McGrane Goddard share lead at Estoril Open

By Associated PressJune 10, 2010, 6:02 pm

ESTORIL, Portugal – Damien McGrane of Ireland and Luke Goddard of England shot 8-under 64s to share the lead after the first round of the Estoril Open on Thursday.

The pair led by a stroke from Stuart Manley of Wales and Eirik Tage Johansen of Norway.

 

Damien McGrane
McGrane shares the first round lead with England's Luke Goddard. (Getty Images)
McGrane and Goddard raised the issue of whether they equaled the record or set a new one for the holiday resort course of Penha Longa on the easternmost peninsula of continental Europe.

 

Welshman Philip Price shot a 64 at Penha Longa in 1994. However, par then was 71. In recent years the course has been lengthened to 6,903 yards and the par increased to 72.

What was clear, however, were the chances McGrane missed to put an end to the record debate.

While his bogey-free round contained eight birdies, he also missed close-range opportunities with his putter on the 10th, 17th and 18th greens. A 63 would have equaled his lowest score in 14 years on tour.

McGrane had a run of five birdies in six holes from the 11th.

“I played beautifully and created a lot of chances,” he said. “It was just a pity that I missed a couple of fairly easy ones.”

Goddard turned pro after last’s years Walker Cup and had previously failed to make the cut in any of the European Challenge Tour events this year. However, while he made six birdies, his card was enhanced when he sank his second shot from the 11th fairway to make an eagle two.

McGrane and Goddard were among the afternoon starters playing when the course was softened by two short but fierce rain showers at lunchtime.

And they were chasing an early 7-under 65 total set by American-born Norwegian Johansen.

Although he dropped a shot at the 17th when he drove into trees, he was happy to have struggled away from the fairway only once in his round.

“The wind was swirling around the course all morning,” he said. “And with so many trees it was difficult to hit some fairways.

“But I was confident in my game and on the second nine sank a string of long putts.”

Like Goddard, Manley arrived in Portugal with little or no form, having missed nine of his 11 cuts this year on both the main and Challenge Tours.

After taking the lead at 8-under in mid-afternoon, his play at the par-four 9th hole, his last of the day, undid much of the hard work he’d done to boost his confidence.

Manley drove into a bunker, failed to reach the green with his recovery, completely mishit his first attempt to chip onto the green, and the subsequent bogey dropped him into a share of third place.

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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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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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Vandalism

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Finances


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

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Reportedly fake TIME covers


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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.