Levi turning back the clock on Champions Tour

By Associated PressJuly 2, 2010, 2:05 am

Champions TourTwo decades after his heyday and a double-bypass later, Wayne Levi is relishing every moment.

“After not playing well for so long, it sure feels good,” he said after finishing tied for third at last week’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, two shots behind winner Loren Roberts.

It was Levi’s best finish on the Champions Tour in three years. A year ago, that was almost unimaginable. His doctor had told him he needed heart surgery.

“You try to do all the right things,” said Levi, who turned 58 in February. “I walk, I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, my blood pressure was good, my cholesterol was good. When he told me I had a heart attack, I almost collapsed. I still can’t believe it happened.”

Levi was operated on in April 2009 and made his return that June, finishing tied for 33rd at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. He made five starts before the surgery, his best showing a tie for 11th at the ACE Group Classic. His only other top 25 was a tie for 23rd at the SAS Championship in late September.

“It (heart attack) still has an effect on me – that it happened,” Levi said. “You kind of feel like you’re infallible. I guess you’re not.”

Levi, who was born in Little Falls in upstate New York and spends part of the year in New Hartford, won 12 times on the PGA Tour when he played regularly from 1977-97. In 1990, he won four times to become just the fifth player to earn more than $1 million in one season. He finished second to Greg Norman on the money list and was selected PGA player of the year.

Levi also was a member of the triumphant 1991 U.S. Ryder Cup team, though he lost 3 and 2 to Seve Ballesteros in singles at Kiawah Island.

Those heady days are long gone, but there’s still some game in those clubs as Levi heads to Canada for Friday’s opening round at the $1.8 million Montreal Championship.

With his 22-year-old son, Brian, caddying, Levi opened the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open with a 7-under 65 – one shot off his career low – to take sole possession of the lead. That hadn’t happened since the first round of the 2005 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn, and he finished tied for 21st there. Levi also shared the first-round lead at the 2006 JELD-WEN Tradition and finished tied for 54th in that 72-hole major.

That he didn’t tail off last week at En-Joie Golf Club – he shot 65, 69, 69 to finish at 13 under – had a noticeable effect. Normally shy with the media, Levi bared his soul every day.

“The first day I saw my name leading the tournament I had goose bumps. That’s how good it felt to finally be back on the board and see my name up there,” he said. “For years on the regular tour, the first or second round my name was up there all the time, but I wasn’t 58. To see it back up there again, that was great. It felt so good.”

And it didn’t matter much that he missed short birdie putts on the final two holes that would have given him a shot at his third Champions Tour title.

“That’s a good way to finish. I haven’t been anywhere near the lead for a year,” he said. “It really kind of energizes you a little, gets you pumped up for next week. I’m sure I’ll get a lot of critiquing how I missed those last couple of putts, but who cares?”

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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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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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Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open


Trump golf properties

Vandalism

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Finances


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

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Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

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.