Larrazabal hopes mini-tour win pays off in Seville

By Associated PressMay 1, 2012, 2:38 pm

SEVILLE, Spain – After winning last week for the first time on home soil, Pablo Larrazabal hopes it will lead to success in this week's Spanish Open.

The Spaniard chose not to contest the European Tour stop in South Korea and instead stayed home for an Alps Tour event in Barcelona.

The two-time European Tour winner played the first two rounds of the three-round event with amateur Javier Ballesteros, the 21-year-old son of the late Seve Ballesteros. And with longtime girlfriend Galar Ortin as caddie, and the company of family and friends, Larrazabal could not have been happier winning by four strokes.

''It is always good to win no matter where you play and even though it was my first-ever victory here in Spain the feeling of winning is always the same,'' he said.

''There was that same pressure I've had many times before coming down the last hole, and it was a little bit like the way I felt in winning the French Open (in 2008) and last year's BMW International Open.

''It was the first time ever as a professional or an amateur I have won in Spain. I had four second-place finishes before on the Spanish Tour and I was third in 2003 on the Alps Tour. Having Galar on the bag and with all my family and friends in Barcelona made it that extra special.''

A year ago, Larrazabal carried the weight of Spanish golf on his shoulders in striving to capture the Spanish Open in Barcelona.

Ballesteros died early on the second day of the tournament, and Larrazabal was the leading Spaniard heading into the last day two strokes off the lead, seeking to deliver for Spain an emotional victory.

However, a final-round 71 left Larrazabal in a share of third and three strokes from South African Thomas Aiken.

''Thomas and I had a good fight on that Sunday and all during the week,'' Larrazabal said. ''There was double emotion for me as it was being held on my home course and we were all sad. I found it very difficult to concentrate as everyone was thinking of Seve and many were hoping I would win.

''But then the Spanish Open is always a special week for all the Spanish players and after winning last week in Barcelona, it would be wonderful now if I could win here in Seville.''

Larrazabal expects to see Javier Ballesteros, who tied for 14th in Barcelona, one day competing on the European Tour.

''Javier is a great young guy and while he doesn't have the magic of Seve, he has something there that is quite special,'' Larrazabal said. ''He shot 65 the first day to be just one behind me.

''But let's just wait and see how he goes as he still is studying law at university. I think the day will come when we will see Javier out here, but as I said to him, there is no rush.''

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.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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