Champions Tour money leader absent from Iowa

By Associated PressMay 31, 2012, 9:00 pm

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – The golfers playing this weekend's Principal Charity Classic caught a bit of a break.

Senior PGA Championship winner Roger Chapman and points leader Michael Allen didn't make the trip to Iowa.

Chapman, the Englishman who stunned the field with a two-stroke win at Harbor Shores in Michigan last weekend, will play in Spain this week following his first career Champions Tour win. Allen, the only Champions player with a pair of wins in 2012, is playing in a U.S. Open qualifier in California.

Chapman and Allen are about only big names not in the field for this weekend's tournament at Glen Oaks Country Club, which is sandwiched between a pair of majors as the circuit heads to Birmingham next week.

''It's all about winning and giving yourself those opportunities, and certainly the non-major weeks, you have to play well,'' said John Cook, who is 134 points behind Allen and in second place. ''This would be a good week to catch up with (Allen) a little bit.''

Perhaps the two most intriguing players in the field are the ones directly below Chapman; Bernhard Langer and Kenny Perry.

Langer was the leading money winner on the Champions Tour from 2008-10 but struggled through an injury-plagued 2011. He has six top-10 finishes in eight starts and a pair of second-place finishes this year. He finished 11th in his only start at Glen Oaks two years ago.

Perry rallied with a 9-under 62 in his final round last week, matching the lowest round ever in a senior major. Perry has three top-10 finishes in seven starts and won at TwinEagles in Naples, Fla., in February.

''I like how I'm hitting the golf ball right now. I'm still struggling with my putting, that's nothing new. That's been the history of my career,'' Perry said. ''This week will all boil down to how I putt.''

The defending champion at Iowa is Bob Gilder, who along with Jay Haas is the only player to win twice at Glen Oaks.

Gilder's second victory at Iowa was about as improbable as Chapman's last week.

Gilder hadn't won a senior event in five years and trailed leader Mark Brooks by four shots a year ago heading to the 15th hole. But Gilder birdied his next two holes and Brooks salvaged a bogey after hitting his approach into the water on No. 17, a 467-yard par-4 that's considered the toughest hole on the course.

Gilder then sank a 30-foot putt and Brooks three-putted to hand over what had seemed like a sure victory.

Though Gilder has just one top-25 finish in nine events in 2012, he has to be considered among the favorites. Gilder also won at Glen Oaks in 2002 and has earned more money on this course than anyone else.

But Brooks can take solace in knowing that runner-ups Tom Jenkins and Nick Price both won in Iowa a year later, with Price pulling that off two years ago.

Glen Oaks, which typically ranks as one of the easier courses on the Champions Tour, could play different for each round. Rain soaked central Iowa on Wednesday night and lingered through Thursday's pro-am with temperatures barely cracking 60 degrees.

Although it could be somewhat soggy for Friday's opening round, it's expected to be dry and much warmer by Sunday's final round.

''We start getting warm weather, it starts drying out, you'll see the scores going down,'' Perry said. ''You'll see the scores improve a little bit each day because the weather will improve.''

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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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