Turning 40 suits Westwood; in The Players mix

By Ryan LavnerMay 10, 2013, 5:59 pm

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Turning 40 has suited Lee Westwood just fine, thank you very much.

Oh, don’t mind that newly grown goatee. He’s not in the midst of some midlife crisis. He simply scratched his nose, lip and chin while diving into the swimming pool at his home. Welcome to South Florida living.

His golf game? That’s as consistent as ever. The Englishman had three consecutive top 10s entering The Players, including a T-4 last week in Charlotte.

That good form apparently has carried over this week to TPC Sawgrass, where he has posted three top 10s in 10 starts, but only one (2010) since 1999. At 9-under 135, Westwood is two shots off Sergio Garcia’s clubhouse lead, in a tie for third as the afternoon wave gets underway.

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“I love this golf course; always have,” he said. “It’s a golf course I always feel like I can see a way around.”

This track figures to change dramatically over the next 48 hours, however. For the better part of two rounds, players have been greeted by virtually no wind and receptive greens. But early Friday afternoon, the wind was beginning to blow, the greens firming up and getting crusty. And no rain is in the forecast until Sunday.

Said Westwood, “It will be sort of like a major championship-style mentality to go out there and play disciplined golf and not attack flags when they shouldn’t be attacked. I enjoy that kind of golf. It’s very rewarding if you play well.”

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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.