Matthew, 46, Aussie co-leader; gets Nicklaus tweet

By Associated PressFebruary 19, 2016, 12:58 pm

ADELAIDE, Australia – England's Holly Clyburn shot a 7-under 65 Friday to take a share of the second-round lead with 46-year-old Scottish golfer Catriona Matthew at the Women's Australian Open.

Clyburn and 1996 champion Matthew (69) had 36-hole totals of 8-under 136 on The Grange's West course.

They held a one-stroke lead over four players – Germany's Caroline Masson, who shot 71, China's Lin Xiyu (67), South Korea's Jenny Shin (70) and Haru Nomura of Japan (68).

''I think that's the beauty of golf, you know you can play, it doesn't matter what your age is really as long as you can still hit the golf ball and get it in the hole,'' Matthew said. ''Age isn't a barrier.''

Jack Nicklaus, who won his sixth Masters title at Augusta in 1986 at the age of 46 – the last of his record 18 majors – agreed. He took the time to send a tweet to Matthew following her round Friday.

''Hang in there and don't give up, finish strong! Everyone wrote me off at 46!'' Nicklaus said on Twitter.


 

 


Two strokes behind the leaders and in seventh place after a 71 was five-time champion Karrie Webb. She had a 67 Thursday.

''It was a bit scratchier today. I wasn't as sharp with my iron play,'' Webb said. ''I still hit 14 greens but didn't have a lot of decent looks at birdies. I just really hung in there.''

Canadian-based South Korean SooBin Kim, the first-round leader who shot a course-record 63 on Thursday, bogeyed five of her final seven holes Friday for a 77 and fell to 4 under, tied in a group four behind the leaders.

Top-ranked and defending champion Lydia Ko, who won last week's New Zealand Women's Open, had a second consecutive 70 and was also at 4 under.

''I feel like I'm in a good position. I reckon I could have cut a few more shots down but at the same time I think could have gone higher, so it all balances out,'' Ko said. ''But being a couple or a few shots behind isn't a bad position.''

Canadian Brooke Henderson shot 71 Friday and was at 3 under, five strokes behind. There were 20 golfers within four shots of the lead.

Cheyenne Woods had a 78 and was at 4 over and missed the cut, as did former champion Laura Davies after a 76 to finish at 10-under.

Clyburn, winner of last year's New South Wales Open, began her round with an eagle and three birdies in her first five holes.



''I was loving it, really,'' Clyburn said. ''I have been waiting for this round for a long time.''

In October 2014, Clyburn was well-placed in the second stage of LPGA qualifying but was disqualified when her playing partner failed to sign her scorecard.

''Probably what happened 14, 15 months ago was for the best, I don't know,'' Clyburn said. It's her second start on the LPGA Tour.

Matthew won the Australian Open 20 years ago at Yarra Yarra in Melbourne and, among other wins, added two majors – the Women's British Open title in 2009 and the LPGA Championship in 2013.

With her husband, Graeme on the bag – he's been her caddie for 16 years – the Scottish player has hit 16 greens in each of her first two rounds, including a 67 Thursday in tougher afternoon conditions.

''It's tricky if you start missing the greens out here, it's not easy up and down,'' Matthew said.

The tournament is also sanctioned by the Australian Women's and Ladies European tours.

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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 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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