Park hopes to keep hot streak going at Kingsmill

By Associated PressMay 1, 2013, 11:52 pm

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Inbee Park has never had much success on the River Course at Kingsmill.

She's also never tackled the layout along the James River as the world's top-ranked female player.

The 24-year-old South Korean will do that beginning Thursday, hoping to stay on the roll that has already produced three victories this season and completed her climb to the No. 1 ranking.

It will be her first competitive rounds at the popular stop on tour since 2009, when for the second time in three years, she missed the cut. The other time, in 2008, she tied for 16th.

''It seems pretty new to me, but somehow I just remember this course like I played yesterday,'' Park said this week. ''I mean, I just love to come to this spot. It's a great spot to come and it's a very nice resort and very nice golf course. I'm just going to try to enjoy my week of golf here.''

If having success equals fun, Park had had plenty in the past year. She has won five of the 18 tournaments she's played in since June, and finished in the top 11 on six other occasions.

She's been No. 1 for four weeks now, and trying to appreciate it without feeling pressure.

''That's been my dream since I started playing golf, to be the best in the world, and I finally reached it,'' she said. ''And it was everything was just coming together and everything that I dreamed for.

''You can put a lot of pressure on yourself when you're No. 1, but I'm just trying to think that's just a number,'' she continued. ''... It's just No. 1 and No. 1 is just No. 1, not trying to say that I need to win every week or anything. It's just I try to enjoy what I'm doing and that's just a gift.

Park skipped the tour's return to Kingsmill after a two-year absence last season, and missed one of the most dramatic events of the year. Countrywoman and former No. 1 player Jiyai Shin and Paula Creamer finished regulation in a tie and remained tied while replaying the 18th hole eight times before darkness came.

Returning on Monday morning, Shin won with a par on the first hole of the day, the 16th.

It was her first victory in 32 events, a drought helped along by a wrist injury that had required surgery three months earlier. Six days later, she won the Women's British Open for her second major title.

Shin earned her 11th career victory earlier this season, but returns to defend her title after a back problem cropped up a few weeks ago, causing her to skip a tour stop in Hawaii to allow it to rest.

She played last week to get back in the swing, and said, ''I feel really good and feel ready to go.''

It's also a source of confidence to return to a place with such pleasant memories.

''I have a good confidence this week because last year I hit it 9-under par on the first day,'' she said. ''So I'm pretty sure I know about the greens and all the condition at this course.''

Not everything is the same, however. Last year, the tour visited in September.

''Green and fairways are much softer than last year and pretty wet at the moment,'' she said.

Perhaps no player in the field hopes to take more advantage of that than Creamer.

One of the most popular players on tour, she hasn't won since the 2010 U.S. Open.

''I just say it like that, ''I haven't won in a while,'' she said. ''I haven't and I'm reminded of that constantly and I know. It's not like I don't know I haven't held a trophy in my hand for a couple years.

''You know, I think for a while there I thought about it way too much and I'm just trying to become a better player for myself,'' she said, ''trying to get out there and do what I know I can do.''

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

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.

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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

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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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green

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

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Reportedly fake TIME covers

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