Forsman maintains lead in Texas

By Associated PressOctober 18, 2009, 3:24 am

Champions TourTHE WOODLANDS, Texas – Dan Forsman remained in position for his second Champions Tour victory of the year, shooting a 1-under 71 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead in the Administaff Small Business Classic.

Forsman had a 9-under 135 total on The Woodlands Country Club’s Tournament Course. Jay Haas (66), Gene Jones (67) and Mark Wiebe (69) were tied for second, and Tom Watson (68), Bob Tway (70) and John Cook (72) followed at 7 under.

Forsman, who had six straight birdies in his opening 64, started steady Saturday, birdieing Nos. 4, 6 and 9 to reach 11 under and pull three shots ahead. With the wind swirling and greens drying, he faltered on the back nine with three bogeys and only one birdie.

“I’m a little disappointed by the way things came apart on the back nine, but I feel good about what I’ve done,” Forsman said. “It’s different from the lead than it is coming from the pack.”

A five-time winner on the PGA Tour, Forsman acknowledged being nervous and humming songs to himself on the last several holes, trying to relax.

“It’s a great opportunity,” he said. “It shouldn’t feel like this weight is on your back. But it comes with leading the golf tournament.”

Forsman is in his first full year on the Champions Tour and won his first title in March in his 12th start, but this is the first time he has taken the lead into the final round. He has already earned more than $1 million and has 18 top-25 finishes in 20 starts, including seven top-10s.

Haas, six shots back after the first round, had a bogey-free 6-under 66 – the day’s low round. He has won his last two events on the tour, the Greater Hickory Classic and Senior Players Championship.

“Today I gave myself more chances,” Haas said. “My irons were closer to the hole and I got off to a really good start… It made it a little more comfortable to play.”

Jones started the day five shots back. He was 3 under for the day after six holes, including a 22-footer for birdie at No. 3, then birdied Nos. 11 and 12.

“Those are the kind of birdies you don’t forget,” he said about a 50-footer at 11 and a chip-in from 10 yards off the green at 12.

He finished with six pars.

Jones has been close several times this year, with three runner-up finishes, the most recent a month ago at Pebble Beach. In 20 starts, he has seven top-10s and 15 top- 25s, pocketing more than $1 million. Last year, his first on the circuit, he finished second in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race, but his first victory has remained elusive.

“Winning is a matter of doing exactly what I did today, making a 50-footer, chip one in,” Jones said. “That’s what it’s all about.

“To win out here against these guys … winning would mean the world to me, but you can’t go out there with that attitude. You’ve got to go into it as another round of golf and let the chips fall where they may.”

For years, the course was the home of the PGA Tour’s Houston Open. The last time Forsman held a tournament lead going into the final round was at The Woodlands in 1998. He tied for sixth.

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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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