Woods Stays Three Ahead in Japan

By Sports NetworkNovember 19, 2004, 5:00 pm
MIYAZAKI, Japan -- Tiger Woods posted a 3-under 67 on Friday to maintain his three-shot lead after two rounds of the Dunlop Phoenix. He stands at 8-under-par 132 at Phoenix Country Club.
Kaname Yokoo stayed in second place after matching Woods with a 67 in the second round.
Christian Pena fired the lowest round of the day on Friday with a 7-under- par 63. He is alone in third place at 4-under-par 136.
Thursday's opening round featured heavy downpours and that rain helped course conditions on Friday. The greens were soft and receptive and every player in the top-17 shot par or better in round two.
Woods collected his first birdie at the fourth hole, then birdied No. 8 for the second time in as many rounds. He added another at nine, then birdied the par-4 13th, but ran into trouble at No. 16.
Woods landed in a greenside bunker at the par-4 hole and blasted out to 12 feet. He two-putted for a bogey, his first in 56 holes at this tournament, but parred out for the lead at the halfway point.
If Woods can hang on the rest of the weekend, he will earn his first stroke-play victory of the season. He won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, but dropped his spot atop the World Rankings when Vijay Singh defeated him at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Labor Day weekend.
K.J. Choi (66) and Ryoken Kawagishi (67) share fourth place at 2-under-par 138, while Hideto Tanihara (70), Joe Ozaki (65) and Daniel Chopra (68), who earned his 2005 PGA Tour card through the Nationwide Tour in 2004, are tied for sixth at minus-1.
Robert Allenby shot a 1-under 69 and is part of a group tied for ninth at even-par 140.
Defending champion Thomas Bjorn carded a 69 on Friday and is part of a logjam in 32nd place at plus-4.
Stewart Cink, ranked 10th in the world, posted a 3-over 73 and is tied for 57th at 8-over-par 148. Reigning British Open champion Todd Hamilton shot a 6-over 76 and made the cut on the number at 9-over-par 149.
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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.