Furyk chasing FedEx Cup lead in WVa

By Associated PressJuly 29, 2010, 1:08 am

Greenbrier ClassicWHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – Carl Pettersson felt as if someone had turned back the clock when he arrived at West Virginia’s historic Greenbrier resort.

There’s the white facade of the regal hotel, quaint cottages, horses towing carriages along tree-lined streets, and the Sam Snead’s personal playground – the 96-year-old Old White golf course.

“It feels like you’re going back to the ’50s or something when you pull in,” Pettersson said Wednesday. “The golf course is a throwback, I think. This is a hidden gem.”

Pettersson hopes to relive some of his own memories from his Canadian Open win when he tees off Thursday in the Greenbrier Classic.

Pettersson shot 60 in the third round at St. George’s in Toronto last week and came from six strokes down with 11 holes left for his fourth PGA Tour win.

Now comes Old White, which has six par 4s at 405 yards or less and rough that isn’t as thick as St. George’s, leading Pettersson and others to believe the winning score could reach 20 under par or better.

“The momentum is great,” Pettersson said. “But in this game, I know it can change from day to day.”

The field for the Greenbrier Classic isn’t as strong as other tournaments – only three of the top 10 money leaders are entered – and some golfers believe those who aren’t here were reluctant to commit to a new tournament.

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A win this week at the Greenbrier Classic would put Furyk atop the FedEx Cup rankings. (Getty Images)
That could be a bonus for Jim Furyk, who’s fifth in the FedExCup points standings and with a win could leap past Ernie Els into the top spot with four weeks remaining until the playoffs.

“To win and vault to No. 1 and basically be cemented in one of those top three spots for sure is a bonus,” said Furyk, who won earlier this year at Hilton Head and the Transitions Championship. “It’s a big head start to be seeded well. But first and foremost it would be great to have a three-win season. I’ve never done it.”

The PGA Tour returns to The Greenbrier for the first time since Snead, the resort’s pro for 29 years and its pro emeritus from 1993 until his death in 2002, won the Greenbrier Invitational in 1958.

The resort’s rich golf history dates to when President Woodrow Wilson was one of the first to play Old White when it opened in 1914.

The 1979 Ryder Cup, a Champions Tour event from 1985-87 and the 1994 women’s Solheim Cup were held on the adjacent Greenbrier course.

The resort lost its coveted Mobil five-star rating in 2000. A year ago, West Virginia businessman Jim Justice bought it out of bankruptcy and vowed to restore its shine.

Soon after, PGA Tour official Slugger White, whose friendship with Justice goes back to their boyhood summers playing golf from dawn to dusk in Beckley, called when he heard Justice bought the resort.

“It was really thought of as Emerald City to both of us,” Justice said.

Then the subject of returning professional golf came up. A few months later, the Greenbrier Classic was unveiled, replacing the Buick Open on this year’s schedule.

Justice was only getting started.

He teamed up with former NBA and West Virginia University star Jerry West to open a steakhouse and earlier this month Justice debuted an $80 million underground casino on the property.

This week, besides the $6 million purse and $1.08 million share that goes to the winner, Justice is offering $1 million for any hole-in-one made on the par-3 18th hole, with $750,000 going to charity and players making the ace getting the rest. There would be a maximum of three payouts per round.

In addition, fans carrying hole-in-one tickets on No. 18 will receive $100 for the first ace, $500 for a second one on the same day and $1,000 for a third.

Whether that happens remains to be seen. The 18th green includes a large ridge in the middle that Stuart Appleby compared to a giant boomerang.

It’s one of many undulating putting surfaces that figure to take some golfers on wild rides. The par-3 third green practically disappears from view from the tees.

“No. 3, you could park your car in it and not even see it,” Johnson Wagner said.

Cross bunkers in the fairways also could get in the way of scoring.

Most of the field hadn’t seen the 7,031-yard, par-70 Old White before arriving this week.

“Whoever plays the best is still going to win,” Pettersson said. “I don’t know if it levels the playing field or not. It probably rewards a more aggressive player.”

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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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