Couples, Sluman top leaderboard in rainy Mississippi

By Associated PressMarch 25, 2012, 1:04 am

SAUCIER, Miss. – Jeff Sluman shot an 8-under 64 on Saturday to climb into a tie with Fred Couples for the second-round lead in the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

Sluman birdied five of his final seven holes in his bogey-free round to reach 11 under at Fallen Oak. Couples followed his course-record 63 in the opening round with a 70 in the second.

Couples made six birdies in a row to finish his course-record round early Saturday morning.

Jim Thorpe will join Sluman and Couples be in the final group Sunday. The 63-year-old Thorpe, two strokes back after a 65, is winless on the Champions Tour since 2007.

Most of the players had to finish their first rounds early Saturday morning before the second round began.

Couples wasn’t quite as sharp in the afternoon after his early-morning birdie spree, but remains in good position to win his first Champions Tour title this year and the seventh of his career.

Couples is coming off an eighth-place tie Sunday in Newport Beach. He’s scheduled to play the PGA Tour’s Houston Open and the Masters the next two weeks.

Maybe the most intriguing story was the 65 shot by Thorpe, who is playing his best golf since serving a year in prison on tax evasion charges. He was released in April of last year and has been steadily improving since.

Couples was 3 under through 12 holes on Friday before the round was suspended because of darkness. He birdied his final six holes early Saturday morning for a one-stroke lead heading into the second round.

Couples’ run of birdies was even more remarkable considering the 52-year-old had never even seen Fallen Oak before the first round. He had planned to play in Thursday’s pro-am, but the event was canceled after the course was soaked by several inches of rain. There was so much water, he couldn’t even practice.

Course conditions were nearly perfect for low scores in the morning after soaking rains at Fallen Oak earlier in the week pushed the opening round tee times back more than four hours.

Couples had 10 birdies and one bogey in his first round.

The second round proved more of a challenge for just about everyone. The drier course proved less forgiving and occasional wind gusts of up to 15 miles per hour made shots less predictable.

But Sluman maneuvered through the course without many problems. He also got a few big breaks - such as a 50-foot putt that dropped for birdie on No. 8.

Sluman is in the final group at Fallen Oak for the second straight year. The 54-year-old tied for second last year behind Tom Lehman.

 

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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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