Wednesday - October 31, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamOctober 31, 2012, 9:24 am

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TODAY'S TOPICS
- Rory's Choice
World #1 continues to dominate the golf headlines as Rory McIlroy will part ways with equipment company Acushnet at the end of 2012. McIlroy has played Titleist clubs for his entire pro career.
- In the Race
McIlroy's bid to win both money titles takes center stage in the WGC-HSBC Champions where he is not teeing it up. Peter Hanson beat Rory last week and he will play in China this week. He trails McIlroy by more than 850,000 euros.
- 3-Peat in Play
Hideki Matsuyama is seeking a third straight win in the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship. This year's event begins tonight in Thailand's Amata Spring Country Club. Remember, the champion earns an invitation to the 2013 Masters. 
- Sandy's Damage
Photos continue to come in from Northeast golf courses damaged from Hurricane Sandy. This is from Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, NY which is the host of the 2013 PGA Championship. The course experienced downed trees and flooding but says cleanup efforts are already underway.
 
CNBC Business Headlines
- Manhattan Recovering From Sandy
- Sandy’s Impact on Insurance
- Disney Buying LucasFilm
 
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Ants Marching - Under the Table and Dreaming “Ants Marching” by Dave Matthews Band
Orange Crush - Green “Orange Crush” by R.E.M.
Kashmir - Physical Graffiti (Remastered) “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin
 
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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.