Bjorn survives marathon playoff to win Johnnie Walker

By Associated PressAugust 28, 2011, 5:48 pm

GLENEAGLES, Scotland – Thomas Bjorn won a five-way sudden-death playoff at the fifth extra hole Sunday to capture the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.

The 40-year-old Dane made birdie at the par-5 No. 18 to beat South Africa’s George Coetzee, after Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger, Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal and England’s Mark Foster had been eliminated earlier in a five-man shootout that lasted more than 90 minutes.

All five players had finished at 11-under 277, with Foster botching a chance to win outright by bogeying the 72nd hole when a par was all he needed to end an eight-year title drought.

Bjorn’s second title of the year - and 12th of his career - lifted him just outside the world’s top 50 in the rankings.

“As you get rid of one at a time it becomes more difficult, but the way I played the hole the last three times was great,” said Bjorn, who also won the Qatar Masters in February.

Bjorn, who started the day three shots behind joint overnight leaders Foster and Spain’s Ignacio Garrido, kept his composure during the playoff and fired birdies on the third, fourth and fifth extra holes after fine approach shots to each.

On the fifth hole of the playoff, the 112th-ranked Coetzee - who finished with rounds of 66, 67 and 67 after opening with a 5-over 77 - was always playing catch-up following his drive into the left rough. He sent his third shot within 20 feet but couldn’t drain the birdie, leaving Bjorn the simple task of putting out.

“This is my second win of the year and I’m thrilled by that,” said Bjorn, whose renaissance this year continued with a fourth-place finish at last month’s British Open. “Hopefully, there’s more to come.”

It’s the first time Bjorn, a two-time Ryder Cup winner, has won two tournaments in one year on the European Tour since 1998.

Wiesberger and Larrazabal - this year’s BMW International winner in Munich - both shot 69s but exited the playoff at the first and second extra holes, respectively.

Foster (72) disappeared at the fourth playoff hole, leaving him to rue his failure to wrap up the title in regulation time when he drove into the deep rough at the 72nd hole and landed next to a tree.

He then failed to get up and down in two, forcing the first five-way playoff on the European Tour since the 1992 BMW International Open - won by Paul Azinger.

A final-day meltdown was nothing new to Foster, who led or shared the lead in three previous tournaments this year - the French Open, the BMW International and the Scottish Open - without going on to win.

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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.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.


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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup


Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green


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Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open


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Trump golf properties

Vandalism

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Finances


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

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Reportedly fake TIME covers


Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover


Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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Pros comment on the president

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm