Notes Els advances to weekend Looking amateur

By Associated PressApril 9, 2011, 5:48 am

AUGUSTA, Ga. – After an opening-round 75, Ernie Els looked like a prime candidate to join the convoy of major champions heading out of town at the Masters ahead of the weekend.

While defending champion Phil Mickelson shot 72 for a 142 total, Martin Kaymer, the PGA champion and world’s No. 1 ranked player, as well as two of the three other major winners last year – Graeme McDowell (U.S. Open) and Louis Oosthuizen (British) – all finished on the wrong side of the cut line at 145.

Not Els. He followed an eagle at the par-5 13th with consecutive birdies for a back-nine 34 and a round of 70 Friday that landed him right on the line. 

Fellow South African and major winner Retief Goosen wasn’t as fortunate, despite a promising start. He started the tournament by knocking his approach at No. 1 into the hole for an eagle, but shot 78 in the second round for a 148 total. 

NO PENALTY: Ryan Moore is in the red, in part because officials determined he was also in the clear.

Just barely.

Moore birdied the par-5 13th. But his ball moved before one of his shots, and there was a question of whether Moore had already taken his stance. That would have been a two-stroke penalty.

Officials determined that Moore had not taken his stance, and the birdie stood. He finished with a 73 that left him at 1 under for the tournament.

BAD HOLE: The ninth hole made Nathan Smith and Peter Uihlein look like the amateurs they are. 

Bad second shots left both in the fairway of No. 1, the next hole over. Smith’s landed in the crosswalk, just as defending Masters champion Phil Mickelson and his group were teeing off.

“Exactly what you want to have going on. Here comes the world, here comes Phil over the hill,” said Smith, a three-time winner of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.

Mickelson has spent more than his fair share of time in the woods and in the rough – he’ll be picking pine straw out of his socks for days after his wayward drive on 17 – but that didn’t stop him from giving Smith grief.

“He asked me if that was my drive,” Smith said. “I said, yeah, sure.”

Uihlein, the U.S. Amateur champ who was paired with Mickelson and Geoff Ogilvy, was a little kinder, running ahead of the group to give Smith an encouraging hug. He might have been better off saving those well-wishes for himself. Uihlein blistered his second shot on No. 9 so badly it landed about 25 yards in front of the No. 1 tee.

“I was hoping to make the cut and didn’t do that, didn’t play well. And I didn’t hit my irons very good,” said Uihlein, who finished at 5 over. “You’ve got to be very precise out here with the irons, and I just wasn’t quite ready for it.”

GUIDED TOUR: Charl Schwartzel might have to give Jack Nicklaus a cut of his earnings this week.

The six-time Masters champion gave Schwartzel invaluable advice before the South African’s first appearance at Augusta National last year, talking him through the course.

Nicklaus “took me through every single hole the way he used to play it,” Schwartzel said. “You can’t get much better advice than that. … I was in such awe.”

Schwartzel has put the advice to good use, shooting par or better in four of his six rounds at the Masters. His 71 on Friday left him at 4 under, six strokes behind leader Rory McIlroy.

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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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Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green

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Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Trump golf properties


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Reportedly fake TIME covers

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Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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Pros comment on the president

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm