Defending champ An ousted Uihlein moves to US Amateur finals

By Associated PressAugust 29, 2010, 12:26 am

2010 U.S. AmateurUNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – First David Chung ousted the NCAA individual champion. Then he sent the defending U.S. Amateur champion packing.

Next on Chung’s agenda: 36 holes with the top amateur player in the world.

The Stanford junior survived an early run of birdies and eagles from 2009 amateur champ Byeong-Hun An, rallying on the back nine for a 1 up victory over An on Saturday in the semifinals of the 110th championship.

His reward for reaching Sunday’s 36-hole final – other than a trip to next year’s U.S. Open and an invitation to the Masters – is a match with Oklahoma State’s Peter Uihlein, the top ranked amateur in the world.

Uihlein beat 18-year-old Patrick Cantlay 4 and 3.

“Peter and I have played since we were 10 years old,” Chung recalled. “I expect him to play well and got preparation from (An) on seeing stellar golf. So I think I’m pretty prepared for anything.”

While Uihlein might be the top ranked amateur, according to the latest rankings from the Royal & Ancient, their might not be a hotter amateur player than Chung. In the last month, Chung captured the Porter Cup and the Western Amateur, two of the more prestigious amateur events in the United States. Now he gets a chance at the capper before heading back to school.

An was attempting to become the first back-to-back champion since Tiger Woods won three straight titles between 1994 and 1996. An was already the first defending champ to reach the semifinals since Woods.

Still, the 18-year-old who a year ago became the youngest champion in history, couldn’t hide his disappointment after his putt on the 18th came up short. An dropped his putter, then flung his ball skipping across the green.

“On the back nine I couldn’t get anything going straight or in the hole and he took the chances when he needed,” An said. “We had a great match. We both played very well. It’s very disappointing right now.”

Chung was lucky to still be in his match with An after the first few holes. To par, An was 6 under through his first six holes, including an eagle on the par 4 fifth that was using a second, short green Saturday that made the hole drivable.

But Chung found himself just 3 down, a deficit he carried to the back nine after An won the ninth hole.

“I don’t think anybody could have beaten him in the first six holes today,” Chung said. “But I knew I would have my chances and I’d have to take advantage of them going into the back nine.”

Chung’s rally began with victories at the 10th and 12th holes, both times capitalizing when An’s tee shots found the long fescue surrounding the fairways at Chambers Bay. Chung then stayed in the match with saves at Nos. 13 and 14 to halve the hole.

On the 13th, Chung rolled in a 15 footer, then flopped a wedge to 2 feet for a par on the 14th. Chung went ahead with a birdie at the 16th, but gave back the lead when his tee shot on No. 17 found a bunker.

On the final hole, Chung reached the green on the 485-yard par 4 in two, while An flared his second shot into a greenside bunker and found his ball tucked against a grass mound. He blasted out to 40 feet but three-putted.

“If he goes 2 up with five holes to go that is pretty tough to come back from,” Chung said of his putt on the 13th. “So that was really key … probably the turning point in the match.”

Uihlein had a much more relaxed time against Cantlay than a day earlier when he was taken to the final hole by Oklahoma State teammate Morgan Hoffmann.

Uihlein never trailed against Cantlay and won three of the final five holes, finishing the match with a par at the 246-yard par 3 15th.

“I was filling up the cup early. I literally just made a couple more putts than him to start off and I think that was the difference,” Uihlein said.

Uihlein will get a chance at a little revenge against Chung in the final. They’ve known each other since they were young junior players, meeting in the 2005 U.S. Junior Amateur and again at this year’s NCAA championships. Both times, Chung came out ahead.

“I have a good relationship with David. I like David a lot,” Uihlein said. “I think tomorrow will be a lot of fun.”

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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.


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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.