Price leads seniors to victory in Three-Tour Challenge
Price shot a 5-under 31 to top the field of nine golfers and lead the Champions team to victory over the first nine holes at Rio Secco Golf Club. He also led the team with a 2-under 34 for the second nine.
The Champions team won $200,000 for carding an 11-under total over the first nine holes compared to 8 under for the PGA Tour threesome and 1 over for the LPGA team. The PGA Tour and LPGA squads each earned $100,000.
For the back nine holes, the Champions won $300,000 with a 6-under effort while the LPGA and PGA Tour both finished at 5 under. The LPGA and PGA Tour teams split $150,000 for tying on the back nine.
Price was backed by strong efforts from Champions teammates Jay Haas and Fred Funk. Haas went 4 under for the front nine and 2 under for the back, while Funk was 2 under for both nines.
I hit my irons great today, Price said. My distance control was good and I was dialed in. And then I made a couple of nice putts early on. I was a little jumpy on the back because we had some tough pins, but I holed some really nice putts, some very key putts.
I was really happy with the way I played. Maybe the way I played on the front nine lifted the guys for the back nine.
Price and Haas had one bogey each while Funk didnt have one over 18 holes. But Price and Haas both followed their bogeys with birdies.
Price followed his bogey on 11 with a birdie on the par-3 12th that missed being a hole-in-one by 3 feet. Haas bogeyed the 13th and then recovered with a birdie on the par-4 14th.
Its always nice to bounce back that quickly after making a bogey, Price said. I really felt like I shouldnt have made a bogey because I played so well.
Kenny Perry led the PGA Tour team with 6-under 66 (32-34) and was followed by Stewart Cink at 67 (34-33) and Rocco Mediate with a 69 (34-35).
Natalie Gulbis and Cristie Kerr tied for the LPGA scoring lead with 67s. Gulbis, who played in her first event after missing two months with a back injury, had a 34 on the front nine, while Kerr opened with a 35.
Kerrs birdie on the 18th hole allowed the LPGA to tie the PGA. Helen Alfredsson, the LPGAs third golfer, carded a 78 (40-38) that included a 4-over 7 on No. 6.
Alfredssons tee shot landed on a rocky hill that was right of the hole. Her next shot landed on the green, but it was about 45 feet from the hole.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
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.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
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
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.
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
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18