Thompson opens with 63 in Navistar defense

By Associated PressSeptember 21, 2012, 12:52 am

PRATTVILLE, Ala. – Lexi Thompson made a little more history Thursday in the Navistar LPGA Classic, opening her title defense with a career-best 9-under 63 to match the tournament record.

Last year, Thompson became the youngest champion in LPGA history at age 16, winning by five strokes. Fifteen-year-old amateur Lydia Ko broke the record last month in the Canadian Women's Open.

Thompson had nine birdies in her bogey-free round on the links-style Senator course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Capitol Hill complex. She missed only one green in regulation and had 26 putts.

''It feels really good getting a first round of 63 under my belt, but you just have to take it one shot at a time,'' Thompson said. ''Can't get ahead of yourself in this game, so just going to hope to play like I did today for the next three rounds.''

Mika Miyazato and Lindsey Wright shot 63 in the 2010 event. Thompson's previous best score on the LPGA was a 65 in the final round of the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic.

She missed a birdie putt on the 18th hole by about 6 inches.

''I wasn't thinking about the course record, I was just trying to put a good stroke on it like every other putt,'' she said.

Lizette Salas and Hee Young Park were tied for second at 65 in the final full-field event of the year.

Following the pattern Thompson set last year en route to her lone LPGA victory, she had breakfast at the Waffle House down the street from the course. The plate of egg whites, wheat toast, hash browns and bacon was prepared specially by Thompson's favorite cook, Valerie Perry.

''Well Valerie, she's the main cook there and she sings, so it keeps me relaxed, keeps me laughing before my round,'' Thompson said. ''It's a good atmosphere. ... She sings Justin Bieber 'Baby' pretty good, but puts 'bacon' instead of 'baby.' It's pretty funny.''

In the 2009 tournament as a 14-year-old amateur, she was tied for the lead after two rounds before finishing 27th. She was 16th in 2010.

''I love being here in Alabama,'' Thompson said. ''I'm really comfortable out here. ... (The course) definitely rewards good shots, and that's what I like.''

Thompson averaged more than 266 yards on the two measured driving holes.

''She really hits it far,'' said top-ranked Yani Tseng, Thompson's playing partner for the first two rounds. ''On the par 3s, she's hitting a 9-iron and I'm hitting an easy 7. It was a lot of fun watching her.''

Salas, 61st on the money list in her rookie season, had nine birdies and two bogeys in her best tour round.

''I started seeing camera guys coming up and I'm like, 'Uh, oh, here we go,''' Salas said. ''The nerves always kick in. I just wanted to stay calm and do my thing. I got up and down on 18, and it was a good, solid day.''

Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez has mentored Salas.

''It's just great to have the support from a Hall of Famer who you've looked up to not only on the golf side but outside of the golf course,'' Salas said. ''She's just a great role model not just for me but for all the young players out here.''

Third-ranked Stacy Lewis was three strokes back at 66 along with Karen Stupples, Amanda Blumenherst, Wendy Ward and Mi Hyang Lee.

''It was actually a pretty frustrating 66,'' said Lewis, a two-time winner this year. ''I had a ton of putts go right over the edge and just lip out.''

Tseng and Michelle Wie were eight strokes behind at 71.

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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.

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