Steady Slocum grabs lead at McGladrey Classic lead

By Associated PressOctober 10, 2010, 2:59 am

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – No matter what golf course Heath Slocum is playing, his formula for winning doesn’t change. He tries to keep it in the short grass and make as many putts as he can.

And no matter who else is playing, his desire to win isn’t any different, either.

Despite making his first bogey in 50 holes at Sea Island, Slocum posted a third straight round of 4-under 66 on Saturday to build a one-shot lead over Joe Durant and PGA Tour rookie Troy Merritt going into the final round of the new McGladrey Classic.

The last time Slocum won was last year at The Barclays, when a birdie on the final hole gave him a one-shot win over Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington and Steve Stricker.

This Fall Series event had only four players from the top 50 in the world.

“A golf tournament is a golf tournament, no matter if it’s a major, a playoff event or a Fall Series event,” Slocum said. “It means the same to me. “Yeah, the crowds, the media attention and what comes with that … definitely a lot more relaxed here than New York. Ultimately, I think it’s the same. I’ll go out with the same desire to win as I did at The Barclays.”

Slocum’s only bogey came at the 16th, when the sea breeze died as he fired an aggressive 6-iron to a back pin. It went over the green, and he failed to get up-and-down.

Otherwise, he was steady. Slocum has missed only seven fairways all week, a formula he worked out when he first played Sea Island and realized the rough could be unpredictable.

He will play in the final group with Merritt, a PGA Tour rookie who had a bogey-free 64 at just the right time.

Like so many others at this Fall Series event, Merritt is trying to finish among the top 125 on the money list to keep his card. Merritt came into this tournament at No. 123. Durant, who started the year with limited status, is at No. 131. He put himself in the mix by running off four straight birdies toward the end of his front nine for a 68.

Toward the end of another gorgeous day on the Golden Isles, it was a matter of keeping mistakes at a minimum.

David Toms, the 36-hole leader, stumbled twice along the St. Simons Sound. He pitched over the 14th green and had to scramble for bogey, then caught a flier from the rough over the green on the par-5 15th and had made another bogey. Toms shot a 70, but still was only two shots out of the lead going into a Sunday that could be wide open.

Twenty players were separated by five shots going into the last round.

That includes Davis Love III, the tournament host, who thrilled his hometown crowd with a 65. Love is among three players who spent last week in the rain and muck of Celtic Manor for the Ryder Cup. He was a vice captain, and the likely choice to be captain for 2012 when the Ryder Cup returns to America.

For now, he is thinking about winning – and running a tournament.

“Not a whole lot of expectations, but I’ve been hitting it better every day, and now I’m made because I’ve had two bogeys on No. 6 and three bogeys on 16, or I’d be right in the tournament,” Love said. “I’m doing better than I expected, but you know, you’re supposed to play good on your home course.”

Two Ryder Cup players were on their last leg. Zach Johnson shot a 68 and was at 6-under 204, six shots behind, while Matt Kuchar was another shot behind after a 68.

Kuchar is playing his final official event of the year and has a good chance at winning the money title and Vardon Trophy.

“One more round,” he said, wiping his forehead after he finished.

For so many others, their season has a long way to go. Durant was among six players within four shots of the lead who were outside the top 125 on the money list, a group that includes Tom Pernice Jr.

Pernice, who turned 50 last year and won in his debut on the Champions Tour, is adamant about playing against the best. He is skipping a senior major this week to play the Fall Series at No. 142 on the money list, and gave himself a good chance with a 65 to join the large group at 8-under 202.

Love hosted a party for the players earlier this week, and PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem dropped by.

“He said, ‘What are you doing here? Why aren’t you at the (Senior) Players?”’ Pernice said. “I said, ‘Well, I’m trying to get my card out here.’ That’s been by goal from the get-go.”

Slocum is simply trying to win, as he does every week.

He still has another year from winning The Barclays, and at No. 43 on the money list, he is set for all the limited-field events. Slocum wanted to give himself three shots in the Fall Series at winning so he could start his year on Maui, and finish in the top 30 on the money list to earn a trip back to the Masters.

Durant is 46, with four PGA Tour victories, and he played this year on his status as a past champion. This is only his 17th tournament because of a limited schedule, but he feels as though he has been ready to play when he goes into tournaments.

He at least has experience on his side – not only winning, but knowing not to get to preoccupied with the money list.

“There’s no finality to tomorrow,” Durant said.
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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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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.