Murdaca earns Masters invite with Asia-Pacific Am win

By Associated PressOctober 26, 2014, 1:58 pm

MELBOURNE, Australia – Antonio Murdaca of Australia earned a place in the field for next year's Masters at Augusta after winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Golf Championship by seven shots Sunday on Royal Melbourne's composite course.

The 19-year-old Murdaca led by eight strokes overnight and shot a 1-under 71 Sunday to finish at 13-under 275, becoming the first Australian to win the title.

Japan's Horikawa Mikumu had a 69 to break out of a tie with Australian Todd Sinnott and take second place.

''I was worried in the practice rounds whether my game would fit the course here,'' Mikumu said. ''But as I played through the weak I got a bit more adjusted to the course and I was able to figure out a little bit how to challenge the course.''

Murdaca and Mikumu will also be exempt until the final stage of qualifying for the 2015 British Open at St. Andrews.

''It's a dream come true. I can't wait,'' Murdaca said. ''I was standing on that second shot today sort of thinking 'wow, imagine if I get to the Masters. Imagine how many people there are going to be'.''

Murdaca's lead was cut to five shots when he shot 36 on the front nine, but he came home strongly with birdies on the 10th and 14th holes.

Sinnott finished with 71 to take third place ahead of 16-year-old Australian amateur champion Ryan Ruffels in fourth. China's Dou Zecheng and Guan Tianlang, who won the 2012 tournament aged 14, and Taiwan's Pan Cheng-tsung shared fifth at 2-under 286.

Murdaca dominated the later stages of the tournament. He trailed Sinnott by two shots after his opening round, led by one shot after the second – as the only player in the 116-strong field to break 70 in both of the first two rounds – then took charge of the tournament with his equal low score of 67 of Saturday.

Murdaca had 21 birdies and an eagle in his four rounds over the 6,453-meter (7,059-yard) Royal Melbourne layout.

''I had a little bit of a sleepless night I guess,'' Murdaca said. ''I woke up nice and early. I didn't want to miss my alarm this morning. That could have been a disaster.''

Murdaca said he tried not to think about winning on Sunday and try and concentrate on playing as he had throughout the week.

''I think after I hit that second shot into 18, I got some goose bumps,'' he said. ''It is pretty special considering the reward you get at the end. I've been working hard all year, hunting for a win and I finally got one and I think I found the right event to win.''

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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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