Harbour Town Happenings
Every golf fan knows the lighthouse just off the 18th green at Harbour Town, but there are plenty of other picturesque views from the course. When you stand on the par-3 17th tee box looking towards the green, Calibogue Sound is in the background. And not just the water. Sailboats, yachts and speedboats all cruise by. Its quite a site. Some of the houses that line the golf course are gorgeous too. Condos, townhouses and some quite large homes line the course on both nines. If youre one of the lucky few, your home sits between the fairway and the beach.
As for some tournament nuggets to munch on:
-Look for Davis Love III to do well. Hes the only 4-time winner of this event. Davis missed the cut last week at The Masters and told us Wednesday that hes never been more upset with himself after a tournament. He also said he is ready to get back to playing the kind of golf he enjoyed during the West Coast Swing earlier this year -including a win at Pebble Beach.
-If you haven't heard yet, Nick Faldo has a familiar partner this week. Fanny Sonnesson is back on Nicks bag. Its not, however, a permanent change. Fanny is Notay Begays regular caddy but Notahs bad back is preventing him from playing for the next five weeks. She called Nick and asked him if she could carry his bag for the next two weeks and Nick said 'sure, why not.' The two have remained friends since parting ways a few years ago and remember, she was Nicks caddy when he won six major championships. The bet here is that if Nick plays well the next two weeks, the change may not be so temporary after all.
-Harbour Town Golf Links looks like a new course. Well not really, but the players sure have noticed the differences from a year ago. The greens were re-surfaced and some trees have been knocked down. The players say the greens are rolling great. Tom Watson, who has won twice here, said knocking down some of the trees was a must because the course gets so much play all year that it needed the extra sunlight. He too liked the changes.
-Speaking of Tom Watson, whats he doing here!?! The Senior Tour is staging its first major of the year and here Tom is in Hilton Head. Tom told us today that he has nothing against The Tradition out in Arizona but he just loves playing this golf course. Tom almost won the Tradition laste year, losing to another Tom - Kite - in a playoff, so it seems kind of strange that hes here, but when youve won eight major titles, youre always welcome!
So were all set for The Golf Channel's early round coverage Thursday. The field is good and the weather is great. Please make time to join our team beginning at 3:30pm Eastern. And don't miss Golf Central at 7:30pm - well be here all week with complete re-caps of all the days news. See you then!
Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
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
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.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
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.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
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.