Golf Greats Battle in Florida

By Associated PressMay 11, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Boeing ChampionshipDESTIN, Fla. -- After winning three straight Champions Tour events to begin the season, Loren Roberts showed up early to the Boeing Championship for some extra practice, hoping to regain his putting stroke.
Roberts, who decided last Friday to play here, arrived at the Raven Golf Club on Tuesday to meet mentor Jim Suttie for some advice on his short game.
'I think it's the first time I've ever taken a putting lesson,' said Roberts, who leads the Champions Tour in earnings with just under a $1 million this year. 'I'm going through a little valley right now and I'm trying to work my way back up again.'
Now in his second year on the tour for players who have reached their 50th birthday, Roberts also leads in the points competition and can pad his advantage over Jay Haas, who is skipping this week's event.
'That figured into my decision,' Roberts said. 'I figured I'd better get back to work.'
Brad Bryant, who won his second tour event of the season last week in Hoover, Ala., with a bogey-free 17-under 199, said he's not as comfortable on the Raven layout.
'This golf course does not suit me nearly as good,' said Bryant, who overtook Mark McNulty on the final three holes last week.
Peter Jacobsen, who now lives in Bonita Springs, played in Thursday's pro-am and predicted some high scores for the weekend.
'The player that wins here will have played some great golf this week,' Jacobsen said. 'If you miss the fairway, you've got trouble. (And) the greens are very difficult.'
Twenty-six of the 30 leading money winners on the Champions Tour are playing at the $1.6 million, 54-hole event that begins Friday and is being played for the first time at the 6,931-yard course at Sandestin Resort.
Ray Floyd, Hale Irwin, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson and a pair of popular 70-year-olds -- Chi Chi Rodriguez and Gary Player -- are in the field along with defending champion Jim Thorpe, who took last year's event when he sank a 4 1/2 -foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole to beat Morris Hatalasky at the Moors Golf Club in nearby Milton.
Tim Simpson, a four-time winner on the PGA TOUR who never won a TOUR event aftter being diagnosed with Lyme disease in 1991, is making his first appearance on the Champions circuit. He turned 50 last Saturday.
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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.

    Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

    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

    Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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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

    Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

    Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

    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

    Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

    Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

    Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

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    Trump golf properties


    Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

    Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


    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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    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.