Lovely Start for Geiberger and others at Buick

By Mercer BaggsFebruary 8, 2001, 5:00 pm
After a 62-start winless drought on the PGA Tour, Davis Love III knows you need to ride out a hot streak.
Following a win at last week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Love made an 11th-hour entry into this week's Buick Invitational, where he's continued his stellar play.
Playing the more difficult South Course at Torrey Pines, Love fired a bogey-free seven-under-par 65 to finish within one stroke off the first-round lead, held by Brent Geiberger.
First round comments from Mickelson, Woods, Love III and Geiberger
Geiberger, whose father Al finished second in this event the first time it was contested at Torrey Pines in 1968, opened in eight-under-par 64 on the North Course to grab the outright lead in La Jolla, Calif.
1997 Buy.Com Player of the Year Chris Smith stands alone in third place after carding a six-under-par 66 on the North Course. Eleven players share fourth place at five-under, including Brad Faxon and Charley Hoffman, a local product who received a sponsor's exemption.
Battling a bout of food poisoning, defending champion Phil Mickelson recorded four birdies, one bogey and an eagle at the par-five 18th on the South Course for a round of four-under-par 68.
Last Sunday at Pebble Beach, Mickelson double bogeyed the par-five 18th to finish in a tie for third. Ironically, he's playing in the same group with Love over the first two rounds.
'I feel better,' Mickelson said of his health. 'I was feeling a little weak the last nine or ten holes.'
1999 Buick Invitational champion Tiger Woods is six shots off the 18-hole lead following a two-under-par 70 on the North Course. Woods birdied four of his first ten holes to earn an early share of the lead, but fell from the pack after a double bogey at the par-three sixth, his 15th hole of the day.
Woods fired a six-iron from 206 yards over the green at the sixth, and then fluffed his chip. He pitched his third shot six feet past the hole, where he two-putted for a double-bogey 5.
Tiger's putting woes continued at the par-four eighth, where he three-putted for bogey. Woods concluded his day by birdying the par-five ninth.
'I tried as hard as I could, it just didn't work out,' said Woods, who took 34 putts in the first round. 'I left a lot of shots out there.'
Love began his first round at La Jolla much like he did Sunday at Pebble - with a birdie. Though the 14-time PGA Tour winner wasn't able to duplicate his front-nine 28 of four days ago, Love did make the turn in three-under-par 33. He carded two more birdies and an eagle at the par-five 18th for a flawless round of 65.
'I usually don't like to play four weeks in a row,' said Love. 'But when you're making putts, you don't want to go home. I had some confidence before. Now, I have a lot of confidence. That makes you excited to play.'
Geiberger is certainly excited about his play, especially after an injury-plagued 2000 and a rough start to the '01 season.
Using a new putter, Geiberger posted matching 32s on the front and back nines. The highlight of his round came at the 326-yard par-four second, where he nearly drove the green, and then chipped in for an eagle 2.
'It's a good start for me,' said Geiberger, who tied for 10th at this event in 2000 and tied for fifth in 1998.
Seven of the last ten Buick Invitational winners have grown up in Southern California. Geiberger, who was born in Santa Barbara, would like to add to that list.
The 32-year-old won the 1999 Greater Hartford Open, but suffered through a nerve problem in his shoulder in 2000. This year, he was ousted in the first round of the Accenture World Match Play championship, missed the cut in Tucson and finished near the bottom in Phoenix.
News, Notes and Numbers
*John Cook withdrew from the event due to an unspecified injury. Cook was even par through 13 holes.
*Charley Hoffman grew up in San Diego. He qualified for the Buick Invitational three times as an amateur. He missed the cut twice and finished 76th in 1996. He also competed in the 2001 Touchstone Energy Tucson Open, where he missed the cut after rounds of 82-76.
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Brent Geiberger
Davis Love III
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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 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.