More drama for Daly at Open Championship

By Associated PressJuly 17, 2010, 12:56 am

135th Open Championship

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland  – Playing in wind gusting so hard it was tough to keep a cigarette lit, John Daly made another big move on the British Open leaderboard Friday – backwards.

A day after matching his best round at the British Open, golf’s favorite sideshow stormed off the Old Course after shooting a 4-over 76.

And yet he’s not even completely out of it. At 2 under for the tournament, he’s 10 strokes behind leader Louis Oosthuizen. But he’s only five behind Mark Calcavecchia and four strokes behind the group at 6 under.

Daly is perhaps golf’s most colorful figure – and it’s not because of those garish pants he sports. (He broke out the hot pink paisley for the second round, pairing them with a lime green cap and a shirt that was just a shade quieter. Not to be outdone, his girlfriend wore leggings that matched his pants.)

That Daly is a unique talent has never been in question. You don’t go from last alternate to major champion, as he did at the 1991 PGA Championship, without considerable game. And you sure don’t win a second major – the British Open at St. Andrews, no less – by being lucky.

But his nickname was “Wild Thing,” and he did his best to live up to it. He has four ex-wives, and he ate, drank and gambled to excess. He’s been suspended by the PGA Tour five times, and fined $100,000.

At 44, the toll of his hard living etched on his face, even Daly seems to have had enough of his high-wire act. He’s lost almost 100 pounds since having Lap-Band surgery in February 2009, and said he quit drinking. He’s working on his game again now that rib and back injuries have healed.

The work showed on Thursday, when he took advantage of the mild morning conditions to shoot a 66 that left him three strokes off the lead in a tie for third. As Tom Watson likes to say, though, what the course gives one day it will take the next, and St. Andrews sure did that.

Not even Daly’s booming shots could overcome wind that forced a one-hour weather delay because of gusts of 41 mph.

After making just one bogey in the first round, he had two before he made the turn Friday. He made another two before getting his first birdie, on the par-5 14th, and then bogeyed No. 17. He drove into a valley just off the left side of the 18th green, and ran it within 5 feet for what looked like a gimme birdie to salvage the rough day.

The ball slid along the side of the cup and refused to drop, though, forcing Daly to settle for par. He shook hands with his playing partners and then hustled away, not even giving Open media officials an opportunity to ask if he’d talk.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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.

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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 Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

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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