Overton leads Garcia Johnson two back

By Associated PressMay 27, 2011, 1:16 am
IRVING, Texas – Jeff Overton shot a bogey-free 6-under 64 Thursday to take the first-round lead at the Byron Nelson Championship, a stroke better than Ryan Palmer.

A year after tying for second at TPC Four Seasons, Overton started his back nine with four birdies in a seven-hole stretch. He had his best score in 15 career rounds at the Nelson, even after his 22-foot birdie attempt on the closing hole lipped out.

“It’s nice having confidence because of last year,” Overton said. “I knew I played well. I just wanted to keep things rolling.”

After a par-saving 10-foot par putt at the 220-yard par-3 second hole, Overton had consecutive birdies.

“That broke a lot and I thought I missed it, and it actually went in,” Overton said. “And next thing, I was able to hit a lot of great shots and strike out early. I never had a chance of making bogey from there. “

Palmer has made the cut only once in his seven previous Nelson appearances. This week, he is letting his caddie call all his shots.

Sergio Garcia, who withdrew from a British Open qualifier this week and didn’t even play a practice round because of an infected fingernail on his left hand, was in a group of nine players at 66.

The infection on Garcia’s ring finger made it difficult to grip a club. His finger was sore a few days ago that he thought he might not even be able to play.

How about this for a cure for Garcia? Antibiotic cream, draining the infection, seeing the new “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie and an opening eagle.

“It’s funny how golf is sometimes. Yeah, rarely practice at all and then we get there,” Garcia said about holing a sand wedge from 116 yards on his first hole, the 418-yard 10th. “I hit it and I saw guys on the green saying 'In' and I thought, 'Perfect!’ I couldn’t have started in a better way.”

Overton was part of the Ryder Cup team last year when he had three runner-up finishes, among them being part of a three-way tie for second at last year’s Nelson behind Jason Day.

Though he has made the cut in all but one of his previous 13 tournaments this season, Overton has finished better than 20th only once. That was a sixth-place finish at the Honda Classic in March, and he’s had his missed cut and finished no better than 26th since then.

“I hope this is the beginning of a good streak for me,” he said. “I’ve been hitting it really well the last three or four weeks, just have not made my putts all year.”

The TPC greens were pelted by hail described as half the size of baseballs during storms Tuesday night. Crews worked on the greens before and after a pro-am Wednesday.

During the opening round Thursday, players were allowed to treat hail damage as a ball mark that they could repair. They also took advantage of lift, clean and place being in effect because of potential damage to other areas of the course.

Dustin Johnson, who played in the group with Garcia, was in the group at 66 along with Jeff Quinney, Scott Piercy, Will Strickler, Chris Riley, Josh Teater, Joe Ogilvie and Keegan Bradley.

Johnson’s double bogey on his second hole, the 329-yard 11th, came after he hooked his drive into the water going for the green and then hit his fourth shot over the green.

He was bogey-free the rest of the round, starting with a 21-foot birdie at No. 12 and a 22-footer at No. 14. His six birdie putts averaged more than 19 feet each – the shortest was 8 with a long of 35 feet.

Johnson, who has finished second- and third-place finishes this season, was under par for the eighth time in his last nine rounds at the Nelson.

“The greens were great, so, you know, I got to give props to the grounds crew,” Johnson said. “They did a really good job of getting the greens ready, especially after that hail storm. You’ve definitely got to give them a hand.”

Garcia said he fixed several divots on every hole, but said the greens were OK.

DIVOTS: K.J. Choi, who won The Players Championship two weeks ago before skipping Colonial last week, shot a 71 with four bogeys while playing with Garcia and Johnson. … Defending champion Day shot a 72 that included a double bogey and four bogeys.

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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

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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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