You Oughta Know: 2013 World Challenge

By Jason SobelDecember 8, 2013, 2:23 am

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Here is everything You Oughta Know entering the final round of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge:

– Tiger Woods owns a two-stroke advantage over Zach Johnson entering the final round. When holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour, Woods has converted 48 of 52 times. He is 39 of 41 when holding the outright third-round lead.

– Among the four times Woods has not won after holding a 54-hole lead, the largest lead was two strokes over eventual champion Y.E. Yang at the 2009 PGA Championship, when he posted a final-round 75.

– Woods’ final-round scoring average when holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead is 70.518.

– The 54-hole leader/co-leader has won the World Challenge just twice in the last nine seasons (Woods in 2007 and Graeme McDowell in 2012).

– The tournament host, Woods is seeking his sixth-career win in the 15th edition of this event. He also owns three runner-up finishes in 13 total starts. In his other three appearances, he finished 10th in 1999, T-14 in 2005 and T-4 last year.

– Woods owns 19 career professional victories in his home state of California. A win on Sunday would be his 20th in the final year before this tournament moves to Florida.

– Zach Johnson will enter the final round in second place, two strokes behind Woods. Prior to an 18th place finish last year, he was second in 2007 and 2011, T-5 in 2009 and T-9 in 2010.

– In 23 career rounds at Sherwood Country Club, Johnson has now posted sub-70 scores on 14 occasions, including a 67-68 start in this week’s opening rounds.

– Bubba Watson is in third place entering the final round, four strokes behind Woods. In his previous starts at this event, Watson finished T-14 in 2010, T-6 in 2011 and T-9 last year.

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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.