Donald Manassero Quiros tied at BMW PGA Championship

By Associated PressMay 28, 2011, 12:24 am

VIRGINIA WATER, England – Second-ranked Luke Donald of England, Italian teenager Matteo Manassero and Alvaro Quiros of Spain share a two-shot lead at the halfway mark of the BMW PGA Championship on Friday.

Quiros birdied the last three holes in a 4-under 67 at Wentworth, Manassero birdied No. 18 to shoot 70 and Donald shot 72. 

They all totaled 6-under 136 on a day of average scoring and some scathing player criticism of the Ernie Els-remodeled West Course.

David Horsey of England (68), Jose Manuel Lara of Spain (70) and South Africa’s Thomas Aitken (67) are next. 

Donald, the overnight leader after a 64 to match his lowest European Tour round, started with a bogey and had two more. Manassero also made three bogeys.

“It was definitely tougher out there today,” Donald said. “It was slightly disappointing that I didn’t take advantage of some of the opportunities that I had there, and some of the bogeys I made were kind of weak bogeys. But I kind of stuck in there at the end, so I’m still in a good position and looking forward to the weekend.”

The Englishman needs to finish in front of Lee Westwood (69) to take the No. 1 ranking, but his original eight-shot lead over his compatriot is now down to five.

Manassero – the youngest European Tour winner at 17 years, 188 days – is well placed to capture a third title inside less than a year since he turned professional, a victory that would promote him into the top 15 in the world.

“Even if it wasn’t as windy as yesterday, it wasn’t easy to score,” Manassero said. “I haven’t played as well as yesterday but I still shot under par, which is important on a course like this.”

The projected cut is at 5 over, ending the tournament for Masters champion Charl Schwartzel (12 over) and British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen (8 over). U.S. Open champ Graeme McDowell (5 over) and PGA Championship holder Martin Kaymer (3 over) are set to squeeze into the weekend.

Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter double bogeyed the last in a 74 to be level par, and then launched an attack on a course he had previously avoided in 2008 and ’09 due to a dislike of the greens.

“I decided to continue my love affair with this golf course on the last,” he said sarcastically. “We are trying to land it on a dining room table from 230 yards out. You miss your target, yeah, I think it’s a little unfair. I’ve walked off the golf course and I’m absolutely headless, absolutely fuming.

“It’s now turning into a very, very difficult golf course and I’ve got to say, it’s not fun golf.”

Asked if he would play in the event next year, Poulter said: “Who knows? I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’ve got no idea. I’ll speak freely – many others may not.”

Els defended the course as a major championship-style layout. 

“Wentworth is now a fair and honest test of golf,” he said. “I believe you will not find better surfaces to putt on anywhere in the world at the moment, but unfortunately you only hear the negative comments and very little positive. This course is by no means unfair.”

Poulter’s criticisms were shared by playing partner Paul Casey of England, who shot a 71 to sit at 1 over.

“I think (owner) Richard Caring, from what I’ve heard, was perhaps wanting something like level par to win. Well he might get that but does that make it entertaining?” Casey said.

“One of the beautiful things about Wentworth is always the great finish and the fact that guys could finish with maybe four threes (two birdies, two eagles) and shoot up that leaderboard. It’s very, very difficult now.' 

Two-time major champion John Daly became the fourth player to pull out of the event, retiring after 14 holes citing a hip injury. His withdrawal and Anthony Kang missing the cut leaves no Americans left in the field.

Jose Maria Olazabal (back), Paul Waring (hand) and Robert-Jan Derksen (rib) withdrew in the opening round.

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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.

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