Calcavecchia eagles No. 18 to grab share of Boeing lead

By Associated PressAugust 28, 2011, 1:05 am

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. – Mark Calcavecchia seized his opportunity on the final two holes, birdieing the par-3 17th and holing a 20-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th for a 5-under 67 and a share of the second-round lead Saturday in the Champions Tour’s Boeing Classic.

Calcavecchia, the 1989 British Open champion, matched Kenny Perry (68), Jeff Sluman (70) and Russ Cochran (71) at 7 under at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.

Bob Gilder (69), Chip Beck (69) and Chien Soon Lu (69) were 5 under.

“Pretty much my whole day was the last couple holes,” Calcavecchia said. “Nothing was happening for me on the front but I was being careful.”

He picked up a stroke on the 211-yard 17th, hitting a 5-iron 18 feet from the hole. Then on the 498-yard, well-bunkered 18th, he rolled in the 20-footer for his eagle. He also birdied Nos. 8, 12, 14 and bogeyed No. 3.

Calcavecchia has 13 PGA Tour victories, the last in 2007, but is winless in 30 career starts in two seasons on the 50-and-over tour.

“I’m done thinking about that,” he said. “I won’t say I’m overdue. I just haven’t played good enough for three or four straight days to win.

“I’ll just go out there tomorrow, be careful, pick my spots and be patient.”

Perry, coming off a second-place finish three weeks ago in the 3M Championship in Minnesota, also had some final-hole dramatics. He holed out from a bunker on the 18th for an eagle. That made up for a double-bogey 6 on No. 14 when his nine iron shot from 142 yards bounced off the back side of the green and disappeared.

“The course took it away from me but gave it back again with the unbelievable eagle on 18, a one on a million shot,” Perry said. “It’s a 30-foot face bunker, green sloping away from you and it takes two hops and (like) Michael Jordan, just dunks.”

On the 14th, he thought it had a chance to go in the hole.

“It was all going smooth until the 14th,” Perry said. “I hit as pretty a shot as I can ever remember, telling it to go in the hole and it went over the green and into the hazard,” he said. “I had go back and hit the shot again. So that was pretty interesting.

“Being patient is the word here. This course doesn’t give up much. It’s hard to get close to the hole. It’s like a mini-U.S. Open. It’s a severe test out there. So I was definitely pleased with a 4 under.”

Cochran, the Senior British Open Champion last month, entered the day with a one-stroke lead over Sluman. The left-hander bogeyed the 17th to fall back to 7 under.

Sluman also bogeyed the 17th.

Cochran beat Calcavecchia by two strokes last month to win the Senior British Open,

“I have to play a whole lot better tomorrow,” Cochran said. “There’s a couple guys out there who are used to winning that haven’t won on the Champions Tour that are really going to go after it. If I don’t go after it, I’m going to be left behind.”

Defending champion Bernhard Langer was 3 under after a 73.

Fred Couples, the hometown star coming off a victory last weekend in New York in the Seniors Players Championship, shot a 69 to reach 2 under.

“I think guys even 2 or 3 under still have a real good chance to win this golf tournament,” Sluman said.

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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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