Stuard grabs Sony lead after consecutive 65s

By Will GrayJanuary 11, 2014, 3:20 am

Conditions remained idyllic Friday in Honolulu, where the Sony Open in Hawaii reached the halfway mark. Here's how things shape up after two rounds at Waialae Country Club, where Brian Stuard holds a slim lead after a second consecutive 65:

Leaderboard: Brian Stuard (-10), Marc Leishman (-9), Hideto Tanihara (-9), Harris English (-8), Adam Scott (-7), Jimmy Walker (-7), Jason Kokrak (-7)

What it means: Stuard trailed Sang-Moon Bae by two shots after Thursday's play, but quickly rose to the top of the leaderboard with a round that included as many eagles as bogeys (one of each). As a result, Stuard leads by one heading into the weekend as he looks for his first career PGA Tour victory, though the group trailing him includes Leishman, English and Scott, all of whom have lifted trophies within the last two years.

Round of the day: Three players carded rounds of 6-under 64 Friday, but Hudson Swafford was the only to do so without dropping a shot. The former Georgia standout began on the back nine and birdied two of his first three holes, ultimately making the turn in 4-under 31. Swafford added two more birdies on his inward half to more than bounce back from an even-par 70 in the opening round, and at 6 under he now sits just four shots behind Stuard heading into Saturday.

Best of the rest: Leishman started slowly Friday and stood on the seventh tee at 3 under, even par for the day before things heated up in a hurry. The Aussie birdied the seventh and then added an eagle on the par-5 ninth, followed by birdies at Nos. 10 and 11. A winner at TPC River Highlands in 2012, Leishman's 64 leaves him just a shot off the pace as he looks to continue the Aussie momentum created by countrymen Scott and Jason Day in 2013.

Biggest disappointment: Jordan Spieth appeared to have his game in order after a runner-up finish last week at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, but the 20-year-old failed to get anything going this week at Waialae. Spieth carded only two birdies Friday en route to a 1-over 71, and after an even-par 70 Thursday he became a victim of the 36-hole cut. It marks the first time that Spieth will sit out the weekend since last year's PGA Championship.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: Tee times will be moved up Saturday as inclement weather approaches, which means Stuard will have a little less time to think about his rare position atop the leaderboard. While the group chasing him certainly has a pedigree, including the reigning Masters champion, Stuard clearly feels comfortable along the fairways of Waialae and will look to shoot 65 for the fifth consecutive time Saturday, dating back to the third round of last year's event.

Shot of the day: James Hahn was in need of a spark heading to the ninth hole Friday, and that's just what he received at the par-5. Hahn's drive left him 193 yards from the hole, and his iron approach landed just in front of the green before rolling into the hole for a rare albatross. The deuce helped Hahn to a 2-under 68, and at 5-under he sits just five shots behind Stuard after 36 holes.

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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.