Nicklaus Palmer christen new Michigan course

By Associated PressAugust 11, 2010, 3:30 am

2010 PGA Championship

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. – Days before another major champion is crowned, four players who have won their fair share of big golf tournaments played 18 holes together.

This was no ordinary round, however, for Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Johnny Miller, who teed it up Tuesday along Lake Michigan in Benton Harbor.

As far as they were concerned, the stakes were pretty high.

The event was designed to commemorate the opening of a new course – the Nicklaus-designed Golf Club at Harbor Shores, which has the stated goal of serving as an economic driver for one of Michigan’s most impoverished cities.

Around one-fifth of the residents of Benton Harbor are without a job, and crime is an ongoing concern.

The course sits around a mile from the city’s struggling downtown district and when all is said and done is expected to be the centerpiece of a larger project that is to include hundreds of homes, a marina and shops and restaurants.

The idea is to “change the community through the game of golf,” Nicklaus said.

If all goes according to plan, he said, the Harbor Shores development project will create jobs and housing, increase the tax base and lure tourists to Benton Harbor, which sits around 100 miles from Chicago in the state’s far southwestern corner.

The four champions played in rotating two-man teams in a skins scramble format and were competing for a $1 million purse.

Watson won the most cash, but the entire million is going to the Boys & Girls Club and The First Tee of Benton Harbor.

“It never ceases to amaze me what this game has done for people,” Watson said.

The day wasn’t all about charity and economic development, though.

There was fun to be had, too, and some golf to be played on the 6,861-yard, par-71 course that once was home to a toxic waste dump and factory space.

Now, lush green fairways wind through wetlands, along the Paw Paw River and within shouting distance of Lake Michigan.

The quartet made 15 birdies, and the Watson/Palmer team posted an eagle on the par-5 15th hole, but the best shot didn’t even count.

Nicklaus, just messing around on the 10th hole, dropped a ball down and nailed a 100-footer – uphill no less.

The players interacted often with the crowd of 3,000-plus and even held a golf clinic ahead of time.

The atmosphere was in sharp contrast to another golf event being held this week in the upper Midwest – the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

A lot of attention will be paid there to the slumping Tiger Woods, but he wasn’t forgotten on Tuesday in Michigan. During the pre-round clinic, Miller took a shot at Woods.

“Jack, I don’t think Tiger’s going to get your record, by the way,” he said, referring to Woods’ pursuit of Nicklaus’ 18 major championships.

The crowd erupted into applause, and Nicklaus – in the middle of a practice shot – joked that he “hit 10 yards farther when you said that.”

Nicklaus then turned to the fans and said that “nobody ever wants their records to be broken,” but that “if somebody comes along and plays better and breaks your record, ‘Congratulations and well done.’

“That’s the way it should be,” he said.

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.

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