David Howell takes first round lead at Irish Open

By Associated PressJuly 30, 2010, 1:23 am

KILLARNEY, Ireland – England’s David Howell showed a long overdue return to form as he shot a 7-under 64 to take the first-round lead at the Irish Open on Thursday.

The 35-year-old former Ryder Cup player has slumped to 479th in the world after reaching No. 9 in 2006, when he won the PGA Championship. In the past year he has considered retirement after working as a TV commentator during major tournaments for which he had not qualified.

Howell managed five birdies and an eagle at the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club on Thursday to take a one-shot lead over Australia’s Richard Green and Ireland’s Damien McGrane.

“I never wanted to give up,” said Howell, “but it crossed my mind that if I carried on playing as I did last year I wouldn’t have a career to be worried about anyway.

“As hard as it was not playing in the majors, when I got into my head the fact that I had dropped off that level, the next best thing was to sit and talk about golf on TV.”

Howell arrived in Ireland with 10 missed cuts on his 2010 record and no finish higher than 14th at The Open de Espana in April. But if he felt like a stranger being back at the top of the leaderboard, it was a different emotion to the players sharing second place.

They both felt like they were in familiar surroundings.

McGrane, once a professional shop pro and with only one European win in his career, could have been overawed when the draw paired him with two recent Irish major winners. But where U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell could only manage a 1-under 71 and Padraig Harrington struggled to a 78, McGrane lifted his game with five birdies during a bogey-free 66.

“I would sooner play with friends of mine like Padraig. Some people are tough to play with but he isn’t, and there was a lot of banter between us,” McGrane said.

Green liked Killarney’s relatively short 7,161-yard layout, saying it suited his game more than many modern tournament venues.

“It’s more like Huntingdale in Melbourne, where I learned to play the game as a youngster,” he said. Killarney is an old-school golf course and I felt comfortable out there. I am a traditionalist I am not one of the longer hitters and over the years on the European Tour courses have just got longer and longer.

“We don’t play many like this on the European Tour. In fact, I would say it was only the second that I have felt comfortable on this year following the Emirates course in Dubai.”

For less than half an hour, McGrane and Green were joined at 6 under by England’s Robert Rock, but he was disqualified for transposing two scores in his 65.

It was another Irish disappointment for the 33-year-old Rock, who last year lost a play off for the Irish Open title to the then-amateur Shane Lowry.

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Rose leads with play stopped in Indonesia; Snedeker withdraws

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.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

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.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

Article: Video, images from Tiger, DJ's round with Trump

Article: After DJ and Tiger, Trump plays golf with Jack

Rory faces criticism

Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'

President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

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.