Price takes two-stroke lead in Newport

By Associated PressMarch 13, 2011, 6:27 am
Champions Tour

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – Nick Price followed his record-tying first round with a 3-under 68 on Saturday at Newport Beach Country Club to take a two-stroke lead in the Toshiba Classic.

The 54-year-old Price had four birdies and a bogey a day after matching the Champions Tour record with a career-best 11-under 60. Seeking his fourth victory on the 50-and-over tour, Price had a 14-under 128 total.

“I think after a good round you tend to play a little cautiously,” Price said. “I felt like I played two shots better than I did.”

Mark Wiebe was second after his second straight 65.

“Nick is a great player and I’m going to have to do some magic,” said Wiebe, a two-time winner on the Champions Tour. “We’ll have to see what I have in my bag of tricks.”

Japanese star Joe Ozaki (64) and Mark O’Meara (67) were 10 under, and defending champion Fred Couples (67) was 9 under along with Michael Allen (64) and Tom Pernice Jr. (65).

Price, five strokes ahead after the first round, played 28 holes without a bogey before dropping a stroke on the par-4 11th. He had a chance to get it back the next hole, but missed a short putt.

“I felt like I put a good stroke on it,” Price said. It’s hard to miss the hole from a foot and a half. I think it had to have hit something.”

In the first round, Ozaki hadn’t heard from Yoshie, who was back in Tokyo enduring the earthquake and aftershocks. She called him Friday night and assured him that she was fine. Able to relax, Ozaki rattled off seven birdies in the round, four from 20 feet or longer.

“I wasn’t really nervous,” Ozaki said through an interpreter. “I knew if something happened, somebody would call.”

Gil Morgan had a 64, matching his age, to join Robert Thompson (66), Jeff Sluman (66) and Olin Browne (66) at 8 under. Bernard Langer, tied for second after an opening 65, had a 73 to drop into a tie for 34th at 4 under. Ian Baker-Finch struggled again in his Champions Tour debut, following an opening 74 with a 79.

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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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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