Langer goes for three Champions Tour majors

By Associated PressAugust 19, 2010, 4:35 am

SUNRIVER, Ore. – Bernhard Langer has a chance to join rare company on the Champions Tour.

The Jeld-Wen Tradition begins Thursday in central Oregon and Langer is going after his third consecutive Champions’ major at the Tradition, the tour’s fourth of five majors this year.

Earlier this summer, Langer won the Senior British Open and U.S. Senior Open on consecutive weeks.

Gary Player is the only player in Champions Tour history to win three consecutive majors. He won the final two of 1987 (Players, U.S. Senior Open), and the first major of 1988 (Senior PGA).

A victory at Sunriver’s Crosswater Club would have Langer joining Jack Nicklaus as the only player to win three majors in a single season. In 1991, Nicklaus won the Senior PGA, Senior Open and Tradition.

“I’m coming in here obviously trying to win and play as well as I can. I’m not coming in to break records,” Langer said.

Perhaps the Champions Tour record book isn’t incentive, but this may be: a berth on Europe’s Ryder Cup team. Europe captain Colin Montgomerie recently said he was considering the 53-year-old Langer as one of his captain’s picks.

“If he gives me a call and he think I’m the one he wants on the team to strengthen the team, then I will most likely be ready to go and be excited about it,” said Langer, whose last Ryder Cup competition was 2002. “If he feels he has three guys that are better than me, I’ll accept that, too.”

Langer, who tied for 17th and seventh in his previous two Tradition appearances at Crosswater, wasn’t certain about the state of his game. Langer said he spent most of last week resting, recovering from an illness.

A field of 68, including 39 of this season’s top 40 money-winners, will challenge Langer for the Tradition’s first prize of $392,000. The only prominent player missing is Fred Couples, ranked second behind Langer in the Champions Tour’s Charles Schwab Cup standings. Couples opted to play in this week’s PGA Tour event, the Wyndham Championship.

“Bernhard has done very well, but to me, there’s quite a large group of players out here who are capable,” said Tom Lehman, who won the Champions’ other major, the Senior PGA Championship. “Bernhard has won three (actually, four) times, but has probably played 14 or 15 tournaments, so he’s not winning everything.”

The Tradition field includes defending champion Mike Reid, and three players who have been prominent in three previous Traditions at Crosswater in Tom Watson, Fred Funk and Loren Roberts.

Funk won the 2008 tournament and finished eighth and 11th in the other two. Watson and Roberts finished among the top seven during the past three Traditions.

Crosswater Club is the longest course on the Champions Tour at 7,533 yards, but the past two winners, Reid and Funk, are nowhere near the longest hitters on tour.

“I didn’t think it played long last year,” Lehman said of Crosswater. “There’s a nice blend of holes you can really attack, and some holes where you’d better be careful.”

Earlier in August, Jeld-Wen announced it was ending an eight-year sponsorship of the Tradition. The tour is expected to announce its plans for the Tradition’s future following the tournament.

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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.

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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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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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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm