Kaymer takes three-shot lead at Abu Dhabi Championship

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2011, 8:35 pm
2009 European TourABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Germany’s Martin Kaymer moved into contention for a third Abu Dhabi Golf Championship title after opening a three-shot halfway lead on Friday.

On an unusually gloomy and wet day at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club’s National course, Kaymer shot a 7-under 65 to reach 12-under 132 after two rounds. Overnight leader Charl Schwartzel of South Africa added a 71 to his opening-round 64 and is second at 135.

U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell was third, a shot behind Schwartzel after a battling round of 70.

Ireland’s three-time major winner, Padraig Harrington, was second on the opening day after a round of 65 but was disqualified after a television viewer e-mailed European Tour officials to report an infraction. Harrington failed to replace a ball that had moved a fraction of an inch when he picked up his marker during Thursday’s first round.

Masters champion Phil Mickelson shot one better than his opening-round 71 and was nine shots off the pace.

The second round was halted Friday with three groups still out on the course when play was suspended because of poor light, but England’s Ian Poulter and Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, both at 1-over 145 look set to miss the cut, expected to fall at even-par 144.

Kaymer shot a bogey-free round, going out in 31 and adding two more birdies on the back nine. He wasn’t hitting the ball well, but made up for his inconsistency off the tee with strong putting.

Kaymer, who could move past Tiger Woods into second in the rankings with a win, said: “I think I had a very good day. I made early birdies and was 5 under par for the front nine, which gave me the hope and the belief that I can play well again.

“My ball striking was OK. I missed a few drives hit it way left twice on the eighth and way right on the 10th. So it was spraying a little bit, but my putting always was consistent and good. And if your short game is sharp, you can get a little bit more confidence than usual.”

Mickelson said he used a new putter in the second round and was finally happy with the way he putted on the back nine.

“I tried something new. I needed to do some something different. I made a couple on the back, but I’m still leaving a lot of shots out there. The greens are in perfect shape and they are really rolling nice. But today on the back nine, I made three or four of them and it felt good,” Mickelson said.

“I’m hitting some pretty good shots, so I’m not displeased. I’m encouraged. These are the first two rounds of the year, and I feel like I’ve been hitting the ball fairly well. And I just need to get a low score, because the only thing that matters is shooting a low number.”

The 'Golf Central' crew takes a look at the rules infraction which resulted in Padraig Harrington's disqualification from the Abu Dhabi Championship.

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It was the second time that Harrington has been disqualified from a tournament. In May 2000 at the Benson and Hedges International at the Belfry, England, Harrington led by five shots after three rounds but had failed to sign his first-round card and was disqualified on Sunday morning.

Harrington’s disqualification is the latest to be sparked by a viewer.

Two weeks ago, Camilo Villegas was disqualified from the Tournament of Champions after a viewer pointed out that he had swatted away loose pieces of grass while his attempted chip up a slope rolled back toward him – removing objects that could have influenced the movement of the ball.

Villegas handled the disqualification with grace but not all golfers were happy. Ian Poulter, who lost a playoff at the Dubai World Championship after being penalized for dropping the ball on his marker, wasn’t so kind.

“An armchair official tweeted in to get Camilo DQ, what is wrong with people have they got nothing better to do,” he tweeted back then. “Yes, the rules r the rules it was a mistake on Camilo’s behalf, he didn’t know he had done wrong, but people calling in, no 1 likes a snitch.”

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

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.

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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.

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