Notes McIlroy finishes tied for third again at PGA

By Associated PressAugust 16, 2010, 5:41 am

2010 PGA ChampionshipSHEBOYGAN, Wis. – Rory McIlroy never made a move in the final round of the PGA Championship. It almost paid off for him anyway.

McIlroy shot an even-par 72 as others around him faltered, and the 21-year-old from Northern Ireland finished tied for third at the PGA Championship for the second straight year at 10-under 278.

But this tournament was different. McIlroy wasn’t that close to the leaders at St. Andrews in this Year’s British Open or at Hazeltine in last year’s PGA. Here, he was within striking distance until the end.

“It’s the first time I have been in contention in the last round of a major and going out in the second-to-last group,” he said. “I was feeling it on the first tee and it was a new experience for me.”

McIlroy finished five strokes behind winner Y.E. Yang and three strokes behind Tiger Woods last year at Hazeltine. He finished third at last month’s British Open, eight strokes behind surprise winner Louis Oosthuizen.

On Sunday, McIlroy had a raucous crowd behind him, getting louder cheers than the leaders when he finished his round.

He moved to 11 under after a birdie on the 14th, but gave the stroke back the next hole and finished with three straight pars.

“I felt good over the putt on 15. I read it straight and just went more left to right than I thought,” he said. “The 5-iron on 16 I hit was a good shot, but the wind just didn’t touch it and the 5-iron on 17 as well, a couple of yards left and it is by the hole.”

McIlroy was pleased his birdies at Nos. 10 and 14 kept him close, but he said he’ll have a tough time forgetting his missed opportunity at 15.

In the majors this year, he missed the cut twice, before finishing tied for third at St. Andrews.

“St. Andrews was nice,” he said. “Top five here was not what I wanted, but I will take the positives out of this and there were a lot of positives. I will move on, have a week off and go into the playoffs in good spirits and hopefully give that a good run.”

And the budding star remains even hungrier for a breakthrough.

“I feel I am ready to win one,” he said.


 

RULES OF PLAY: Dustin Johnson’s two-stroke penalty assessed after completing his round for grounding his club in a bunker on the 18th hole came under the first rule of the PGA’s supplementary rules of play handed out to all golfers.

It states:

“1. Bunkers: All areas of the course that were designed and built as sand bunkers will be played as bunkers (hazards), whether or not they have been raked. This will mean that many bunkers positioned outside of the ropes, as well as some areas of bunkers inside the ropes, close to the rope line, will likely include numerous footprints, heel prints and tire tracks during the play of the Championship. Such irregularities of surface are part of the game and no free relief will be available from these conditions.”


 

ELKINGTON’S EFFORT: Steve Elkington, who won the 1995 PGA Championship at Riviera in a playoff, came close to setting the record for longest stretch between majors.

The 47-year-old Elkington, who played with Tiger Woods on Saturday, was the one who contended on Sunday instead of the world’s No. 1 golfer. Not a bad performance for a guy who started this season without any status on the PGA Tour.

Elkington got within a shot of the lead with a birdie on the 16th to move to 11 under after missing a 15-foot eagle that rimmed the cup.

On 17, he went over the green into a bunker and made bogey, then had a long birdie putt on 18 that he left about 8 feet short. He missed again, finishing at 9-under 279 and in a tie for fifth.

While Elkington, a 10-time winner on tour, didn’t have status this season, he’ll certainly have it next year. His $270,833.33 pay check on top of the $667,660.47 he earned this year puts him easily in the Top 125 on the money list to secure his tour card.


 

TOP CLUB PRO: Rob Labritz was the only club pro among the 20 invited to the PGA Championship to make the cut even though he finished tied for last among those who reached the weekend at 7-over 295.

“The week was great,” he said. “Didn’t strike the ball as well as I had hoped, but it was great.”

Labritz missed the cut in his previous two PGA Championship appearances in 2002 and 2003. He said he’s working toward winning the National Club Pro.

“That’s been the next sort of goal,” he said. “I played for a living at one time, and I want to get back to playing. My expectations are higher.”

The 39-year-old Labritz, the director of golf at GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, N.Y., said he played full-time on the Canadian Tour. He was runner up at the 2005 Canadian PGA Tour Lewis Chitengwa Memorial Championship.


 

POULTER PULLS OUT: Ian Poulter of England withdrew from the final round of the PGA Championship because of a chest infection.

Poulter was at 5-over 221 after three rounds and said Saturday night on Twitter that he might not be able to play. Poulter was No. 3 in the European points standings for the Ryder Cup, with the top five qualifying, and was supposed to play with Jeff Overton, also virtually assured a spot in the Ryder Cup. Overton played alone, and finished his round in 2 hours, 9 minutes, to break the unofficial PGA Championship record for quickest round.

Phil Blackmar played his final round of the 1991 PGA Championship at Crooked Stick in 2:10.


 

DIVOTS: Phil Mickelson finished 6-under 282 after a 67 on Sunday. It was the same score he recorded at the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. … Winner Martin Kaymer is the second German to win a major championship after Bernhard Langer. … An Australian online sports book refunded all bets on Johnson after the two-stroke penalty that cost him a spot in a playoff. … Thirty-eight players finished above par for the tournament, two more than 2004.

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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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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.