Stricker Kelly capture Shark Shootout

By Associated PressDecember 14, 2009, 1:37 am

NAPLES, Fla. – Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly won the Shark Shootout by a stroke on Sunday.

Stricker made an eagle on the par-5 17th – hitting the second shot and the putt – to give them the lead.

Kenny Perry and J.B. Holmes, who had been in the lead most of the day, both missed birdie putts on No. 18 that would have forced a playoff in the scramble format.

“It’s another feather in our cap,” said Stricker, the world’s No. 3 player who won three times on the PGA Tour this year. “This is a lot of fun. We came here to have fun and to play well at the same time, and we did that.”

Kelly and Stricker, who carried a one-shot lead into the day’s play, split $750,000 out of the $3 million purse.

“We were a very good team,” Kelly said. “It didn’t seem like we were consistently in there with two really good birdie chances, but one of us always seemed to step up.”

Both Kelly and Stricker missed a lengthy birdie putt on No. 18 before Perry and Holmes both missed a 12-footer.

“We just let it get away,” said Perry, whose team had a three-shot lead over Kelly and Stricker with five holes to play.

Chad Campbell and Tim Clark, and Justin Leonard and Scott Verplank also finished at 25-under 191 to tie with Perry and Holmes.

It was the second Shootout title for Kelly, who also won with Rod Pampling in 2006.

Perry was trying to join Fred Couples and Steve Elkington by winning the Shootout three times with three different partners. Perry won with Scott Hoch last year, but Hoch could not play this year after undergoing wrist surgery.

Perry and Holmes eagled the par-5 first hole, and birdied 11 of the next 13 to get to 25 under.

“It was on cruise control,” Perry said.

But they parred the last four holes. They were within 100 yards on the par-4 15th, and had a 5-footer for birdie on No. 16, but couldn’t convert.

“All of a sudden, the momentum kind of swung,” Perry said. “That’s kind of the beauty of a scramble. You’re never really done until you’re done in this deal.”

Stricker and Kelly struggled at the start, as they did during Saturday’s best-ball format. They made par on three straight holes in the middle of the front nine before making five straight birdies, then two pars. But they birdied Nos. 14, 15 and 16, and then made the eagle on No. 17.

Rickie Fowler turned 21 on Sunday, and the crowd on No. 18 sang “Happy Birthday” as his group approached the green.

Clark made the first hole-in-one since the event moved to Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in 2001. He used a 6-iron on the 183-yard No. 12.

Tournament host Greg Norman didn’t play in his event for the first time in its 21 years after having right shoulder surgery in September.

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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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