Foster leads in Scotland despite fog and wasps

By Associated PressAugust 25, 2011, 7:24 pm

GLENEAGLES, Scotland – England’s Mark Foster put himself in another great position to break an eight-year tournament drought by grabbing the clubhouse lead in the first round of the Johnnie Walker Championship at foggy Gleneagles on Thursday.

Playing only his second tournament in seven weeks, Foster acknowledged feeling “under-golfed” coming to Perthshire but rolled in eight birdies in a 6-under 66 on the PGA Centenary course – the venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup.

Four of them came in successive holes on Nos. 11-14, as he turned in 30 after starting on No. 10. Although he made a couple of bogeys coming home, Foster did enough to claim a one-shot overnight cushion over Spain’s Ignacio Garrido and Argentina’s Tano Goya.

The start of play was delayed by more than 2 1/2 hours because of thick fog, with early starters not able to see further than 50 meters. That meant 51 players – including Colin Montgomerie and Jose Maria Olazabal, Ryder Cup captains past and present – were unable to complete their rounds, and will do so early Friday.

Foster has held the lead, or a share of the lead, at various stages of three tournaments this season – the French Open, the BMW International Open and the Scottish Open – but never managed to back up his win at the 2003 Dunhill Championship in South Africa.

By quickly mastering the greens in Gleneagles, Foster is firmly in the frame again this week.

“That could have been a special first nine holes because I three-putted the par-5 No. 16,” said Foster, who is likely to make the Britain & Ireland team for next month’s Vivendi Seve Trophy in Paris.

“I just have a bit more belief in myself this year. It sounds strange but I have stopped trying to win. I’ve stopped pitching up on a Tuesday thinking about winning – I just want to be the best I can for the week.”

Foster was among a number of players affected by swarms of wasps and hover flies across the course.

“Two of the three (in his group) backed off before every shot,” he said.

Both Garrido, playing in the group in front of Foster, and Goya made six birdies in solid rounds to lie a stroke ahead of Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn, Ireland’s Peter Lawrie and Chile’s Felipe Aguilar, who were level in fourth place on 4 under.

Italy’s Francesco Molinari – at No. 22, the highest-ranked player in the 156-man field – was among a group of 19 players in the clubhouse on 2 under but his older brother, defending champion Edoardo Molinari, shot a disappointing 74.

Ross Fisher, who along with the Molinari brothers is the other 2010 Ryder Cup star competing in central Scotland, had one of the more eventful rounds of the day.

Hindered by a triple-bogey 8 at the long No. 16, Fisher – who started at No. 10 – turned in 40 but came home in 31 to finish on 1 under.

“I played one bad shot all round but I was 5 over after seven holes,” said the Englishman. “If you’d have told me on No. 17 that I’d shoot 1 under, I’d have thought you were having a laugh.”

England’s Nick Dougherty, at one time regarded among the brightest hopes in British golf, is bidding to make the cut for the first time in 21 events but a quadruple-bogey 7 at the short No. 6 didn’t help his cause after a good start.

Dougherty, who is yet to make any money from golf this season and is in danger of losing his European Tour playing rights, finished on 4 over – 10 shots off the pace.

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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 halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

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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