McDowell leads Nedbank, trying to salvage season

By Associated PressDecember 2, 2011, 3:37 pm

SUN CITY, South Africa – Graeme McDowell recovered from a double-bogey-7 at No. 14 to birdie two of his last three holes Friday for a 5-under 67 and a one-shot second-round lead at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

The Northern Irishman moved to 7 under for the tournament and clear of four players who shared second at Sun City.

Jason Dufner had four birdies and no dropped shots in his 68 to go 6 under. Robert Karlsson (69),Martin Kaymer (68) and defending champion Lee Westwood (70) were one off the lead alongside Dufner.

Top-ranked Luke Donald was tied for eighth on 3 under with his 1-under 71 after he bogeyed two of his first four holes in an inconsistent round that included four birdies and three bogeys.

Charl Schwartzel, who shared the overnight lead with Westwood, slipped to 10th in the 12-man field with a 2-over 74 at Gary Player Country Club to go to 2 under in the $5-million invitational tournament.

Chasing the $1.25-million winner’s prize, McDowell collected seven birdies alongside his double bogey at No. 14, with five of those birdies coming on an incident-filled back nine.

He picked up shots at Nos. 10 and 11, chipped in for another birdie at No. 13, then pushed his tee shot into the left rough on No. 14. He took two strokes to get back onto the fairway after hitting a rock – and not his ball – with his second. He then sent his fourth into a greenside bunker and missed a 6-foot bogey putt.

But McDowell pulled shots back at Nos. 16 and 18 for his one stroke lead heading into the weekend.

“It was a very calm and quiet front nine and a pretty exciting back nine, I guess,” he said. “I made a couple of nice birdies around the turn, a nice chip-in at No. 13 and at 14 … that second shot can only be described as an air shot.

“There’s so much trouble lurking at this golf course, (but) a better day at the office. I enjoyed that.”

Dufner’s solid 68, with two birdies around the turn, one at No. 13 and a fourth at the tough, par-4 No. 17 lifted him to a tie for second on his first visit to Sun City and first trip to South Africa.

“I did everything pretty well,” Dufner said. “Obviously to play a round with no bogeys is gonna help a lot. I’m learning this golf course quickly and a little bit on the fly.”

Karlsson carded a second consecutive 69 with three birdies, no bogeys and a crucial par save at No. 8 where the tall Swede nailed a 60-foot putt from the edge of the green to keep his scorecard flawless.

No. 4-ranked Kaymer had three birdies and an eagle three on No. 10 to be one off the lead, while No. 3-ranked Westwood had four birdies and two bogeys for a 2-under 70.

South Korea’s Kyung-Tae Kim put his approach to 2 feet as he birdied his first. But he bogeyed No. 2 to set the tone for an up-and-down 70 with an eagle, four birdies and four bogeys. Kim shared sixth with Englishman Simon Dyson (70).

Donald birdied No. 2 with a smooth 15-foot putt, but then bogeyed Nos. 3 and 4 on his way to 1 under for the round and 3 under overall alongside Anders Hansen.

Home favorite Schwartzel had an incredible save on No. 6 after pulling a tee shot into the bush. His second, crouching under a tree with a restricted back swing, found the middle of the green and he made par.

But the effort failed to inspire the Masters champion, who double-bogeyed No. 8, holed his only birdie on No. 9 and dropped another shot at No. 13.

Darren Clarke’s back nine was even more dramatic than that of McDowell, his compatriot from Northern Ireland.

Clarke reeled off six birdies, including four in a row from No. 12, but also had a bogey and two double-bogeys to go without a par in his last nine for a 3-under 69 and 1 under overall.

The only player behind him was Italy’s Francesco Molinari, whose only high so far was an eagle-3 at No. 2 on Thursday. Molinari had a double-bogey, three bogeys and no birdies Friday for a 77 and a 5 over par two-round total of 149.

He was six shots behind Clarke and 12 off the lead.

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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.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

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.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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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

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

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Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

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

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

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

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

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

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.