Karlsson wins Dubai World Championship

By Associated PressNovember 28, 2010, 6:15 pm

2009 European TourDUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Sweden’s Robert Karlsson won the Dubai World Championship Sunday, defeating third-round leader Ian Poulter in a two-way playoff after a bizarre marking blunder by the Englishman on the final hole.

Karlsson calmly rolled in a birdie putt on the second playoff hole after Poulter was given a one-stroke penalty for dropping his ball on his marker on the green, causing it to flip over and move from its original position.

Poulter spotted his error and reported it to the match referee, whose ruling left him with a long putt for par instead of a birdie. The putt came up a foot short, taking all the pressure off Karlsson. He then had two shots to clinch the victory in the season-ending $7.5 million tournament.

The 41-year-old Karlsson needed just one shot to secure his second European Tour victory this year and his 11th tour victory of his career. The former European No. 1 said this was one of his biggest victories of his career and one of the most lucrative, earning $1.25 million.

It was Karlsson’s third straight birdie on the 18th green, having caught up to Poulter on his last hole in regulation when his approach shot landed within a few feet of the pin. He rolled that in to close with a 5-under 67 and a 14-under total of 274.

Karlsson was aware of the penalty before Poulter putted, and said he would prefer not won in that fashion.

“These things happen in golf. It’s not the way you want to win,” he said. “The rules are there for a reason but some of them can be tough.”

Poulter had a birdie putt for the victory at the 18th but missed it to force the playoff, where both players birdied the first hole.

Karlsson led after the first round but followed it up with a 75 on Friday to seemingly fall out of contention. But he recovered with consecutive rounds of 67, and started Sunday with consecutive birdies. His second shot on the par-4 third landed on the green and rolled in for an eagle.

He had two more birdies on the back nine before a fine approach shot almost hit the pin on the 18th, spun back and landed within a few feet of the hole.

Poulter came into the final round seemingly in control, with a two shot lead over Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee and fellow Englishman Ross Fisher. He had the momentum, having won last week’s Hong Kong Open.

He struggled on the first nine with a bogey and only one birdie. But the 34-year-old settled down on the back nine, scoring consecutive birdies and making two pressure par putts on the 16th and 17th holes.

But with the title on the line, he couldn’t sink a birdie putt on the 18th and struggled in the playoff.

Given the star-studded leaderboard that included the likes of No. 1-Lee Westwood, Karlsson’s heroics came as a bit of a surprise. He came into the tournament admitting his confidence was not high, following outings in Singapore where he finished 115th and before that 34th in China.

Still, he said Thursday that he felt the course suited him and that he was starting to hit the ball well. He also said he finally had put his medical problems behind him, after suffering a bout of glandular fever in the spring that kept him out two months and a debilitating eye problem last year. He said he has been fit since June.

“I would say probably Memphis was the tournament I felt where I really started feeling good, but obviously it’s a bit of a buildup, and especially being off for a while and not playing that great for a while,” he said. “So the more often you are there, the more calm you are under the circumstances.”

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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

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

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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.