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In Gee Chun leads Lincicome, Martin in Canada

By Associated PressAugust 26, 2017, 12:08 am

OTTAWA, Ontario – In Gee Chun took the lead Friday in the Canadian Pacific Women's Open, and Canadian star Brooke Henderson did just enough to stick around for the weekend at Ottawa Hunt.

Chun closed with a birdie on the par-5 ninth for her second straight 4-under 67, giving the South Korean player a two-stroke lead over Americans Mo Martin, Brittany Lincicome and Marina Alex.

''I really like playing in Canada, so just enjoy everything,'' Chun said. ''I was surprised how many people came out here. I know Canadian people like the sport. I really like it and appreciate it.''

Henderson, the 19-year-old fan favorite from nearby Smiths Falls, followed her opening 74 with a 69 to make the cut on the number at 1 over.

''I know everybody's out here looking to support me, to cheer me on,'' Henderson said. ''I know they're all on my side. I just want to perform to the best of my abilities. I was a little disappointed yesterday after the way I played. Early in the round today I was as well. But I was able to turn it around. I knew they were right behind me the whole way.''

Also closing on the front nine, she rebounded from a bogey on the par-3 eighth with a birdie on No. 9.

''To bogey 8 was really unfortunate, and I knew I needed something special on No. 9,'' Henderson said. ''So, I'm really happy I was able to hit the green in two and take a little bit of pressure off myself, kind of ease the nerves a little bit. It was just a two-putt to finish.''

Chun had five birdies and a bogey to reach 8 under.

''I really enjoy the course,'' Chun said. ''The conditions are really good here.''

Both of her LPGA victories have come in majors - the 2015 U.S. Women's Open and the 2016 Evian Championship. She has four runner-up finishes this season, including a playoff loss to Ariya Jutanugarn in June in the Manulife Classic in Cambridge, Ontario.

''I made a lot of seconds this year, but I think it was a good memory for me and good experience,'' Chun said. ''I think I'm ready to win.''

Martin birdied four of the last four holes for a 67.

''Super-solid finish,'' Martin said. ''It's nice that things are coming together. I think I've been playing better than I've been scoring this summer, so nice to see those things connect.''

Lincicome birdied the par-5 18th for her second straight 68.

''The course is great,'' said Lincicome, coming off the United States' Solheim Cup victory in Iowa. ''The greens weren't as soft as yesterday afternoon, so we tried to take advantage of that as much as possible. But the course is in great condition. It's so green, the fairways are so perfect. The greens are perfect. Everything is awesome.''

Alex, the first-round leader, had a 70.

''Definitely was a little tougher ball-striking today,'' Alex said. ''Just didn't feel like I got into a good flow, but I managed the round really well.''

Top-ranked So Yeon Ryu, the 2014 winner at London Hunt, had a 68 to get to 5 under along with Cristie Kerr (67), Stacy Lewis (68), Nicole Broch Larsen (68), Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong (69) and Holly Clyburn (70). Michelle Wie was 3 under after a 68.

Three-time champion Lydia Ko and defending champion Jutanugarn missed the cut. Ko had rounds of 70 and 75, dropping three strokes in two late holes with a double bogey and a bogey. Jutanugarn shot 76-78, making eight bogeys and only one birdie Friday.

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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.


Playing with the pros

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup


Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

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Cart on the green


Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green


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


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Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open


Trump golf properties

Vandalism

Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

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Finances


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers


Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover


Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up


Pros comment on the president

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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

Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.