A. Jutanugarn leads by 2 in Canada; Ko, Henderson well back

By Associated PressAugust 27, 2016, 10:48 pm

PRIDDIS, Alberta - Ariya Jutanugarn missed a chance to take a big lead into the final round of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open, making two late bogeys Saturday at Priddis Greens.

A week after withdrawing from the Rio Olympics because of a left knee injury, the 20-year-old Thai player bogeyed the par-4 16th and par-5 18th for a 5-under 67.

''Feeling good,'' Jutanugarn said. ''I mean, I had two bogeys the last three holes, but I still shot 5 under, so it's still good.

At 17-under 199, she had a two-stroke advantage over South Korea's In Gee Chun.

''I keep the eye on me,'' Jutanugarn said. ''I'm not really care like who the leader is, like what I say yesterday. I really want to play my game and be happy on the course.''

Jutanugarn won the Women's British Open in the event before the Olympics to tie Lydia Ko for the LPGA Tour victory lead with four. After a late meltdown in the major ANA Inspiration in April, Jutanugarn picked up the nickname ''May'' with three straight victories in the breakthrough month.

''After I won my first tournament, I kind of know how I play under pressure, so I know when I get really excited what I have to do,'' Jutanugarn said.

Hitting 2-iron and 3-wood off the tee on the driving holes, Jutanugarn had seven birdies in an 11-hole stretch Saturday on the tree-lined layout.

Chun shot a 66.

''I could see the putting lines very well,'' said Chun, the 2015 U.S. Women's Open champion. ''I was so good at rolling the ball on those lines, and I made really good up-and-downs today. Those really got my game going.''

South Korea's Sei Young Kim and Northern Ireland's Stephanie Meadow were 12 under. Kim had a 68, and Meadow shot 69.

''Hitting fairways is key,'' said Meadow, a former Alabama player. ''The rough is pretty penal, especially with the greens being so firm, so if you can hit the fairways there's a lot of wedges into holes here, and if you can kind of dial in your yardages, you're going to make some birdies.''

Three-time champion Ko was tied for 10th at 10 under, and Canadian star Brooke Henderson was nine strokes back at 8 under.

''I hit the ball really solid and I gave myself so many looks at birdies, but really not one of them dropped,'' Ko said after a 70. ''When you're having those kind of days, it's really hard for you to go low. It was a little bit of a struggle with the putter.''

Ko won the event three of the last four years, the first two as an amateur. The 19-year-old New Zealander won in 2012 at Vancouver Golf Club at 15 years, 4 months to become the LPGA Tour's youngest winner and fifth amateur champion. She successfully defended her title in 2013, winning by five strokes in Edmonton. Last year back at Vancouver as a pro, she beat Stacy Lewis in a playoff.

Henderson shot her second straight 68 after opening with a rain-delayed 72.

''I felt way better today, and I think feeling the energy from my massive crowds has definitely really helped that,'' the 18-year-old Henderson said. ''Through bad shots and good shots, they're supporting me and giving me a little bit of extra energy and positive vibes. That's really helped me the last two days.''

Henderson beat Ko in a playoff in June in the KPMG Women's PGA Championship for her first major title, and successfully defended her Cambia Portland Classic title last month.

Alena Sharp topped the five Canadians to make the cut in the national championship, shooting a 67 to move into a tie for fifth at 11 under with Sweden's Anna Nordqvist (66), South Korea's Ha Na Jang (67), Amy Yang (68) and Chella Choi (69).

''Started off kind of ugly,'' Sharp said. ''I was not hitting it well the first nine holes, but I hung in there. I think that's something that's gotten better with my game is when it's not good, I realize, 'OK, just keep grinding away, it's going to change.''' And the last six holes were great.''

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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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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Finances


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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.