Stadler increases lead to three through 36 in France

By Associated PressJuly 4, 2014, 6:30 pm

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France – Kevin Stadler increased his lead at the French Open to three strokes by shooting a 3-under 68 in the second round on Friday.

The American made six birdies and dropped three shots, including a double bogey on his last hole, for a 10-under 132 total.

''I wasn't expecting to play this well obviously, but I enjoyed the golf course,'' Stadler said. ''I thought it was a course that suited me from the very beginning.''

Stadler was making his French Open debut but quickly got a good feel for this punishing golf course that will host the Ryder Cup in 2018.

Frenchman Victor Riu (67) was in second place, two strokes clear of 2012 winner Marcel Siem (72). Defending champion Graeme McDowell (69) and U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer (68) stayed in contention, respectively tied for fourth and 11th, while Thomas Bjorn and George Coetzee missed the cut.

''(If) he keeps playing (like) that, he's going to be tough to catch,'' McDowell said about Stadler.

Stadler had a six-stroke cushion after 16 holes Friday and was on course to tie the record for the tournament's lowest score after the first two rounds, set by Seve Ballesteros with 130 in 1985.



But he failed to find the fairway with his first three shots on the par-5 No. 9, then sent the ball into the bunker with his fourth.

''Been struggling the last couple months, but I had a nice week off last week,'' Stadler said. ''I pretty much just completely got away from it, didn't really touch a club other than one day, and got over here, and just kind of recharged the batteries a little bit. The swing flaws kind of disappear when you don't touch a club too often, and I felt comfortable from the get-go once I got here.''

Stadler won the Phoenix Open in February and tied for eighth at the Masters in April.

Craig Stadler, Kevin's father, won the Masters in 1982 and shared 22nd place at the French Open in 1987.

''I just read recently that he played here,'' Stadler said. ''I didn't know he played here. So we didn't talk about it at all.''

Siem finished the first round one stroke behind Stadler, but lost further ground by making five bogeys and four birdies.

''The 10-under, when you see that all day long on the scoreboard this morning with no wind, I just tried to keep up there,'' Siem said. ''I just tried to equalize that. Just tried to shoot 4-under today. That was the problem. You have to be very, very patient on this golf course, otherwise it kills you, and that's what happened today.''

Jose Maria Olazabal, the 2001 champion, retired because of a back injury.

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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

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