Villegas 2011 finally coming together

By April 23, 2011, 4:15 am

The year obviously got off to a bad start for Camilo Villegas. Victim of a phone-in disqualification at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the mishap cost Villegas momentum to start the year.

He made an equipment change from Cobra Golf to TaylorMade, which may have required more of a transition than the Colombian thought.

But now it seems like Villegas has found his game and his stride through two rounds of the Heritage. He is through two rounds at 8-under, just a couple of shots back of Luke Donald heading into the weekend.

Of course, the natural question for Villegas was, 'What took so long?'

“If I knew that, it would probably have been a better start of the year,” Villegas joked after his round.

“It’s the game of golf. It’s no different than running a business. You have to make decisions out there. All the decisions you make is for the purpose of improving and getting better, and sometimes it doesn’t go that way.”

Villegas says an intensified off-season regimen may not have paid off.

“I actually practiced in the off-season more than I probably have in my last five, six seasons on Tour, and just hoping to get to a great start of the year. And funny enough, the game of golf comes and bites you and it just wasn’t that way.”

This was a last-minute start for Villegas, deciding to tee it up after learning a title sponsor had not yet been secured for next year and beyond.

“I was supposed to go to Colombia and do some things there. I talked with the Tour and they told us if they found a sponsor next year, the tournament will be after Augusta. I’d much rather have it that way, go play Augusta, drive down, nice easy drive and make a nice relaxed week.”

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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.