Goosen trails by one at S. African Open

By Associated PressNovember 25, 2011, 4:58 pm

JOHANNESBURG – Steven O’Hara held a one-shot lead from Retief Goosen and Merrick Bremner at the halfway mark of the South African Open on Friday.

O’Hara holed four birdies in a bogey-free second round of 4-under 68 for the Scot to head into the weekend on 11 under at the Serengeti Golf Club. He needs a top-four finish at the tournament to save his European Tour card next season.

Goosen showed signs he has shrugged off his niggling back problem with five birdies and just one bogey as the two-time champion hit a 68. Bremner had the same score after he birdied three of his last five holes to move to 10 under alongside Goosen.

Defending champion Ernie Els shot a second successive 69 for a share of 14th place at 6 under.

O’Hara, 31, kept his nerve in windy conditions and on fast, testing greens – and with his immediate tour future in the balance – to retain the lead he shared with South Africa’s Jbe Kruger on Thursday.

He had birdies at Nos. 2, 11, 16 and 17 for a one-stroke advantage ahead of the biggest weekend of his year.

“You look at the guys behind me like Retief Goosen, they can score really low and I’ve still got 36 holes left,” O’Hara said. “I’ll keep doing what I’m doing and trusting my swing and if I’m in a position to win on Sunday then so be it. Otherwise, hopefully I’ll get a top three or four finish.”

Runner-up to Els in 2010, Goosen birdied his first two holes but dropped a shot at the par-5 No. 4. He responded with another three birdies, including one on the last where he coolly rolled in his putt for a 10-under two-round total of 134.

Having spent months struggling with back problems, Goosen is in contention for a first tournament win since early 2009.

“I can only see the greens getting tougher and that will make the scoring harder,” he said. “But the tougher it gets the better. When it becomes a grind, that’s the way I like it.”

Bremner jumped into a tie for second after a tumultuous finish at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Serengeti, where he followed a bogey at No. 12 with a double-bogey six at No. 13 and then birdies at Nos. 14, 15 and 18.

South African duo Garth Mulroy and Lyle Rowe are two strokes off the lead in a tie for 4th on 9 under. Rowe was the day’s biggest mover with his 6-under 66, which included an eagle and six birdies as well as two dropped shots.

Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger (68) and another Scot, Lloyd Saltman (68), are two of only three non-home players in the top 13 alongside O’Hara. The pair are part of a six-way tie for eighth.

Els had two birdies, then two bogeys, then two more birdies in an up-and-down opening six holes. The five-time South African Open winner had just one more birdie and eight pars coming home to lie five shots off the lead.

Denmark’s Thomas Norret (69), Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (70), English pair Simon Wakefield (67) andGraeme Storm (68), and former Ryder Cup player Phillip Price of Wales (70) were all alongside Els at 6 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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Rory faces criticism

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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

Vandalism

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Finances


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

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Reportedly fake TIME covers


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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.