Thompson returns to scene of LPGA collapse

By Associated PressApril 25, 2012, 6:15 pm

MOBILE, Ala. – Lexi Thompson's last-round Alabama collapse a year ago could be a painful memory. Instead, the talented Florida teenager turned it into a growth experience.

Thompson is back on the Crossings Course at Magnolia Grove for the newly named Mobile Bay LPGA Classic starting on Thursday. In 2011, she shared the lead going into the final round and tumbled to 19th after a closing 78.

''I wouldn't change that Sunday for anything because I learned so much from it, from what I did wrong,'' Thompson said. ''It prepared me for when I got in that position again. It helped me at Navistar and in Dubai. I learned a lot from it and now I know a little more about how to finish it.

''It was disappointing. It took me a few days to get over it. But I learned so much from that Sunday by not winning, so much more probably than if I had won.''

Veteran Maria Hjorth finished with her second straight 67 to win the then-Avnet LPGA Classic.

Thompson definitely built on the experience, enjoying an entirely different experience in her next Alabama event. She won the Navistar LPGA Classic in suburban Montgomery by five strokes in September to become the youngest LPGA tournament winner at age 16.

''It was a really good feeling, just getting that confidence and knowing I can win,'' said Thompson, who also won the Ladies European Tour's Dubai Ladies Masters in December. ''It gave me the confidence going into every tournament, knowing that I can win and wanting that feeling again.''

Twelve days after she wrapped up her first win, LPGA commissioner Mike Whan approved Thompson's petition to become the LPGA's youngest member. That remains her only career Top 10. She missed the cut last weekend at the LPGA Lotte Championship in Hawaii.

Thompson won't have to contend with at least two top players this weekend in the $1.25 million tournament where the winner gets $187,500. Ai Miyazato, fresh from a win, and top-ranked Yani Tseng are skipping the Alabama event.

Tseng has won three of the first seven tournaments this year.

Hjorth returns to the site of her fifth LPGA victory after what turned into a fun family trip last year. Husband Shaun McBride carried her bag and then-2-year-old daughter Emily was on hand.

''It's always great to be back at a place where you've won obviously, and defending is always special,'' Hjorth said. ''There's obviously a lot of memories that come back. You go out there and play and you see a lot of shots that you hit last year and you still see a lot of putts that you made from the tournament.

''And obviously a lot of great memories with my husband on the bag and my daughter ... so it was a nice family get together for the week. Having a win as well was even more amazing.''

She's had a slow start in 2012, missing the cut in two of her six events. Her best finish so far is a 25th-place tie at the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore.

''I feel pretty good about my game and I've worked hard on it, especially my putting,'' Hjorth said. ''Hopefully it will come together. I feel it's very close, and coming out here and having good memories, hopefully that will bring my game up a little bit and have a good finish.''

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

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.

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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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