Calcavecchia three back of Forsman in New York

By Associated PressJune 27, 2010, 12:54 am

Champions TourENDICOTT, N.Y. – When Dan Forsman knocked a 3-wood straight down the middle of the first fairway, he thought it might be another good day.

It was.

Forsman shot his second straight 6-under 66 on Saturday to surge past first-round leader Wayne Levi and take a one-shot lead over Brad Bryant after two rounds at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.

“I trusted my swing, finally. It gave me a lot of confidence,” Forsman said. “All of a sudden it just took a lot of the anxiety (away).”

Forsman was at 12-under 132 and somewhat lucky to be there alone – Bryant (67) kept pace until a bogey at the final hole. Russ Cochran (66) and Levi (69) were tied at 10 under.

Bill Glasson (66), Mark Calcavecchia (68), and Nick Price (66), third in the Schwab Cup standings, were another shot back.

Andy Bean, who had an 8-under 64, just two shots off his career low and the best round of the day (Bruce Vaughan also shot 64), was tied with Loren Roberts (68) at 8 under. Fred Funk (70) was alone at 7 under.

Ken Green, in just his second start in a stroke-play event since an RV crash a year ago resulted in the loss of the lower part of his right leg, had a 2-over 74. It was the best round in his comeback.

Levi, so solid in the opening round with seven birdies and no bogeys, lost his edge at the outset despite ideal conditions, save a few afternoon sprinkles, and virtually no wind. He saved par at No. 1 but made bogey at the second hole when his second shot found the water hazard in front of the green.

“You can’t do that. It’s devastating,” Levi said. “It could have been worse, but I couldn’t do anything on the front side.”

That allowed his playing partners to surge past and duel for the lead all day around the En-Joie Golf Club course.

Forsman, who won the Regions Charity Classic in May, one of six top-10s on the season, birdied the first three holes to quickly erase Levi’s one-shot lead. He followed that with birdies at Nos. 7 and 8 to reach 11 under at the turn.

Bryant, tied for second with Forsman to start the day, kept pace with the lone eagle of the tournament at the 379-yard, par-4 second hole. Bryant’s soaring sand wedge from 80 yards at the dogleg left landed on the green and bounced right into the cup, eliciting a smirk from Bryant and a roar from the gallery.

Bryant matched Forsman with birdies at the seventh and eighth holes and headed for the back nine one shot behind.

Both men birdied Nos. 10 and 12, and Bryant finally drew even at the 215-yard, par-3 14th hole when Forsman drove the rough to the right of the green and couldn’t get up and down, missing an 8-foot par putt. It was Forsman’s first bogey in a span of 33 holes, but he averted a two-shot swing when Bryant pulled a short putt for birdie.

“You don’t want to make two bogeys in a row. You want to stop the bleeding immediately,” said Forsman, who parred the final four holes.

Bryant escaped trouble at No. 15 with a clutch shot out of a stand of trees after an errant drive right and saved par. He got lucky on the final hole when his drive sailed toward the trees that line the right side of the fairway and caromed into the rough. But his second shot landed in rough at the back left of the green and he was unable to save par, missing a 12-foot putt. It was his second straight bogey at the par-4 18th hole.

“I’m really disappointed again in my finish. I left a couple of out there on the last three holes,” Bryant said. “Hopefully, tomorrow I’ll find a way to finish strong.

“I didn’t drive the ball quite as well as I’d hoped, but I hit several great shots out of the trees to get the ball up on the green or around the green. I’m lucky to be where I’m at.”

The last time the 58-year-old Levi was in sole possession of the lead after the first round was at the 2005 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn, and he eventually finished tied for 21st. He seemed destined to repeat that performance until rallying late.

Levi made a nice uphill birdie putt from just over 20 feet at No. 15, one of only 10 birdies on what statistically was the most difficult hole of the day. His second shot at the par-4 16th hole spun backward and barely past the pin to set up another birdie that got him to 9 under, and he drove within 6 feet of the pin at the par-3 17th hole but missed the putt.

Unfazed, Levi rebounded with a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole.

“That’s a good way to finish,” he said.

There was a chance off showers overnight, and Bryant was wary of Sunday’s final round.

“We’re going to have to go make lots of birdies,” he said. “The golf course is just playing that way right now. It’s probably in the best shape I’ve ever seen it, and when a golf course is in this good a shape, guys are going to make birdies. If we get a little bit of rain tonight and this place softens up, it’ll be a shootout tomorrow.”

Divots: There were 27 rounds below 70 and 48 rounds below par. … Ken Green was at 8 over par, two shots ahead of Dave Eichelberger and four in front of Jim Dent.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

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.

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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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