Westwood wont play PGA Tour in 2011

By Associated PressOctober 6, 2010, 5:55 pm

European Tour

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Lee Westwood will not rejoin the PGA Tour when he succeeds Tiger Woods at the top of golf’s rankings.

The 37-year-old Englishman said Wednesday he will put his family first in 2011 and base himself on the European Tour despite the many more millions of dollars to be won competing for the FedEx Cup.

His only trips to America next year will be for the majors and World Golf Championships, and occasional tournaments which might help him prepare for them.

“I’m not taking my card up in the States,” Westwood said as he prepared for Thursday’s start of the Dunhill Links Championship at St. Andrews.

Finishing first or second in the $5 million event on three coastline courses including St. Andrews would see Westwood end Tiger Woods’ 278-week run as golf’s top-ranked player.

“Why would you take up membership in the States when you’ve been the most successful player in the world this year?” Westwood asked.

“When you’ve come in second in two major championships. You must be doing something right. Why not stick to the same schedule?

“I don’t want to get into a situation where I have to play events in America just to make up 15 needed for tour membership.

“The FedEx Cup sits right in the middle of the kids’ summer holidays and I like going on holiday with them for a couple of weeks.

“I don’t want to be dictated to by having to play, having to go to America to play FedEx Cup when it doesn’t really mean that much to me.

“It doesn’t mean enough to me, anyway.”

Westwood admits he has been sounded out by American officials to join their tour, but coming off another successful Ryder Cup for Europe, he says he returned to thinking about only himself.

“As of Monday evening in Wales I became an individual again, and I do what’s right for Lee Westwood now,” he said.

Woods was not playing golf competitively until November when he visits China for the HSBC World Championship and Melbourne for the Australian Masters.

Because of the way the rankings are worked out over a two-year cycle of tournaments, No. 2-ranked Westwood will automatically surpass Woods in two weeks even without playing in Scotland this week.

Failing to finish in the top two on Sunday in the Dunhill Links will delay his promotion for only a few weeks, but Westwood didn’t want to take the easy option and rest up.

“I want to get to world No. 1 by playing the way I have the last two years and proving that I’m the best golfer and not fiddling around with the world ranking system and the mathematics of it all,” he said.

By choosing to play more in Europe than America in 2011 he will make the job of staying No. 1 even harder because for most weeks of the year PGA Tour events carry more ranking points.

The Dunhill Links is an exception to that rule, with eight other members of the European Ryder Cup team taking part, including Graeme McDowell, Martin Kaymer, Rory McIlory, Padraig Harrington, Ross Fisher, Peter Hanson, Edoardo Molinari and captain Colin Montgomerie.
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Rose (64) peaking just ahead of the U.S. Open

By Nick MentaMay 25, 2018, 8:40 pm

A former U.S. Open champion appears to be finding his form just three weeks ahead of the year's second major.

Justin Rose ascended to the top of the leaderboard Friday at the Fort Worth Invitational, with rounds of 66-64 pushing him to 10 under par for the week.

Through 36 at Colonial, Rose has marked 12 birdies against just two bogeys.

"Yeah, I did a lot of good things today," Rose said. "I think, you know, the end of my round got a little scrappy, but until the last three holes it was pretty flawless. I think I hit every fairway pretty much and obviously every green to that point. ...

"Yeah, the way I played through, I guess through my first 15 holes today, was about as good as I've played in a long time."


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Rose won in back-to-back weeks last fall, stunning Dustin Johnson at the WGC-HSBC Championship and riding that victory right into another at the Turkish Airlines Open.

Now the 2013 U.S. Open winner at Merion feels himself once again rounding into form ahead of this year's Open at Shinnecock. A final-round 66 at The Players gave Rose something to focus on in his recent practice sessions with swing coach Sean Foley, as the two work to shore up the timing of Rose's transition into the downswing.

As for his decision to tee it up at Colonial for the first time since 2010, "It was more the run of form really," Rose explained. "I feel like if I didn't play here it was going to be a little spotty going into the U.S. Open. I felt like I wanted to play enough golf where I would have a good read on my game going into Shinnecock.

"So rather than the venue it was more the timing, but it's obviously it's just such a bonus to be on a great layout like this."

For whatever reason, Rose does tend to play his best golf at iconic venues, having won PGA Tour events at Muirfield Village, Aronimink, Cog Hill, Doral, Merion and Congressional.

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Koepka (63): Two wrist dislocations in two months

By Nick MentaMay 25, 2018, 8:19 pm

Brook Koepka's journey back from a wrist injury that kept him out four months hasn't been totally smooth sailing, even if his play has suggested otherwise.

Koepka on Friday fired a 7-under 63 to move up the leaderboard into a tie for third, three shots behind leader Justin Rose through the end of the morning wave at the Fort Worth Invitational.

After a slow start Thursday saw him play his first 13 holes 3 over, Koepka is 10 under with 11 birdies in his last 23 holes at Colonial.

"It doesn't matter to me. I could care less. I'm still going to try as hard as I can," Koepka said. "I don't care how many over or how many under I am. Still going to fight through it."


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Just like he's been fighting his wrist the last two months or so. Koepka reinjured his wrist the Wednesday of The Players when he was practicing on the range and had to halt mid-swing after a golf cart drove in front of him. He nonetheless managed to finish T-11.

And that's not the only issue he's had with that wrist during his return.

"We had a bone pop out of place. I didn't tell anybody, but, yeah, they popped it back in," Koepka admitted Friday. "Luckily enough we kind of popped it back into place right away so it wasn't stiff and I didn't have too, too many problems.

"Yeah. I mean, I've dislocated my wrist twice in the last two months. You know, different spots, but, I mean, it's fun. I'll be all right."

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Twitter spat turns into fundraising opportunity

By Rex HoggardMay 25, 2018, 6:30 pm

Country music star Jake Owen, along with Brandt Snedeker, has turned a spat on Twitter into a fundraising campaign that will support Snedeker’s foundation.

On Thursday, Owen was criticized during the opening round of the Web.com Tour’s Nashville Golf Open, which benefits the Snedeker Foundation, for his poor play after opening with an 86.

In response, Snedeker and country singer Chris Young pledged $5,000 for every birdie that Owen makes on Friday in a campaign called NGO Birdies for Kids

Although Owen, who is playing the event on a sponsor exemption, doesn’t tee off for Round 2 in Nashville until 2 p.m. (CT), the campaign has already generated interest, with NBC Sports/Golf Channel analyst Peter Jacobsen along with Web.com Tour player Zac Blair both pledging $100 for every birdie Owen makes.

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Noren so impressed by Rory: 'I'm about to quit golf'

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 25, 2018, 5:33 pm

Alex Noren won the BMW PGA Championship last year, one of his nine career European Tour victories.

He opened his title defense at Wentworth Club in 68-69 and is tied for fourth through two rounds. Unfortunately, he's five back of leader Rory McIlroy. And after playing the first two days alongside McIlroy, Noren, currently ranked 19th in the world, doesn't seem to like his chances of back-to-back wins.

McIlroy opened in 67 and then shot a bogey-free 65 in second round, which included pars on the pair of par-5 finishing holes. Noren walked away left in awe.

"That's the best round I've ever seen," Noren said. "I'm about to quit golf, I think."

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