No 1 Lee Westwood misses cut in Qatar

By Associated PressFebruary 4, 2011, 9:29 pm

2009 European TourDOHA, Qatar – Austria’s Markus Brier shot a 6-under 66 Friday to take a one-shot lead over South Africa’s Darren Fichardt at the halfway stage of the Qatar Masters, while top-ranked Lee Westwood and sixth-ranked Paul Casey missed the cut.

Brier, who has two victories on the European Tour, is 7 under and is two shots ahead of a trio that includes Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn, who followed an opening-round 74 with a 7-under 65.

Defending champion Robert Karlsson of Sweden and England’s Richard Finch are also 5 under.

England’s Westwood ended his tournament at 4 over, in a tie for 77th after shooting 75 Friday. Casey, who won last week’s Volvo Champions in Bahrain for his first victory in 20 months, was one shot farther back in a tie for 96th. He also shot 75 Friday to go with a 74 on Thursday.

Casey refused to comment on his struggles while Westwood attributed his early season struggles to “rust.” Westwood also finished 64th at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championships last month, when he last missed the cut in 2010.

“I didn’t play very well,” he said. “It’s early-season rust, I think. That’s it. I’m going to go on the range the next couple of days and try to get into some kind of rhythm.”

With some of the big names falling, it was the 478th-ranked Brier who tamed the course at the Doha Country Club that was virtually unplayable on Thursday due to strong winds. The Austrian had six birdies in a bogey-free round on Friday, enough to pass first-round leader Retief Goosen of South Africa who fell into a tie for sixth at 4 under after shooting a 71.

“I kept the ball in play and holed two or three really long putts, and that obviously makes the difference between a good and very good round,” said the 32-year-old Brier, who has not won a tournament since the China Open in 2007. “I’m happy, I mean, 6 under, it’s great to be up there again and hopefully it stays like this.”

Fichardt, who won in Qatar in 2003, had eight birdies and four bogeys to stay second.

“I’m going to take it just as another event,” Fichardt said. “There’s a hole in the green, there’s prize money, so it’s just another tournament. I just have to take it like that, shot for shot, and see what happens.”

Second-ranked Martin Kaymer of Germany has the chance to overtake Westwood for the top ranking if he finishes second or better in Doha. But he has plenty of work to do from his halfway position of 3 over in a tie for 57th after opening with a 5-over 77 and shooting a 70 on Friday.

“Well, I was playing a little bit better,” Kaymer said. “I was hitting a lot of greens today, since yesterday. I didn’t hole a lot of putts, but today, the two birdies I made was a two-putt on 16 and I hit it to a foot, that was the other birdie on the third hole. So I just struggled with the putting. But I was hitting the ball a little better today.”

Kaymer said his goal remains winning the tournament and he insisted the top ranking was still within his sights.

“I’m a little bit away now, but obviously if I have a good weekend, I might have a chance,” he said. “I’m here to win the golf tournament, and if I take care of winning, then it will happen automatically.”

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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