Lewis 1 off lead at Kingsmill Champ. after Day 2

By Associated PressMay 4, 2013, 12:50 am

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Ariya Jutanugarn weathered the wind and kept her lead on Friday in the LPGA’s Kingsmill Championship.

The 17-year-old Thai player missed three short par putts early but rolled in a 45-footer and two others for birdie on the windswept River Course in an even-par 71 that gave her a one-stroke lead at 7 under.

A day after shooting a 64, Jutanugarn started with a three-putt bogey on her first hole and, with the wind making it difficult to control the ball, said she tried to play safer than normal and found that didn't work.

''It make me want to go back to my game on the back nine,'' the normally aggressive player said.

A birdie at the par-5 seventh – her 16th hole of the day – gave her the outright lead, and she finished with two pars.

Stacy Lewis and Angela Stanford, both a shot back after 68s, had the best rounds of the day. Both played early and came off the course saying the wind was picking up.

''The wind's not dying down out there, so it's going to be tough this afternoon,'' Lewis said.

She was right, mostly, but the players who managed best were able to make moves on the leaderboard.

Suzann Pettersen, the 2007 winner, and Sandra Gal shot 69 and found themselves in a tie for fourth with two-time Kingsmill champion Cristie Kerr.

Kerr chunked a chip shot and bogeyed the final hole.

''It's a round where you needed to kind of stay around the lead and not take yourself out of it,'' she said. ''It was tough conditions, so I would have liked to shoot 1 under today for sure, but I didn't hit it that great today compared to yesterday.''

Pettersen agreed the conditions were difficult but not as bad as some made it sound.

''I like it when it's tough,'' she said. ''It's very challenging. Like I said, you can't really back off. You can't really bail out. Once you decide on a club, you've got to hit the shot you're seeing, otherwise you could be three clubs short or two clubs long. For me, it just sharpens my focus a lot.''

Stanford, along with Natalie Gulbis, are the only players to make all nine cuts at Kingsmill. Stanford started with a three-putt bogey and felt fortunate to be able to duplicate the 68 she had on Thursday.

''Overall, it seems like it was Groundhog Day,'' she said. ''I hit 14 greens again and had 29 putts again and got up and down every time again, so interesting that they seem like carbon copies of each other.''

The more difficult conditions, however, made Friday's 68 more impressive.

''Today, I felt like I got the most out of today,'' Stanford said.

Lewis, who started at 8:36 a.m., said the wind was affecting balls in flight and on the green.

''It was blowing when we started, but it was probably midway through the front nine when it really started to blow pretty good,'' said Lewis, who was ranked No. 1 earlier this year. ''It's drying out the course, so the downwind holes, it's releasing on the greens and it's definitely affecting some putts.

''It's just one of those days you've got to grind it out, take your pars and go to the next hole.''

Lewis expected the afternoon to be especially challenging for Jutanugarn, a long-hitter, whose style is to go aggressively at the pins. That approach helped her make nine birdies in the first round.

''She plays without fear,'' Lewis said. ''She swings at it hard, and she hits it and she goes and finds it. ... It will be a little different in the wind, so I think maybe she'll bring it back a little bit, hopefully.''

Jutanugarn, who leads the Ladies European Tour money list and has finished no worse than fourth in her three prior starts on the LPGA, surely turned heads with how she turned it around after a balky start in the second round.

She hopes the weekend brings more surprises.

''I think I have to focus on every chance to even have a chance to hit the shot, but I don't think I'm going to win tournament or I'm going to lose tournament,'' she said. ''Everybody have a chance to win, so I still have chance to win, too.''

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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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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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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

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Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

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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.