Goodes up by two in Champions Tour event

By Associated PressJune 1, 2012, 10:41 pm

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Mike Goodes opened the Principal Charity Classic by sticking all of his approaches next to the cup and tapping in for easy birdies.

Knowing such good fortune was unlikely to last, Goodes put it out of his mind and finished Friday's opening round of the Principal Charity Classic nearly as well as he started it.

Goodes shot a 7-under 64 to take a two-shot lead at Glen Oaks Country Club. Jay Haas, who won in Iowa in 2007 and 2008, leads a group at 5-under 66 that includes South African David Frost and former Masters champion Larry Mize.

Goodes opened his round with four straight birdies. He nearly had two more on Nos. 5 and 6 and he closed with back-to-back birdies on the 17th and 18th holes. Goodes shot a 30 on the front nine and matched his lowest overall score on the Champions Tour.

''Just tried to play after that because you know you don't want to start thinking about how good you are after four (holes),'' Goodes said. ''You're not going to finish too good then.''

Goodes, whose only Champions Tour win came at the Allianz Championship in 2009, stumbled to a bogey on No. 7 before racking up back-to-back birdies.

Goodes and Larry Nelson, who were playing in the same group, went to No. 18 tied at 6 under. But Goodes watched Nelson hit a strong putt that shot past the hole en route to a bogey, which helped him judge his try well enough to sink it from above the hole at just under 20 feet.

''It's like a great shooter in basketball. It's my day, and you just keep shooting and think you're going to make everything,'' Goodes said. ''You're seeing putts go in the hole, there's no reason to think the next one's not going to go.''

Haas struggled in his previous two tournaments, tying for 29th at last week's Senior PGA Championship. But he had a 69 in his last round at Harbor Shores in Michigan and he carried it over into Friday.

Haas needed just 23 putts in the opening round, a welcome change of pace after struggling recently on the greens.

''Kind of a product of just working at it a little bit. Hit more solid putts and made some nice mid-range putts,'' Haas said. ''My pace was good on my putts.''

Graham Marsh, 68, scored the tournament's first hole-in-one since 2006 when he aced the 203-yard second hole. Marsh, who also had a hole-in-one on a different hole during a pro-am earlier in the week, blew his good fortune with three bogeys and a double-bogey on the final seven holes and finished at 2 over.

''That's an amazing thing when you think about it,'' Marsh said. ''I don't know if I've ever heard of three in one week, but I've still got three days to achieve it haven't I?''

Fuzzy Zoeller and John Harris both aced the 16th hole back in 2006.

Defending champion Bob Gilder opened with a 70. Gilder won at Glen Oaks for the second time in 2011 with a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole as Mark Brooks three-putted for bogey.

Brooks, whose bogey on the notoriously difficult par-4 17th hole precipitated his downfall last year, made par on that one Friday en route to a solid 67.

Tom Lehman, Mark Calcavecchia and Kenny Perry were part of an impressive group at 3 under.

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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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Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green

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

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Trump golf properties


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Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

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Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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Pros comment on the president

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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.