Little Help Please

By Mercer BaggsDecember 6, 2000, 5:00 pm
Last year, Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara teamed up to win the EMC World Cup of Golf. However, 'teamed' should be used lightly. The pair combined to tally a winning score of 23-under-par. Twenty-one of the strokes came courtesy of Mr. Woods.
 
This year Woods should have a little more help. He's traded in good friend O'Meara, who has slipped to 70th in the Official World Golf Ranking, for the world's No. 4 ranked player, David Duval.
 
Duval and Woods will try to keep the Cup in the states, in this the first time the event has been staged in conjunction with the World Golf Championships.
 
This year's event will be staged at the Buenos Aires Golf Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Tiger's arrival to South America has been much anticipated, with many calling it the biggest sporting event in the country's history since Muhammad Ali fought in Argentina in 1966.
 
Fittingly, Woods and Duval will play alongside local favorites Eduardo Romero and Angel Cabrera in the first round.
 
'We have waited for this event to come here for over 30 years, and we're willing to have the trophy stay here in Argentina,' the 47-year-old Romero said. 'We are prepared for this. We have had a very good year - both of us. We have practiced on the course, and we expect, also, to have a little luck on our side.'
 
Aside from being Argentina's top prospects, Romero and Cabrera share a teacher-student relationship. Romero first introduced Cabrera to the game at the age of 15. Now, the two men stand 40th and 47th in the world, with the elder statesman holding the higher position.
 
Both men finished inside the top 20 on this year's Order of Merit, which helps explain why they, along with Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley of Ireland, and Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal and Miguel Angel Jimenez are expected to challenge the Americans for the title.
 
Overall, there are 24 two-man teams competing for the $1 million first-place check. Previously, the format was a combined stroke-play event; however, this year, there will be two rounds each of four-ball and foursomes.
 
Four-ball (better ball) will be contested on Thursday and Saturday, while foursomes (alternate shot) will be in play on Friday and Sunday. Unlike past World Cups, there will be no individual competition.
 
Last year, Woods shot a four-day total of 21-under-par; three strokes lower than the combined score of the second place team of Spain's Santiago Luna and Miguel Angel Martin.
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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.