs from LPGA Q-School

By Randall MellNovember 18, 2013, 10:27 pm

Ariya Jutanugarn’s injured right shoulder is healing more slowly than she hoped.

Jutanugarn, 17, was signed up to play in the final stage of LPGA Q-School next month, but she withdrew on Monday, her manager told GolfChannel.com.

Jutanugarn, whose game is in a class with teen stars Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson, tore the labrum in her right shoulder in a fall coming down a steep slope off a tee box in a practice round at the Wegmans LPGA Championship in June. She had surgery to repair the tear in July. She was ranked No. 15 in the Rolex women’s world rankings when she was injured.

“She can only do half swings,” Varuth Philwonnabha, her manger, said.

Jutanugarn, younger sister to Moriya, who is in the hunt for the 2013 LPGA Rookie of the Year, was making a huge impression in the LPGA and Ladies European Tour ranks before her injury.

Ariya took the professional ranks by storm as a rookie earlier this year, nearly winning the Honda LPGA Thailand while playing on a sponsor exemption in February. She lost a three-shot lead at the final hole to Inbee Park in heart-breaking fashion in the only LPGA event that is staged in her native Thailand. It was a notable run given Jutanugarn wanted to play LPGA Q-School last year but was denied a waiver of the tour’s rule requiring that members be at least 18 years old. A month after that difficult loss, Jutanugarn won the Ladies European Tour’s Meryem Cup.

In five LPGA starts via sponsor exemptions and Monday qualifying before her injury this season, Jutanugarn didn’t finish worse than a tie for fourth. She won $447,772 in those five starts.

Jutanugarn was exempt into the final stage of LPGA Q-School based on her world ranking.

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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.