Roberts birdies final hole to win in New York

By Associated PressJune 28, 2010, 12:17 am

Champions TourENDICOTT, N.Y. – Loren Roberts birdied the final hole Sunday for a closing 7-under 65 to win the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open by one stroke over Fred Funk.

Roberts hit a pitching wedge to 6 feet and made birdie at the 18th hole at En-Joie Golf Club to finish at 15-under 201 and edge Funk, who also shot a 65. It was the 12th victory on the Champions Tour for the 54-year-old Roberts, who rallied from five shots behind with eight holes to play.

Local favorite Wayne Levi (69) tied for third at 13 under with Nick Price (68) and Dan Forsman (71), who bogeyed three of the final five holes to lose the lead he held for most of the day.

Mark Calcavecchia, who turned 50 two weeks ago and was bidding to win his tour debut, never mounted a charge and finished at 12 under and tied with Brad Bryant (71) and Bill Glasson (69).

Ken Green, who shot a 2-over 74 on Saturday as he adjusts to the game wearing a prosthetic device on his lower right leg, withdrew Sunday morning because of pain and said he would not play next week in Montreal.

It was Forsman’s tournament to win, but after making just one bogey over the first two rounds he self-destructed at the end.

Forsman made a pretty 8-foot putt that broke left-to-right and into the hole for birdie at No. 11 to vault into sole possession of the lead at 15 under.

Moments later, Roberts chipped in from the rough for eagle at No. 12 to begin his late surge, and followed that with birdies on the next two holes to move into contention.

Forsman reached 16 under with a birdie putt from inside 2 feet at No. 12 that he nearly missed. He then made bogey at the par-3 14th hole, running his 25-foot putt to within 2 feet of the hole but missing the easy par putt to give Roberts new life.

“My putting has been a little bit of an issue,” Forsman said. “I think that’s what happened down the stretch. I just wasn’t popping the putter as well.”

It was the second straight bogey at 14 for Forsman, and his struggles continued at the next hole when he hit a poor drive, hit his second shot into a greenside bunker and made bogey again.

Roberts birdied No. 16 to gain the lead by a shot but returned the favor at the par-3 17th hole when he drove the rough behind the green and was unable to get up and down.

The five-shot lead Forsman had held over Roberts had vanished in a span of five holes, and when he went to the tee at 16, Forsman was in a three-way tie for the lead, with Price and Levi just a shot behind.

Funk, who started the day five shots off the lead, had four birdies on the front nine as he took advantage of the ideal scoring conditions and his third birdie on the back side, at No. 16, left him within one shot of the lead. Funk drove the green at the par-4, but left his downhill try for eagle just short, then parred the final two holes and watched Roberts win it from the scorer’s tent.

Forsman began the hot, humid day with a one-shot lead over Bryant and was immediately distracted on the par-4 opening hole. Lying 8 feet from the pin after two shots, Forsman had to pull away from his birdie attempt when a yellow butterfly landed on the face of his putter. When he resumed his stance, the butterfly briefly alighted on the cup before flying away, and he missed the putt.

Forsman rallied with birdies at both par-5s on the front nine, lipped out a birdie try at No. 9, and made the turn tied with Price at 14 under.

Price, who lamented two bogeys on the back side of Saturday’s second round, began the day three shots off the lead and quickly moved into contention with eagle at the 554-yard, par-5 third hole. He followed with birdies at Nos. 6 and 7 to move to the top of the leaderboard. Forsman had a chance for eagle at No. 8, but he was poor with a chip-and-roll from the fringe above the pin and had to settle for birdie.

Price’s surge halted in dramatic fashion at the par-5 12th hole, statistically the easiest on the narrow the 6,974-yard course. He drove the trees lining the right side of the fairway and pulled his third shot onto a cart path, where it rolled up against a retaining wall lining a water hazard. Price nearly saved par, but hit his long putt too hard and it bounced off the edge of the cup and stayed out.

“I’ve got to make birdies, I need three maybe four birdies,” Price said as he walked up the 13th fairway after his second shot had landed 8 feet from the pin. “I’m going to try.”

Moments later, his birdie try lipped the left edge of the cup and didn’t drop, and he never recovered, making par at the final six holes.

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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 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.

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