Phil Mickelson salvages round with strong finish

By Associated PressAugust 27, 2009, 4:00 pm
The Barclays JERSEY CITY, N.J. ' Phil Mickelson salvaged a 1-under 70 on Thursday in the first round of The Barclays at Liberty National, birdieing three of his final seven holes and hitting a trademark flop shot to inches for a closing par.
 
I had a great day with my putter, said Mickelson, who has an endorsement deal with Barclays and is a Liberty National member. I didnt make anything outside 10 feet, but I made everything inside of 7, 8 feet. Thats critical for me.
 
Though he belongs to the ultra-exclusive club, he admitted hed never seen some of the back tee boxes on the 7,419-yard layout until this week.
 
Because its such a tight golf course, having to play from those yardages is very difficult, the three-time major winner said. But you know, everybody has got to do it this week. I just dont do it when I have a choice.
 
Lefty had a bit of scare when he jarred his left elbow during a mid-round stretch when he dropped four strokes in five holes.
 
I stung my elbow, he said. It hurt for a few holes. On nine, I had to hit a shot hard out of the rough and the rough is pretty thick and heavy. I jarred my elbow. It feels a little bit better. I dont think it will be an issue.
 
Mickelson, who took six weeks off earlier this summer after his wife and mother were diagnosed with breast cancer, is taking time to soak in the sights at the waterfront course and on his way back and forth from his Manhattan hotel.
 
I love going by the Statue of Liberty every night. Thats cool, he said. Every morning we cruise right by it on the ferry and same thing going back. It makes me appreciate where we live. We live in the greatest place.
 

 
DIPLOMACY: Robert Allenby passed on a chance to criticize the course ' sort of.
 
I really dont know how to answer that in the right way because I could really get myself into a lot of trouble, the Australian said, when asked about Liberty Nationals tricky greens after his opening 3-under 68.
 
He did offer a telling sarcastic jab after struggling to detail his round. I cant remember which holes which, Allenby said. Thats the sign of a great course.
 
Davis Love III looked at the positives.
 
Condition-wise its the best course weve played in a long time, Love said. Its a pretty nice place to come and play, whether you like the third green or not.
 
Love opened with a 70. He parred the difficult par-4 third, holing a 10-foot putt on the small sloping green surrounded by shaved run-off areas.
 
Its hard, Love said. Youre not just going to bunt it around her and make a bunch of birdies. You better get 14 (the 144-yard par 3) and the par 5s.
 
Paul Goydos, tied for the lead with Sergio Garcia and Steve Marino at 65, accepted the hard course for what it is.
 
Its a long, hard golf course with difficult greens, Goydos said. I dont think its meant to be easy, I know that. I dont think (co-designer) Tom Kite was thinking, Lets see how easy I can make this course.
 

 
RETURN TO SENDER: Vijay Singh and Camilo Villegas shot 75s in the first round of the playoffs after combining to win all four events last year.
 
Singh won The Barclays at Ridgewood, then took the Deutsche Bank Championship the following week and went on to win the FedEx Cup.
 
The big Fijian has won The Barclays a record four times, three at Westchester Country Club. Fifty-ninth in the FedEx Cup standings, hes winless this year and has only three top-10 finishes in 19 starts.
 
Villegas, 35th in the points race, won the final two FedEx Cup events ' the BMW Championship and Tour Championship ' and finished second in the playoff standings.
 

 
BADA BING: The Gambino crime family had a 150,000-square foot warehouse on the site of Liberty Nationals $60 million clubhouse.
 
To be honest, they were more professional than some other landowners weve dealt with, said Dan Fireman, the son of club founder Paul Fireman.
 

 
OMEGAMAN: Sergio Garcia, tied for the first-round lead with Paul Goydos and Steve Marino after a 6-under 65, will select a partner Friday for the Spanish entry in the Omega Mission Hills World Cup in China on Nov. 26-29.
 
Garcia, seventh in the world ranking, will choose between No. 38 Miguel Angel Jimenez and No. 40 Alvaro Quiros.
 
Garcia has an endorsement deal with Omega and spent four hours Monday at the Swiss watchmakers Fifth Avenue boutique, in part working with children from The First Tee of Metropolitan New York. On Sunday after the tournament, he plans to visit countryman Rafael Nadel at the U.S. Open tennis tournament.
 

 
DIVOTS: Ian Poulter holed out from 120 yards for an eagle on the 442-yard, par-4 fifth. He shot a 67. The top 100 in the FedEx Cup points after the event will be eligible for the Deutsche Bank next week in Norton, Mass. The field will be cut to 70 for the BMW Championship at Cog Hill in Lemont, Ill., and to 30 for the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta.
 
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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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    Trump golf properties

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    Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

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    Finances


    Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

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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.