Singh Shares Buick Challenge Lead

By Mercer BaggsOctober 25, 2001, 4:00 pm
Vijay Singh has eight top-5 finishes and over $3.2 million in earnings on the PGA Tour this year. But unless he wins one of the two remaining events, this season will be his most disappointing since 1996.
 
Its been five years since Singh finished a campaign on the PGA Tour without a victory. And after one round in this weeks Buick Challenge, hes in good shape to extend that winning streak to six straight seasons.
 
Singh shot an 8-under 64 to tie Australian Geoff Ogilvy for the first-round lead at Callaway Gardens Resort in Pine Mountain, Ga.
 
'I've not led a golf tournament in so long, I don't know what it feels like,' said Singh, who won twice overseas earlier in the year. 'I'd really like to win. I'm going to give it a good shot.'
 
Joel Edwards, Neal Lancaster, Per-Ulrik Johansson, Mike Sposa and Danny Ellis are all tied for third after a quintet of 7-under 65s.
 
PGA Championship winner David Toms withdrew after shooting 72, citing a sore neck and wrist.
 
This is the third time Ogilvy has held at least a share of the lead after the first round this year. He led after 18 holes of the Tucson Open and the Honda Classic. He didnt win either tournament, but did finish runner-up in Coral Springs and tied for third in Tucson.
 
This is the final event for players to jump into the top 30 on the money list and qualify for the $5 million Tour Championship.
 
Current 2001 PGA Tour money list
 
Edwards, winner of this years Air Canada Championship, is currently 47th in earnings. Last weeks winner, Jose Coceres is 33rd on the money list. He shot 6-under 66 to tie Mark OMeara for eighth place.
 
Kenny Perry is in the precarious 30th position on the money list, $677 clear of No. 31, Jesper Parnevik.
 
Perry shot 1-under 71 in the first round, while Parnevik shot 73. First place this week is $612,000.
 
Meanwhile, its also the penultimate event for players to finish inside the top 125 on the money list and secure their 2002 PGA Tour cards.
 
Here are how players on the top-30 and top-125 bubbles fared in the first round:
 
Tour Championship Bubble

27. Steve LoweryE (72)T91
28. Stewart Cink -3 (69)T36
29. Steve StrickerNANA
30. Kenny Perry-1 (71)T70
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31. Jesper Parnevik+1 (73)T102
32. Kevin Sutherland-2 (70)T46
33. Jose Coceres-6 (66)T8
34. Jerry Kelly -1 (71)T70
35. Rocco Mediate+1 (73)T102
36. Paul Azinger-4 (68)T18
 

Top-125 Bubble

122. Per-Ulrik Johansson-7 (65)T3
123. Bradley Hughes-1 (71)T70
124. Brandt Jobe-3 (69)T36
125. Spike McRoy-2 (70)T46
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126. Fred Couples*NANA
127. Brad Elder-4 (68)T18
128. Paul Goydos+1 (73)T102
129. Pete Jordan+4 (76)T123
130. Ian Leggatt+2 (74)T115
131. Tom Byrum-4 (68)T18
 
*Exempt through 2006 due to 1996 Players Championship victory
 
Full-field scores from the Buick Challenge
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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.