Tom Watson: Porthcawl tougher than Hoylake

By Associated PressJuly 23, 2014, 4:58 pm

PORTHCAWL, Wales – Tom Watson, one of the all-time masters of links golf with five British Open championships under his belt, has taken to his heart Royal Porthcawl, the venue for the British Senior Open starting on Thursday.

''This is a great test of golf, I fell in love with it immediately,'' said Watson, a three-time British Seniors winner.

He tees up in the first two rounds with Fred Couples and Colin Montgomerie, winner of the year's first two senior majors, the Senior PGA and the U.S. Senior Open.

''Knowing where you can hit the ball is a key factor in links golf, simply because it runs so far, and this course is in great shape and will prove a true test, especially if the wind blows.''

Champion in 2003, 2005 and 2007 at Turnberry, Royal Aberdeen and Muirfield respectively, Watson arrived at Porthcawl fresh from shooting a 4-under-par 68 in the final round of the British Open, won by Rory McIlroy at Hoylake on Sunday.

Tee times: 2014 Senior Open Championship

''This is tougher than Hoylake was,'' Watson said. ''It really is a wonderful, wonderful golf course. Actually, I talked to Peter Dawson of the R&A about playing an Open Championship here and he said the course itself could certainly handle it, but they don't have the infrastructure.''

Montgomerie, also seeing Royal Porthcawl for the first time, comes into the event full of confidence, and on course to match Gary Player's trio of senior majors in 1988.

Montgomerie pointed to his putting as the bedrock of his current form.

''If you look at the stats, I was leading the putting stats on the Champions Tour for the first three months,'' he said. ''My best putting stats when I was winning the Order of Merit over here - I think I was 30th one year. That gives you huge confidence to stand on the next tee and hit your shot.''

Defending champion Mark Wiebe plays the first two rounds alongside Bernhard Langer, who he beat in a five-hole playoff at Royal Birkdale last year, and Miguel Angel Jimenez, who won the Greater Gwinnett title in Duluth, Ga., on his Champions Tour debut in April.

Unlike Monty, Wiebe is short on confidence.

''I've had an awfully tough year. I've had injuries and have never withdrawn from so many tournaments before,'' Wiebe said.

Jimenez was upbeat about his chances: ''A senior major would be very nice, so maybe we'll start with this one,'' said the popular Spaniard.

Corey Pavin, with a second and two thirds in previous British Seniors, plays his first two rounds with Wales' favorite golfing son, Ian Woosnam, and England's Roger Chapman, the winner of the Senior PGA and British Seniors two years ago.

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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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Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Trump golf properties


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Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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Pros comment on the president

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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