Rollins back to defend Reno-Tahoe Open title

By Associated PressJuly 15, 2010, 3:06 am

Reno-Tahoe OpenRENO, Nevada – John Rollins admits he would rather be at St. Andrews playing in the British Open this weekend.

Still, he’s not complaining about a return trip to the Sierra Nevada where he won the $3 million Reno-Tahoe Open last year after tying for second the year before.

The 34-year-old Rollins matched the course record with a second-round 62 on the way to his third career PGA Tour victory last year at Montreux Golf & Country Club.

“It is a fun tournament. It’s got a different feel. It’s just kind of laid back, sort of a relaxed atmosphere out there this week and we’ve got a good golf course on top of it,” he said after a practice round Wednesday at the Jack Nicklaus-designed course that winds through towering pines and mountain streams a half hour from Lake Tahoe.

“It’s got to be one of the prettiest golf courses we play all year with the mountains and the fairways. I’m hoping I can draw off the good vibes that I have here and jump start a decent finish to the season,” said Rollins, who is currently ranked No. 116, while he is 70th on the tour money list with $779,621.

Because he failed to qualify for the British Open, Rollins will tee it up Thursday in a field that includes eight other past Reno champions – Parker McLachlin (2008), Steve Flesch (2007), Will MacKenzie (2006), Vaughn Taylor (2004-05), Kirk Triplett (2003), Chris Riley (2002) and Notah Begay III (1999).

In past years, the 12-year-old Reno tourney was played in August opposite a World Golf tournament usually in Ohio. It’s one of the so-called encumbered tournaments opposite other majors or World Golf events that attract the top players.

“It’s an opportunity for a rookie or a second or third-year guy who hasn’t won yet, where his status is kind of year to year,” Rollins said. “Guys are really fighting for their jobs and it gives them that extra tournament to possibly win and stay exempt or solidify their job for a couple more years.”

Chad Campbell is the only player in the field in the top 100 of the rankings, at No. 93. Taylor, who ranks 103rd, finished sixth last week at the John Deere Classic after a tie for ninth at the Travelers and tie for 11th at the AT&T National.

Stuart Appleby, who has eight career victories, is making his debut at Reno. Others in the field include Chris DiMarco, Steve Elkington, Jason Gore, Woody Austin, Tim Herron, Scott McCarron and Shaun Micheel, the 2003 PGA Championship winner who was fourth last week at the Deere.

“I’m kind of rooting for the old guys,” said McCarron, who used to live in Reno and is still a member of Montreux. “Guys like myself and Kirk Triplett, Steve Elkington, Mark Brooks. You’ve got a lot of veteran players that are playing here this week who have very good records.”

McCarron is serving as the formal tournament host and been helping this week to try to recruit a title sponsor that might make it possible to some day move to its own date.

“The tournament could be a stand-alone with a big sponsor-type event. The players love coming here,” McCarron said.

Rick George, the PGA tour’s executive vice president and chief of operations, said he chose to forego a trip to the British Open this year so he could visit Reno.

“I wanted to see the product we have here. It is an important event on our schedule,” George said Wednesday. “This tournament has elevated itself in a lot of ways already. The only missing piece is the title sponsor. It’s a great golf course that our players love. It’s really a first-class event.”

With it’s wide fairways, the 7,472-yard Montreux ranked as the third easiest course on tour to hit the fairway off the tee (following Silver Rock and Pebble Beach) but was second toughest only to Harbour Town to hit the greens from 150 to 175 yards out.

“You’ve go to be accurate because these greens are tough to hit and the greens are very difficult to read,” McCarron said. “This golf course is built on such a severe slope that there are a lot of optical illusions out there.”

Rollins said the hills take a toll by the end of the day.

“I don’t get to carry an oxygen mask with me so it’s always tough,” he said after Wednesday’s practice round. “I need like a 20-second time out just to catch my breath.”

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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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Finances


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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.