Bean Lu lead team event in Savannah

By Associated PressApril 25, 2010, 1:15 am
Champions Tour

SAVANNAH, Ga. – When regular partner Jerry Pate was unable to play, Andy Bean turned to Lu Chien-soon. Turned out to be a good move.

Bean and Lu teamed to shoot a better-ball 12-under 60 in a steady, light rain Saturday for a 125 total and a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.

“We have one more round to play, but I’m sure I’ll be getting a phone call from Jerry,” Bean said with a laugh.

Is it possible Pate will have to find a new partner next year?

“I think I got a pretty good one right now,” Bean said. “Yes.”

Bean and Lu played the final 10 holes in 10 under par to pull ahead of the teams of Blaine McCallister and Bob Tway (63) and first-round co-leaders Nick Price and Mark O’Meara (64).

John Cook and Joey Sindelar (65) shared the first-round lead and were alone in fourth place at 127 heading into Sunday’s final round of the Champions Tour event at The Club at Savannah Harbor, an island layout in the Savannah River.

Bean and Lu started the day at 7 under, three shots out of the lead. Bean’s birdie from 8 feet at No. 9 got them to 10 under at the turn and started their charge up the leaderboard. Bean holed out from 126 yards with a 9-iron for an eagle at No. 10. The duo birdied every hole after that until the 18th, where they settled for par.

Lu, a native of Taiwan, was an outstanding player in Asia who had to survive an eight-hole playoff for the final spot during Champions Tour qualifying school last fall.

“Good horse, man,” Bean said of Lu. “He lasts a long time. Load the wagon.”

McCallister and Tway made just two birdies on the front nine. But Tway hit a 3-wood to 20 feet and made the putt for an eagle at No. 11, then used an 8-iron from 157 yards for a hole-in-one at No. 15. It was the seventh ace of his career.

“It’s obviously a lot of luck,” Tway said. “You could hit a lot of good shots that don’t go in and it happened to go in.”

Winners of this event each will earn $230,000 of the $2.7 million purse.

NOTES: John Bland and Graham Marsh won the 36-hole Raphael division for players under 69 years of age at 13-under 131. Bruce Lietzke and Bill Rogers were a shot back. Gary Player and Bob Charles won the Demaret division for players over 70 earlier in the week. … Sunday’s forecast calls for additional rain showers with possible thunderstorms.

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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.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

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