Four players tied for lead at Hong Kong Open

By Associated PressNovember 13, 2009, 12:15 pm

HONG KONG (AP)—Liang Wenchong shot a bogey-free 5-under 65 Friday to move intoa four-way tie for the lead after the second round of the Hong Kong Open.

Liang, the first Chinese player to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit, madefive birdies at the Hong Kong Golf Club to move to 9-under 131. Charl Schwartzel (66) also had five birdies after a bogey on the first hole, while Gregory Bourdy shot a 67 and Robert-Jan Derksen had a 68 to claim a share of the lead.

“I’m in a good position and I know that the next two days will becrucial,” the 31-year-old Liang said. “If I continue to play as well as I’vebeen doing the past two days, this will be a very good week for me.”

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Derksen, who was 7 under on Thursday, turned in a mixed performance Fridaywith six birdies, two bogeys and a double-bogey.

“You can’t shoot 63 every day, so I’m pleased with the score,” theDutchman said, noting the colder weather.

Rory Sabbatini (67) and Chinnarat Phadungsil (66) were one stroke behind theleaders, and Udorn Duangdecha squandered his overnight lead by shooting 4 overin the second round, dropping into a tie for 34th at 4 under.

PGA Championship winner Y.E. Yang briefly held the clubhouse lead aftershooting a 67 to bring him to 7 under. Asia’s first major winner finished theday tied for seventh with defending champion Lin Wen-tang of Taiwan (69), DannyChia (66), David Dixon (69) and Scott Strange (65).

Rory McIlroy outpaced his chief rival for the European Tour money title, LeeWestwood . McIlroy had three birdies and a bogey, while Westwood only managed a70 to fall farther back to 34th, where he’s tied with 2003 British Open championBen Curtis (72) and seven others.

Westwood said he was having trouble adjusting to the course in his Hong Kongdebut.

“These greens are a complete mystery to me,” the Englishman said. “Can’tpick a line, can’t get the speed. Just at a massive disadvantage here being myfirst time here.”

Westwood currently holds a slender lead over McIlroy in the Race to Dubaicompetition, with Hong Kong the final stop before the season-ending championshipthat carries a bonus pool of $7.5 million. Liang and Derksen are looking tosecure berths in Dubai, which is limited to the top 60 players on the money listafter the $2.5 million Hong Kong tournament. The Chinese is currently No. 60 andthe Dutchman is No. 78.

Eight-time European Tour Order of Merit winner Colin Montgomerie just madethe cut after shooting a 69 to move to 2 under overall. But 1998 Masters andBritish Open champion Mark O’Meara fell out of contention after shooting a5-over 75, as did defending European Tour Order of Merit winner Robert Karlsson (69) and Oliver Wilson (72).

The Hong Kong Open is co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours.

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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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Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm