Donald eyeing unprecedented money-title feat

By Associated PressSeptember 28, 2011, 3:32 pm

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Leading the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic, top-ranked Luke Donald is eyeing another big payday at the Dunhill Links Championship. 

The 33-year-old Englishman returns to the European Tour after completing his PGA Tour schedule in the United States by finishing tied for third at the Tour Championship and earning $418,667. 

It’s another impressive display in what has been a stellar year for Donald, who has topped the rankings since May and won four titles in 2011 – including the Scottish Open at the Castle Stuart links course in July. 

Donald is attempting to become the first player to win the money titles in Europe and the United States. 

A winner’s prize of $800,000 is on the line this week with five of the top six players, including defending champion Martin Kaymer of Germany, in the field at Dunhill Links. The tournament is played over three of Scotland’s best courses – the Old Course at St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. 

The field includes U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy, Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, British Open winner Darren Clarke, along with major winners Graeme McDowell, Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington and Louis Oosthuizen. 

The leading American at the event is fifth-ranked Dustin Johnson, who will have a new caddie this week after Joe LaCava’s decision to take over Tiger Woods’ bag as a permanent replacement for Steve Williams. 

Famous as a pro-am event that attracts Hollywood celebrities and sports stars  – among the big names this year are actors Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia, Netherlands soccer great Johan Cruyff and former Australia cricketer Shane Warne – the Dunhill Links also has Ryder Cup points at stake. 

“To have a good friend in your group and always around you while you play on three wonderful golf courses, it is probably the best week of the year on the European Tour,” said Kaymer, whose father will be his playing partner and brother will caddie. 

Kaymer and second-ranked Lee Westwood – who have both been ranked No. 1 in 2011 – have each won only one tournament this year. Donald has proved a relentless front-runner in the rankings in the past four months. 

Apart from Woods, the last player to have as big a lead at the top of the rankings was Greg Norman in May 1996. 

Donald’s consistent game has few flaws. His straight, punchy drives can eliminate the wind and a deftness around the greens makes him well-suited to links golf. He proved it by winning a rain-curtailed Scottish Open at 19 under in just three rounds. 

However, he flopped at the British Open a week later, missing the cut and failing to break his drought in majors. 

Westwood, also without a major title, is hoping for a change in fortune on the greens as he tries to turn a string of top-10 finishes into wins. 

“It’s frustrating when I’m giving myself so many chances and not really walking off with the scores I think I should’ve done,” said Westwood, who won the Ballantine’s Championship in South Korea in April. “I haven’t really had what I consider a good putting round all year. Tee to green, I’m very consistent.”


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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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