Woods routs McIlroy, moves to Turkish semifinals

By Ryan LavnerOctober 11, 2012, 9:22 am

Even though Tiger Woods convincingly dispatched Rory McIlroy on Thursday in the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, it’s important to keep the accomplishment in context.

This event, after all, is an eight-player exhibition in which last place receives $300,000. No world-ranking points are at stake. Players are wearing shorts and sporting offseason beards.

Still, there was ample evidence to suggest this wasn’t just another 18-hole round for Woods. Though he may have displayed an air of insouciance in previous encounters with McIlroy – including their frequent groupings during the FedEx Cup – Woods was businesslike in his approach Thursday at Antalya Golf Club, chitchatting sparingly with the 23-year-old, walking on opposite sides of the fairway, pummeling his opponent during a ball-striking clinic.

Yep, Round 1 went to Tiger.

And it wasn’t even close.

In their first head-to-head showdown, Woods thumped McIlroy, 64-70, to knock out the world No. 1 from the competition and advance to the semifinals. Later this morning, Woods will face another Sean Foley pupil, Justin Rose, with a finals berth on the line.

“I felt good today,” Woods said on the Sky Sports broadcast. “Really, really hit it good. I missed quite a few putts out there too, which is really interesting, because it could have been a real low number. But it’s good to advance this afternoon.”

McIlroy arrived in Turkey earlier this week having not swung a club since the Ryder Cup. That rust was evident in his Round 1 performance, during which he “lost interest,” according to opponent Matt Kuchar, and shot 76. The PGA champion was a bit sharper (and more competitive) in a Day 2 loss to Charl Schwartzel, but nonetheless it would have taken a thorough domination of Woods – and then some help – for McIlroy to advance in the round-robin format.

Instead, he found himself on the receiving end of one of Woods’ vintage knockouts.

Stuffing numerous approach shots inside 8 feet, Woods went out in 5-under 31 to seize an early five-shot lead. (He finished with a bogeyless 64, easily his best round of the week.) McIlroy did himself no favors either, bogeying his opening hole and failing to mount any kind of comeback on the back nine. With tennis-star girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki watching each of his matches this week, McIlroy went 0-3.

The Northern Irishman – and golf fans – won’t need to wait nearly as long for a rematch. McIlroy and Woods are set to face off again on Oct. 29, in a one-day Duel at Jinsha Lake exhibition in China.

Rose advanced to the semis with the best round of the week, a 9-under 62, to knock out Webb Simpson (67).

Also advancing out of Group 2 was Lee Westwood (64), who defeated Hunter Mahan (69).

In the semis, Westwood will face Schwartzel, who moved on to the next round with a superbly played, 63-65 win over Matt Kuchar.

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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.