Cochran fires 62 for Mitsubishi lead

By Associated PressJanuary 22, 2011, 8:12 am

Champions TourKAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii – Russ Cochran holed two eagles and six birdies in a career-best 10-under 62 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the Champions Tour’s season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.

The 52-year-old left-hander, a two-time winner last season after going more than 400 starts without a victory, was near-perfect in his bogey-free round on a defenseless day at Hualalai to hold a two-stroke lead over defending champion Tom Watson and Ben Crenshaw.

With son Ryan on the bag, Cochran missed just one green in regulation. After making the turn in 32, Cochran had two eagles and two birdies in the next six holes to shoot atop the leaderboard.

Cochran said what helped him was taking time away from golf a few years ago to “re-evaluate … get life in better order,” and “get focused on the right things.”

“I said when I get (back) out there, I’m going to do this a bit different,” he said. “I’m certainly enjoying the moment more.”

Bernhard Langer, the three-time defending player of the year and the 2009 champion, opened with a 65 to match Jeff Sluman and Mark McNulty. Tom Lehman, Mark O’Meara and John Cook shot 66s.

Cochran went 19 years, 2 months, 5 days between wins.

He finally hoisted a trophy last September in South Korea, and went on to win the next event in North Carolina. And he’s not willing to wait around to add to his collection.

His victories at the Posco E&C Songdo Championship and SAS Championship in consecutive starts in September were among his 11 top-10 finishes. He ended up fourth on the money list with nearly $1.8 million.

The Kentucky native’s lone PGA Tour victory was at the 1991 Western Open.

“There’s a certain part of you that says, ‘I felt like I didn’t win enough and didn’t play well enough in my career on tour,”’ Cochran said. “And if I get that opportunity again, I’m certainly going to dig in and play as hard as I can.

“That’s all it is. There’s no big secrets or anything.”

Cochran’s 6-foot birdie putt on No. 15 gave him a two-stroke lead over the Hall of Fame duo Watson and Crenshaw. Cochran had birdie putts on the last three holes, but couldn’t add to his lead.

He’ll need to keep scoring with players like Watson, Crenshaw and Langer in the hunt.

Langer, the three-time defending player of the year and the 2009 champion, opened with a 65 to match Jeff Sluman and Mark McNulty.

McNulty is playing in his first official event since having right knee replacement surgery in May.

Tom Lehman, Mark O’Meara and John Cook shot 66s.

Last year, Watson birdied the final two holes last year to beat senior newcomer Fred Couples.

“I made some long putts in the pro-am and I was hoping it would continue (Friday), and it did. If that continues for the rest of the week, I might be there at the end again,” the 61-year-old Watson said.

Crenshaw, meanwhile, is still chasing his first trophy on the Champions Tour where he playing in his 167th event. The two-time Masters winner, who turned 59 this month, matched his career low on the 50-and-over circuit with his 64 and chipped in for eagle on No. 4 from 55 feet.

“He’s due to win,” Watson said. “Overdue to win.”

Just not this weekend, right?

“In Florida,” Watson replied, referring to the next official event, the Allianz Championship.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.

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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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.