Thomas Bjorn opens with 64 at Dunhill Links

By Associated PressOctober 1, 2009, 10:50 pm

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ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Thomas Bjorn shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead in the first round of the $5 million Dunhill Links championship on Thursday.

The 38-year-old Dane bounced back from the disappointment of seeing his European team lose the Vivendi Trophy last week to make six birdies and an eagle on the 7,160-yard Kingsbarns layout on the outskirts of St. Andrews.

“I drove the ball fantastic all day and that set it up,” he said, adding that he missed just one fairway, and that only by inches.

“When you drive it as well as I did today, the golf course becomes very simple and for the first time in a long time I rolled in a few putts,” Bjorn said. “It has been a while since I walked off feeling like this.”

Gareth Maybin of Northern Ireland shot a 66, also at Kingsbarns, to share second place with Ross McGowan, who had the best score on The Old Course at St. Andrews.

A group of six on 67 included Scotland’s Richie Ramsay, who only got into the tournament last week when Paul Casey withdrew. Jose Manuel Lara of Spain had a 67 at St. Andrews, where the British Open will be played next year.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, third in this event two years ago, had a 68 at Carnoustie, as did Darren Clarke. Two-time champion Padraig Harrington shot 70 at Carnoustie, where he won the first of his two successive Open titles in 2007.

Defending champion Robert Karlsson struggled to a 76 at Carnoustie, while former champion and European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie shot 73.

The field of 168 play a round on each of the three courses over the first three days before the cut for the final round on The Old Course on Sunday. The champion wins $800,000.

Bjorn captained Europe in a 16 1/2 -11 1/2 loss to Britain and Ireland last week in the Vivendi Trophy, a Ryder Cup-style team event. He is also the chairman of the Players Tournament Committee, and those duties have been taking up a lot of his time.

“I put a lot into last week and there has been a lot of stuff going on this year. These are tough, worrying times with companies cutting sponsorships ,and I have those responsibilities on behalf of the players,” Bjorn said. “But today, nothing was out of synch. Everything came together.”

Starting at the 10th, Bjorn birdied four of his first seven holes. He eagled the long third with a 30-foot putt and birdied two of the next three with good approaches.

McIlroy, who is playing the pro-am side of this event with his father Gerry, was 1 over after four holes but birdied five holes after that.

“This sets me up for a nice week,” he said. “It was a solid start on the toughest course and gives me something to build on.”

McIlroy is third in the lucrative Race to Dubai standings, but with Martin Kaymer and Paul Casey injured, he could pass them both this week.

Harrington admitted that memories of his 2007 Open triumph came flooding back.

“I think on every hole there was something that jogged the memory,” said the Irishman, who has had top-10 finishes in his last six events after missing eight cuts earlier in the year as he remodeled his swing.

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