Rose birdies 5 of last 6 holes at Travelers

By Associated PressJune 25, 2010, 4:05 am

CROMWELL, Conn. – Justin Rose birdied five of his final six holes for a 6-under 64 and a share of the first-round lead Thursday in the Travelers Championship.

Rose, the Memorial winner three weeks ago who failed to qualify for the U.S. Open last week at Pebble Beach, missed a 12-foot birdie putt on 18, leaving him tied with morning starters Padraig Harrington, Charlie Wi and Mathew Goggin.

Rose was 1 under through 12 holes, before making his run, which included a 34-foot birdie putt on 17.

“I was more than happy to walk off there with a par,” he said. “But sometimes when things are going your way, you roll in a 30-footer and suddenly, I was like, ‘Things are going right now.”’

Harrington and Rose are trying to run Europe’s tour winning streak to four.

“As I’ve been saying for quite a while, European golf is very strong and there’s a lot of good young players finding their way in the game, learning how to win, given the opportunity,” Harrington said. “You’ve seen three in the last three weeks and a few others during the year.”

Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell won the big prize last week at the U.S. Open. The Memorial was Rose’s first tour win, and fellow Englishman Lee Westwood won before that at the St. Jude Classic.

Harrington, Goggin and Wi all capitalized on perfect morning conditions, finishing well before high wind and heavy rain hit the area in the afternoon, forcing a 90-minute delay.

Harrington birdied his first three holes and was 4 under at the turn.

Goggin made his run on the back nine, birdieing Nos. 13, 15 and 17.

Both Goggin and Wi played bogey-free rounds. Wi made four back-nine birdies, including three straight on 12, 13 and 14 to pull into even.

“The conditions were perfect when we teed off,” Wi said. “The wind didn’t start blowing until about the seventh hole so I was able to make some birdies when the conditions were perfect.”

Vijay Singh shot a 65 in the afternoon despite wind gusts in the area of up to 25 mph.

“It wasn’t totally into us, except for six holes, I think,” Singh said. “It wasn’t awfully bad. It was gusty, but if you timed it well, it wasn’t that bad.”

Six others also shot 65s, including 50-year-old former U.S. Open champion Corey Pavin, who hit all 14 fairways in regulation.

“It’s really important to hit the fairways, keep it in play, hit some nice shots into the greens and take a birdie when you can get it,” he said. “And it’s not a course generally where the scoring is tremendously low, but it can be, but you have to play smart golf here and play your own game.”

Last year, Kenny Perry won by shooting 22-under par. Harrington said knowing scores could go that low forced some aggressive play.

“You got to think you got to make birdies,” Harrington said. “You really do. You gotta poach first and take your chance every now and again that you will get yourself in trouble, but hopefully you’ll recover. But you’ve gotta take a chance to make plenty of birdies.”

The shot of the day came from Chad Campbell, who used a 6-iron to ace the 165-yard 16th hole. Campbell knocked the ball just above the pin and watched it roll back into the cup.

“There wasn’t much reaction on the green,” he said. “We didn’t know if it was going in. It was so early, it was pretty much just marshals back there. We didn’t know for sure it was in.”

Campbell said he has 10 aces in his life and this was his second on tour. It was the 30th ace in the history of the Connecticut tournament.

For his effort, Campbell won a $50,000 shopping spree at a jewelry store.

He followed the ace with a birdie on 17, and finished the first round at 3 under, three shots off the lead.

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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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