Notes: Frustrated McIlroy looks forward to time off after PGA

By Associated PressAugust 14, 2011, 12:50 am

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Rory McIlroy is ready for a break.

The U.S. Open champion, taped right wrist and all, shot a 4-over 74 at the PGA Championship on Saturday. McIlroy got off to an awful start with a double bogey on the first hole and a bogey on the third. He rallied with three birdies coming in but was 12 shots from the top before second-round co-leaders Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley had teed off.

“It just wasn’t meant to be, a real frustrating week,” McIlroy said. “One more day to go. I’ll give it my best, shoot a good score and take a couple of weeks off.”

McIlroy said the wrist he injured Thursday when trying to hit a ball that was up against a tree root has improved each day.

“I can feel it, but it shouldn’t be enough” to keep him from playing, McIlroy said.

He acknowledged once again that he hadn’t used good judgment in trying to advance the ball forward on the third hole Thursday instead of pitching out sideways into the fairway.

“If I had to be in the position again and hadn’t know what was going to happen, I probably would’ve done the same thing,” the 22-year-old said with a grin. “It’s just one of those things.”

McIlroy had hoped to end the year winning a second major. Instead, he’ll work to finish as high as possible at Atlanta Athletic Club.

“If I got back to even par for the tournament, I think that would be an accomplishment,” he said. “You’ve got to be as optimistic as possible.”

McIlroy said a more realistic goal might simply be a round in the 60s at the par-70 course. “I haven’t shot under par this week,” he said.

No matter where he finishes, McIlroy is packing up the clubs for a couple of weeks before his scheduled return at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland starting Sept. 1.

“It would be good to win a couple of more times,” he said. “Even thought a won one tournament and it was a big tournament for sure, I want to win a few more times to call this season a success.”


VINTAGE TOMS: David Toms tapped into the game that won him the 2001 PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club and a decade later, he’s back in contention.

Toms shot a 65 on Saturday – the lowest round of the day – that took him to 2-under for the tournament.

Toms began the day eight strokes off the lead and didn’t make up a shot over his first 11 holes. Then Toms flashed his major-winning form. He made an eagle on the par-5 12th hole and followed with consecutive birdies, the last when he holed out from a sand bunker about 40 yards out on No. 14.

When Toms stepped up to the par-3 15th, his juices were flowing as he thought about the site of his 5-wood, hole-in-one there in the third round a decade earlier. A plaque commemorating the moment sits next at the tee.

“People were saying stuff in the crowd about doing it again,” Toms said. “You flashback to this time, or this week, 10 years ago.”

Toms’ score was the lowest in his past 38 rounds at the PGA. He shot a 65 in the third round of – you guessed it – his 2001 major victory.

Toms still has plenty of work to do, five shots back of co-leaders Brendan Steele and Jason Dufner. But he says he’s put himself position to put some heat on those ahead of him come Sunday.

“If I can have one of those days, I certainly will be in the mix,” he said.


MASTERS MOJO: Charl Schwartzel has loved playing the majors this season and the reigning Masters champion is near the top again at the PGA Championship.

Besides winning the green jacket, the 26-year-old South African finished ninth at the U.S. Open and 16th at the British Open. He continued that strong play at Atlanta Athletic Club with a 66 that moved him to 2-under and up into the top 10 at the year’s final major.

Schwartzel said before the tournament he hoped the good vibes from his win at Augusta National – he birdied the course’s final four holes – last April would follow him in his return to Georgia.

So far, they have.

Schwartzel played a bogey-free third round that featured four birdies, including one at the difficult par-3 15th hole.

Atlanta Athletic Club’s final four are as hard a stretch as the pros ever face, Schwartzel said. If he can come close to duplicating his Masters success, Schwartzel still thinks he can succeed at the PGA.

“These four holes are going to decide this golf tournament,” he said.


DIVOTS: The slide of 2003 PGA winner Shaun Micheel continued. After shooting an opening 66 on Thursday, Micheel had rounds of 78 and 77 and is 11-over part at Atlantic Athletic Club. He has had bogeys or worse on 17 of his last 36 holes after going bogey free in round one. … Mike Small, the Illinois golf coach who is the lone club professional to make the cut, shot an even-par 70 on Saturday. The score was tied for his second lowest in 19 career PGA rounds. … Larry Nelson, a three-time major winner from Georgia, received the PGA Distinguished Service Award this week. Nelson won the 1981 PGA title played at Atlanta Athletic Club.

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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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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Vandalism

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Finances


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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.