USGA expands opportunities for amateurs

By February 4, 2012, 9:59 pm

The U.S. Golf Association announced Saturday that it will be expanding exemptions offered to amateurs into the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open. The changes were announced at the USGAs annual meeting in Houston.

The winners of the British Amateur and Ladies British Open Amateur championships will be exempt into the British Open and Ladies British Open, respectively. In addition, the recipients of the Mark H. McCormack Medal - awarded to the the No. 1 male and female in the season-end World Amateur Golf Ranking - will be fully exempt.

To use the exemptions, the players must remain amateurs.

On the men's side, Patrick Cantley was the recipient of the McCormack Medal, while Aussie Bryden Macpherson won the British Amateur last year to secure a spot.

For the ladies, 14-year-old Lydia Ko won the McCormack Medal. She also recently became the youngest player to ever win a professional tournament when she took the New South Wales Open last weekend.

16-year-old Lauren Taylor of England became the youngest Ladies British Open Amateur winner at Royal Portrush last year.

In addition to the exemptions for amateurs into the U.S. Women's Open, the top 25 in the Rolex Rankings as of May 2 and July 2 will be exempt into the championship.

The U.S. Open will be contested at Olympic Club in San Francisco from June 14-17, while the U.S. Women's Open will be played at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis. from July 5-8.

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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.