Notes: Webb out of funk; Crows and a Bison stampede

By Associated PressJuly 8, 2011, 10:41 pm

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Karrie Webb can’t explain why her game has suddenly rounded back into shape.

The seven-time major winner found herself in a funk in recent seasons, winning just once over the past four years heading into 2011. But this season she’s already captured two titles.

Webb shot a 1-under 70 in her first round to remain within striking distance of the leaders.

“It’s nothing specific,” the 36-year-old Webb said of her resurgence. “It’s just golf. You’re not that far away, but your scores say you are.”

When asked if she would take three more rounds like the one she turned in Friday morning, Webb didn’t hesitate.

“Yeah, I would,” said Webb, who won the U.S. Open in 2000 and ’01.

Good enough to win on this challenging course?

“I didn’t have the foggiest idea what score would win this week,” Webb said. “I’ve never been very good at predicting it. But I would think that would put me with a good chance.”

NOTHING TO CROW ABOUT: Sun Young Yoo had a crow swoop down on the ninth fairway and pick up her ball, moving it about 2 feet.

She ended up dropping the ball near the original spot and playing on.

BISON STAMPEDE: North Dakota State’s Amy Anderson is treating the U.S. Open like any other tournament.

Only with way more pressure and fans.

Anderson didn’t allow the setting to intimidate her, finishing the first round at 2-under 69.

“It’s exciting; hasn’t sunk in,” Anderson said.

Anderson credits her early success to her brother’s ability to decipher the tricky greens at the Broadmoor. Serving as her caddie, Nathan Anderson, who also plays golf for the Bison, has been right on with his reads.

“He’s really analytical, figures things out a lot better than I would. He has a great mind for that,” Anderson said.

Anderson has a large contingent of family and friends following her around this week.

“They’re out there supporting me,” she said. “Even if I miss a putt or whatever, they’re just excited for me, cheering for me. It makes it fun, when I hit a great shot or a putt.”

NO TAGALONG HERE: The amateur who plays for Pepperdine University was supposed to be the tagalong in a group that featured Yani Tseng, world’s No. 1 player, and defending champion Paula Creamer.

Instead, Danielle Kang captured her share of the spotlight in the morning round Friday, finishing tied with Creamer and one stroke ahead of Tseng, who’s attempting to complete a career Grand Slam this week.

Little did Tseng and Creamer realize, but Kang also was paying close attention to them, carefully studying how they handle the pressures of a U.S. Open.

Mental notes to help her down the line.

“They’re very patient and steady,” Kang said. “They make mistakes, but they save them and save shots.”

Kang didn’t do too bad in that area herself. She had one bad hole, a double bogey on No. 14, along with two bogeys in the first round. But she also had three birdies.

Not a bad way of coping with an early case of the nerves.

“I still had a queasy feeling going into the second hole,” Kang chuckled.

The nerves quickly dissipated for the 18-year-old. That was due, in part, to the social nature of Tseng, who chatted with Kang all the way through the round.

The conversations ranged from family life to when Kang might turn pro. The chats were calming for Kang.

“I’m really talkative. For me to not talk is hard,” said Kang, who qualified for the U.S. Open in 2007 as a 14-year-old and again last year when she was one of just six amateurs to make the cut.

Kang didn’t have a chance to chat with Creamer, who was concentrating on her round.

“I didn’t want to bother her,” Kang said.

The gallery following the threesome was the largest of any on the course. And while the cheers were split between Creamer and Tseng, there were some shouts for Kang as well, the relative unknown in the group.

“That was exciting,” Kang said. “I loved it. There were so many people. I wanted to take a picture, but I can’t take my phone out.”

UNDER THE WEATHER: After waking up sick to her stomach Friday, 13-year-old Mariel Galdiano briefly thought about withdrawing from the tournament.

“But we spent so much money to get here,” she said. “So I got up, went out there and played.”

Even 10 minutes before her round started back up Friday, Galdiano was questionable to take the course. She drank some peppermint iced tea to settle her stomach and gave it a shot.

“She looked pretty bad this morning,” said her father, Roger, who also served as her caddie. “Maybe it was a combination of altitude and not being in a daily routine. But I’m just glad she finished the first round.”

The teenager from Pearl City, Hawaii, is the youngest player in the field this week.

Galdiano was 6 over through 13 holes when play was halted Thursday because of weather. She struggled to find her groove Friday morning, going 8 over on the last five holes to finish her opening round with a 14-over 85.

“I just wasn’t feeling good,” she said. “I didn’t have much time to warm up.”

CHIP SHOTS: Betsy King, who won the U.S. Open in 1989 and ’90, finished her first round with a 12-over 83. At 55, she’s the oldest player in the field. … Karen Stupples briefly shared the first-round lead at 3 under but made three bogeys over the final four holes to finish 1-over 72.

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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.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

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.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

Article: Video, images from Tiger, DJ's round with Trump

Article: After DJ and Tiger, Trump plays golf with Jack

Rory faces criticism

Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'

President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

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

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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

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.