Notes Unfortunate missed cuts and withdrawals

By Associated PressMay 14, 2011, 4:19 am
The Players ChampionshipPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – With his ball nestled near a tree on the par-4 fifth at TPC Sawgrass, Mark Wilson decided to turn around and hit a left-handed chip shot.

It ended up being a costly mistake.

Wilson seemingly struck the ball twice and called a two-shot penalty on himself. The extra strokes caused him to miss the cut at The Players Championship on Friday.

“I think I hit it twice,” Wilson said. “Not for certain, but I heard two clicks. I asked my caddie what he thought and he was, ‘Yeah, I think I heard two clicks, too.”’

Wilson asked PGA Tour officials for help. They checked video replays, but decided those were inconclusive. So they left the call up to Wilson.

“You never know for sure,” Wilson said. “If I was 1 percent (sure) that I thought I hit it, then I have to call the penalty on myself. It’s not like (if it’s) 50-50, it goes in the player’s favor. If 1 percent of me thinks I double-hit it, then I have to take the penalty.”

Wilson, a two-time winner this year, shot a 3-over 75 and finished at 1-over 145, one stroke off the cut.

It wasn’t the first notable penalty Wilson has called on himself.

In the 2007 Honda Classic, Wilson called a two-shot penalty on himself because his caddie told another player in the group what club he hit on a hole. Without that penalty, Wilson might have won the event in regulation. Instead, he needed to win a four-man playoff the following day.


LITTLE HELP: Michael Bradley yanked his tee shot into a lake on No. 7 and immediately dropped his driver in disgust.

A second later, he watched the all-important club bounce into the water.

Oops. Now what?

His playing partner, Louis Oosthuizen, tried to get it but couldn’t. Luckily for Bradley, a spectator agreed to try a more risky retrieval. With others holding him tight, the fan stepped down into the hazard, standing on a wooden pylon, stretched Oosthuizen’s driver into the lagoon and scooped up the other club.

“It was funny,” Bradley said. “I didn’t really realize I was so close to the water. When I dropped it, it just kind of bounded and I was just watching it, going, ‘Oh, crap, what did I do?’ The head of the driver went, ‘boop,’ and over it went. I’m like, ‘Oh my God, what did you just do?”’

Bradley ended up carding a triple-bogey 7 and missed the cut by a stroke. He finished at 1-over 145. He used the driver again on No. 9 and closed with a birdie.

As for the fan, Bradley gave him an autographed glove for his trouble.

“That’s what he wanted,” Bradley said.

What if he would have asked for the driver?

“I would have probably politely declined,” Bradley said.


RORY TO THE RESCUE: Jonathan Byrd received a bad time Friday for taking too long to hit his second shot while his group was out of position. That’s not terribly surprising.

The stunner was that Rory Sabbatini came to his defense.

Byrd took longer than the minute he was allowed – he was the first to hit on the par-5 11th – and received a bad time. He will be fined the next time he goes over the limit when his group is on the clock, so Byrd contested it. He faced a difficult shot out of the trees.

Sabbatini, one of the faster players on tour, protested the bad time.

“Rory felt it was a challenging shot,” Byrd said. “Rory was my advocate.”

Asked if saw the coincidence in Sabbatini coming to his aid, Byrd shook his head without so much as cracking a smile.

“Rory is a standup guy,” Byrd said. “He does a lot of good things.”


NO REPEAT: Tim Clark’s right elbow was starting to swell. The pain was growing with every shot, too.

So Clark, the defending champion, felt as if he had no choice but to withdraw from The Players Championship in the second round Friday.

Clark shot 2-over 74 in the opening round and played 10 holes Friday before stopping.

“It’s just been getting a little worse as the day went on,” Clark said. “I hit a shot out of the rough on 9 and I could feel it getting worse. There’s just no point in staying. I tried as good as I can for two days. Yeah, at the moment it’s starting to get a little worse. I can see it’s swollen right now and there’s no point.”

Clark developed tendinitis in his elbow following a second-place finish at the Sony Open in January. He played in the Masters, but missed the cut and only showed up at TPC Sawgrass to defend his lone PGA Tour victory. Now, he’s not sure when he will play again.

He plans to withdraw from next week’s event in Texas.

“If I can’t finish two rounds here, how am I going to finish two there?” he said. “But I’m going to go to Fort Worth and continue treatment with the guys. I’m just going to stay on top of it. I can’t get too despondent and down on myself. It has been getting better, which is a good sign, so I’m going to try and stay positive and keep working at it.”


OGILVY OUT: Geoff Ogilvy withdrew because of a sore left shoulder.

Ogilvy shot a 3-over 75 in the first round Thursday and played nine holes Friday before bowing out. He was 2 over when he walked away.

Ogilvy said last week his shoulder started bothering him toward the end of the Masters and at the Texas Open. He thought it would be fine when he got to Quail Hollow in Charlotte, but then decided another week of rest would make sure it doesn’t become a bigger problem.

It’s unclear whether he will be able to play next week in Fort Worth, Texas, his wife’s home state.

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By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

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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

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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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