You Oughta Know: Honda Classic

By Randall MellMarch 4, 2012, 12:00 am

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Some notes and nuggets to whet your appetite for Sunday’s final round at the Honda Classic:

• Rory McIlroy takes a 54-hole lead into a PGA Tour event for the third time, but it’s the first time he does so in any event other than a major championship. He lost the 54-hole lead at the Masters last year, but won the U.S. Open.

• McIlroy has led or shared the lead after 54 holes three times on the European Tour. He won just one of them, the 2009 Dubai Desert Classic.

• McIlroy tends to win big when he wins in the United States. He’s going for his third PGA Tour title. He won the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow by four shots in 2010, the U.S. Open by eight shots last year.

• McIlroy started the week 16 over par through the Bear Trap (Nos. 15-17) in three tournaments, but he has played it in 3 under par so far this week. He has three birdies.

• Rookie Harris English, who won the Nationwide Tour’s Children’s Hospital Invitational as an amateur last year, is bidding to win his first PGA Tour event in his sixth PGA Tour start.

• Two rookies rank among the top five on the Honda Classic leaderboard, English and Brian Harman.

• Tom Gillis, the 43-year-old journeyman, will be in the final grouping with a pair of 22-year-olds, McIlroy and English.

• Tiger Woods is tied for 18th. In the 41-year history of the Honda Classic, only one winner has come from outside the top 10 entering Sunday and won. Padraig Harrington won in 2005 coming from seven shots back and from a tie for 21st.

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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.