Gonzalez early leader at Spanish Open

By Associated PressApril 29, 2010, 10:51 pm

2009 European TourSEVILLE, Spain – Ricardo Gonzalez set a hot early morning pace in the first round of the Open De Espana with a 7-under 65 on Thursday.

Paul Waring of England was a stroke behind Gonzalez, a 40-year-old Argentine who’s achieved two of his four European Tour victories Spain. He also has a taste for the Real Club de Golf de Seville, having won the Seville Open in 2004.

Top Sports storiesMascot collides with cop “The rough here is very thick this year,” said Gonzalez, who had eight birdies and one bogey during his round. “It’s like a U.S. Open setup. Sometimes you can only hit the ball 50 yards forward … But the key to my round was driving. I only went in the rough three times.”

Among a group of six players tied for third after rounds of 68 were Sebi Garcia of Spain, who was making his debut on the European Tour almost in defiance of golfing opinion.

The 28-year-old from Mallorca was born with a spinal deformity and cannot swing the club with the full freedom usually demanded by the sport at the highest level. Yet his natural talent has been evident ever since he shot a 58 on Spain’s National pro tour in 2009.

“My back is a problem and I have to take care of it,” Garcia said. “And I was nervous playing at this level for the first time, so I was really pleased with that score.”

Waring, the former English Amateur champion from Liverpool, shot his 6-under 66 despite having his travel arrangement to Spain being disrupted by the volcano in Iceland. After the China Open, he was stranded in the United Arab Emirates and reached Seville on Wednesday.

“It was a bit of worry because the first scheduled flight that I could get booked on out of Dubai was on May 1, but then fortunately I managed to get a plane earlier,” he said.

European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie was set to open with a 2-under 70 until he three-putted the ninth, his last hold of the day. The Scot’s concentration was broken by loud pop music from the nearby tented village and, although he was told it had been turned down, he vented his fury on tournament director Miguel Vidaor.

“Should never have happened in the first place,” shouted Montgomerie, before adding with an expletive deleted: “Is this a party or a golf tournament?”

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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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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