Sun comes out Prugh surges at Hope Classic

By Associated PressJanuary 24, 2010, 2:02 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP)—Alex Prugh ’s last name rhymes with “Who?”

That’s a good question—and a good young player leading the Bob HopeClassic.

The 25-year-old PGA Tour rookie surged ahead when the sun finally came outSaturday, shooting a 7-under 65 on the tough La Quinta course to take aone-stroke lead over Bubba Watson and fellow tour rookie Martin Flores .

With his third straight remarkably consistent round in the five-round,four-course tournament, Prugh pulled ahead at 21-under 195. Yet if the formerUniversity of Washington star had any strong feelings after his second straightbogey-free round, Prugh wasn’t letting on.

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“I was almost bored with myself a little bit,” said Prugh, who trailedWatson by two strokes entering the third round. “It’s not a bad thing. I washitting the driver very well, and I kept on hitting fairway after fairway. …Boring rounds are actually fine with me.”

Prugh thinks the pro-am format keeps him away from any mental dangers thatmight otherwise arise from leading a PGA Tour tournament after three rounds.Perhaps helping amateurs with their game prevents him from overthinking his own.

Whatever the magic formula, Prugh is the first rookie to lead a round at theevent since John Senden took the second-round lead in the 2002 tournamenteventually won by Phil Mickelson .

“I’m just trying to entertain my amateur partners as well as I can, andhopefully they get their money’s worth when they’re out here,” Prugh said.

Flores was every bit as impressive as Prugh, shooting the second straight 65of his bogey-free tournament to pull into a tie with second-round leader Watson(68), who rallied after a slow start on the Arnold Palmer Private course.

Joe Ogilvie (68) was four strokes back at 17 under. Chad Collins (69), TimClark (67) and Bill Haas (66) were 16 under, and Mike Weir (67) was 15 under.

After rain washed out play Thursday and threatened Friday, the playersfinally reveled in perfect Palm Springs scoring weather. Amateurs, celebritiesand pros alike were thrilled to see fewer fairway marshes and more sturdygreens, but two unheralded rookies made the biggest splashes by crowding aroundWatson, who’s also seeking his first PGA Tour victory.

The long-hitting Watson was in prime position to pull away a bit after doingwell on the two tougher courses during the rainy first two days, but he was 1over after eight holes on the Palmer course Saturday before stringing togetherfour birdies on the back nine. Although he’s touting a new mental attitude thisseason, Watson couldn’t help jabbing himself after wasting a chance.

“I just played bad,” said Watson, the tour’s second-longest driver lastyear. “The 68 was getting a lot out of my round today, so I’m not mad at a 68.It’s just (that) I wanted to play better. My caddie kept yelling at me, tryingto get me to pay attention and stay focused. I just hung in there.”

After finishing 72nd last week at the Sony Open, Prugh played as well as aPacific Northwest native might be expected to do on the Hope Classic’s two rainydays. He shot an opening-round 64 on the easier Nicklaus Private course at PGAWest, followed by a steady 66 on Friday at the Palmer course.

Prugh has played 41 straight holes without a bogey, while the 27-year-oldFlores has yet to make a bogey in the tournament. The Texas native seemed a bitmore excited than Prugh about the auspicious debuts of two Nationwide Tourregulars last year.

“There’s a first for everything, and I just seemed to be very comfortablein this situation for some reason,” said Flores, whose last bogey was on the17th hole of his final round at the Sony Open last week. “I don’t know why thatis. I never want to come off as arrogant, but … I’m just confident in my game,and I like that right now.”

Prugh and Flores both played on the Nationwide Tour last year. Prugh won theNew Zealand Open and earned his PGA Tour card by finishing 16th on the moneylist, while Flores didn’t do particularly well in his nine starts, but earnedhis card by finishing fourth at the national qualifying tournament.

After two weeks, Prugh hasn’t found the PGA Tour competition to be a wholelot stiffer than on the Nationwide Tour. With none of the tour’s top 35 playersin the Hope Classic field, he might have a point.

“The competition level is very similar,” Prugh said. “I think you’re verywell prepared after coming out of there.”

DIVOTS: Sony Open winner Ryan Palmer has rallied after his opening 72,moving up from 93rd place to a tie for 15th with a 64 on the Nicklaus course.… Haas is the son of Jay Haas , the 1988 Hope winner. … Kevin Steelman hadlowest round Saturday, a 63 on the Nicklaus course. He was 9 under overall.

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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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