Notes Day advances in Match Play

By Associated PressFebruary 25, 2011, 5:04 am
2005 WGC Accenture Match PlayMARANA, Ariz. – Jason Day played some more mind games in his 4-and-2 victory over Paul Casey on Thursday in the Match Play Championship.

The 23-year-old Australian made Casey putt out from about 1 1/2 feet – a distance normally conceded in match play – on the par-5 13th just to irritate the Englishman.

“He looked really angry at me, too,” Day said. “It was only about a foot and a half. … But it’s not about that hole, it’s about the future holes coming on. So if I can make him a little angry, if I can get him out of his game plan and force him to make silly decisions out there, that’s obviously part of the mind games that you play.

“Obviously, match play is a different format to stroke play. At the end of the day, you’re all mates and stuff. But when you’re playing against the guy across from you, you want to try to beat him as quick as possible.”

On Wednesday in a 3-and-2 victory over K.T. Kim, Day made a point of walking in front of the South Korean player throughout the match.

“Paul walks pretty quick, so it was pretty tough to stay in front of him,” Day said. “The competition is very, very tough. Just being out there reminds me of all the old days when I was back playing as an amateur and as a junior. There’s a few little mind games out there.”

Day won the Byron Nelson Championship last year for his first PGA Tour title. He also won a 2007 Nationwide Tour event in Ohio at 19 to become the youngest winner in the second-tier tour’s history.

In the third round, he’ll face J.B. Holmes, a 1-up winner over Ernie Els.

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OGILVY ADVANCES: Geoff Ogilvy won the par-4 18th with a par to beat Thomas Bjorn 1-up, setting up a third-round match against Bubba Watson.

Ogilvy, the 2006 winner at La Costa and 2009 champion on The Ritz-Carlton course at Dove Mountain, beat Padraig Harrington 4 and 3 in the first round. Bjorn was coming off a 19-hole victory over Tiger Woods.

“Obviously, one of my favorite tournaments. I enjoy the format,” Ogilvy said. “It’s kind of a weird one, you could come here and be here for three hours, or come here and play more golf than you’ll ever play in a golf tournament. The cliche is one day at a time. I try to win the match I play that day. And if I do, I get to come back tomorrow and do it again.”

The Australian returned to play three weeks ago in the Phoenix Open after gouging his right index finger on a coral reef in Hawaii before the season-opening Tournament of Champions. He needed 12 stitches to repair the cut.

“There’s no mark there anymore,” Ogilvy said. “It’s a tiny bit sensitive. It’s on the firing line, where the right finger is touching the grip. It’s more comfortable to put something over the top, so I don’t have to think about it. As far as hitting golf balls, it’s a hundred percent, but just a little red and sensitive still.”


OVERPOWERING: J.B. Holmes beat Ernie Els 1-up, blasting drive after drive well past the South African star.

Holmes won the par-5 second hole with a birdie after hitting a 373-yard drive, hit a 362-yarder on No. 5, a 350-yarder on No. 7 and won the par-4 10th with a birdie after a 356-yard blast. He then drove 370 yards on No. 17.

“I’ve been hitting my driver great this week,” Holmes said. “I was 40, 50 yards past Ernie a few times today. … I would assume it’s intimidating to see that. I’ve got lower irons and I always get to see what they do.”

In the field as an alternate when Tim Clark withdrew Tuesday because of an elbow injury, Holmes arrived at Dove Mountain early Wednesday and got about 4 1/2 hours of sleep before beating Camilo Villegas 4 and 2 in the first round.

“I got some sleep last night, so I’m good,” Holmes said.


DIVOTS: Ben Crane’s 8-and-7 victory over Rory McIlroy matched the second-largest margin in tournament history. Tiger Woods set the record in the 2006 first round, beating Stephen Ames 9 and 8. In the other 8-and-7 wins, Ames beat Robert Karlsson in the 2007 first round and Woods routed Stewart Cink in the 2008 final. … Eight Americans – Crane, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Nick Watney, Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, J.B. Holmes and Ryan Moore – advanced to the third round. Last year, only four U.S. players reached the round of 16. … The second-round losers received $95,000. The third-round losers will get $140,000.
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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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