Sleepy Shean drops off at Womens US Open

By Associated PressJuly 10, 2010, 2:46 am

2010 U.S. Women

OAKMONT, Pa. – The sheen’s off.

Kelli Shean, the South African amateur who developed her game in Ernie Els’ youth program, fell out of contention Friday at the U.S. Women’s Open with an 8-over 79. She was a shot off the lead following her surprise 70 on Thursday, which Els watched on TV.

Shean, a University of Arkansas golfer who dates her caddie, never found the groove and rhythm she discovered while being one of only five to break par during the opening round.

She admittedly had trouble sleeping, getting to bed only five hours before her Friday round began at 7 a.m.

Maybe she should have slept in.

“I just couldn’t sleep – the whole thing is just so amazing,” said Shean, who played only one LPGA tournament before qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Open. “Everyone’s going crazy over all this.”

Shean also has a lot more friends than she did a couple of days ago. She received scores of new Facebook friend requests, and she accepted most.

She also was surprised when some hearing-impaired fans joined her early morning gallery to encourage her. Shean has a hearing impairment.

OAKMONT, 18 YEARS LATER: Martha Nause, the oldest player in the 156-golfer field at age 55, first played on the LPGA Tour in 1978. There was always something missing in her career until now: playing at Oakmont.

Nause qualified for the 1992 U.S. Women’s Open at Oakmont, but she developed a virus that resulted in a nervous system disorder and was unable to compete. Despite the illness, she returned to win the du Maurier Classic – then a major – in 1994.

Even after she quit playing regularly on the tour and moved into coaching, she still wanted to play Oakmont. The men’s and women’s golf coach at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., qualified this year and, while she won’t make the cut, did what she first planned 18 years ago.


REACHED HER LIMIT: LPGA Championship winner Cristie Kerr was so tired after spending nearly 5 1/2 hours playing her opening round Thursday, she almost skipped dinner afterward.


“So tired, so tired,” said Kerr, the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open champion. “For example, I could have only one glass of wine last night instead of two or three.”

Uh, that might not be the image the USGA and LPGA are trying to create for impressionable young golfers.

“Just kidding,” Kerr said. “It’s a joke.”

BIG SHOT: Sun Gyong Park, a South Korean amateur, made the 21st hole-in-one in U.S. Women’s Open history on the 141-yard, par-3 sixth hole Friday. But the shot of the day might have been by Stacy Lewis.

Lewis holed out from 160 yards with a 6-iron on the 559-yard fourth hole for an eagle that helped her shoot a 1-under 70, the day’s only sub-par round. That got her to 3-over for the tournament, or three off the lead.

Lewis led the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open after three rounds before finishing five shots behind winner Inbee Park.

JANANGELO WITHDRAWS: Liz Janangelo, a former Duke golfer who regained her LPGA Tour card this year, withdrew with a hip injury three holes into her second round. She shot an opening 84.

Janangelo has missed the cut in six of her seven LPGA events this year and finished in a tie for 62nd in the other.

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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.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

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

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


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Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

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.