Chad Collins wins Miccosukee Championship

By Associated PressOctober 19, 2009, 3:03 am

Nationwide Tour

MIAMI – Chad Collins won the Miccosukee Championship for his second career Nationwide Tour title, closing with a 1-under 70 in windy conditions Sunday for a two-stroke victory in the final full-field event of the season.

The 31-year-old Collins, also the 2005 Henrico County Open winner, had a 10-under 274 total on the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club course. He earned $112,500 to jump from eighth to second on the money list with $386,014, with the top 25 next week after the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship earning 2010 PGA Tour cards.

“It’s nice to get one, finally,” Collins said. “Winning is awesome. It never gets old. It’s nice to win again. I was wondering if I would ever win again.”

Collins holed a 35-foot birdie chip on No. 15, then bogeyed 16 and 17 before finishing with a 30-foot birdie putt on 18.

“I was just trying to cozy it down there,” Collins said. “I guess my nerves got the best of me and I hit it too hard. I don’t know how far past it would have gone, but I’m sure I would have missed that one coming back. Luckily, the hole got in the way.”

He has five top-five finishes, including three seconds, in his last eight starts.

“I didn’t hit the ball exceptionally well, but I did make a lot of up-and-downs,” Collins said. “My putter did its job this week. I made a lot of those 3- and 4-footers for par that you need to make.”

Won Joon Lee (71), Brian Smock (71) and Monday qualifier Justin Smith (72) tied for second at 8 under, and Fabian Gomez (71) and Bradley Iles (71) followed at 7 under.

The top 60 on the money list qualified for the Nationwide Tour Championship next week at Daniel Island Club in Charleston, S.C.

Darren Stiles, 67th entering the week, edged Michael Sims by $2,145 for the 60th and last spot. Stiles (73) tied for 12th at 4 under, and Sims (76) tied for 17th at 3 under. Lee jumped from 73rd to 47th, and Smock went from 64th to 41st.

Michael Sim tied for 17th to earn $9,062 and push his tour-record total to $536,142. He has three victories this year.

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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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