Three Tie for US Amateur Lead

By Associated PressAugust 19, 2002, 4:00 pm
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- Conner Robbins of Bremerton, Wash., Zach Atkinson of Coppell, Texas, and Alan Weant of Germantown, Tenn., shot 5-under 65s Monday in the opening round of stroke play at the 102nd U.S. Amateur.
Just 26 of 312 players were under par on Oakland Hills' two courses.
John Klauk of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Jeremy Lyons of Glenwood City, Wis., and Jerry Courville of Milford, Conn., were the only golfers to break 70 on the famed, and much more difficult South Course, which has played host to six U.S. Opens and will be the site of the Ryder Cup in 2004.
Both Klauk and Lyons shot 67s along with Bill Haas, son of pro Jay Haas, of Greer, S.C., Russ Cunningham of DeWitt, Mich., D.J. Trahan of Inman, S.C., and Camilo Benedetti of Gainesville, Fla.
Courville was in a group of seven at 2 under, including Kevin Stadler, son of pro Craig Stadler, of Engelwood, Colo.
Joseph Bramlett ' at 14 years, 4 months and 12 days ' became the youngest to compete in the U.S. Amateur. The Saratoga, Calif. native shot a 7-over 77.
Robbins, a 22-year-old senior at Washington, had six birdies and a bogey in hitting 17 greens.
``I kind of felt good coming in here, but you don't expect to shoot 5 under on a course like this in a tournament like this,'' Robbins said.
Weant, a 21-year-old junior at Memphis, had six birdies ' four on the four par-3s ' and one bogey.
``I posted a good score and it gives me a little bit of room to work with,'' Weant said.
Atkinson, a 20-year-old junior at North Texas, made seven birdies and had two bogeys.
``I'll be feeling good going over to the South Course,'' Atkinson said. ``I felt like I needed to make some ground up here because the South is really tough.''
Ben Hogan, who won the 1951 U.S. Open at Oakland Hills, dubbed the course: ``The Monster.''
The rough is 2 1/2 inches when members of the private club play, but it's about twice as thick this week as the USGA toughened up the course to make it match the conditions of the 1996 U.S. Open played here.
Klauk, who has completed his eligibility at Texas, was 4 under after hitting the first nine greens, but was 1 over on the back nine.
``If you hit it in the rough, you're hacking it out,'' said Klauk, who won the Western Amateur two weeks ago. ``I bogeyed 11 and that was the first time I hit it in the rough. I walked away from it, then when I went back, I had to search around for it.''
After 18 holes on Tuesday, the field will be cut to 64 for the match-play portion of the tournament. There will be one round of match play each day, with two rounds Thursday, leading up to Sunday's 36-hole final.
The winner will get his name on the Havemeyer Trophy alongside stars such as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson as well as Hall of Famers Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Bobby Jones.
If the winner remains an amateur, he gets an automatic berth into the next U.S. Open and traditionally has been invited to play in the following Masters.
Ben Dickerson is not eligible to defend his title because he turned professional.
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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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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