UCLA's Cantlay, No. 1-ranked amateur, reaches U.S. Am final

By Associated PressAugust 27, 2011, 6:16 pm

ERIN, Wis. – Patrick Cantlay’s impressive summer just keeps getting better.

The UCLA star will face Kelly Kraft for the U.S. Amateur championship after both players won their semifinal matches at Erin Hills on Saturday.

A win in Sunday’s final would be another big step for Cantlay, a player who many are pointing to as a future star in the professional ranks - especially after proving he belonged in an appearance at the U.S. Open.

“It’s been very special,” Cantlay said. “Probably the most fun I’ve ever had in my life.”

Cantlay, the world’s No. 1-ranked amateur, beat Jordan Russell 4 and 3 on Saturday. Kraft, of Denton, Texas, beat England’s Jack Senior 3 and 2 in the other semifinal.

Kraft, 22, has played out his eligibility at SMU but still has a year of school left. He’ll have a tough test in the final against a player with Cantlay’s credentials, but says he’s up for the challenge.

“We’re both playing the same golf course tomorrow, and we’ve both made it this far, so we’re both playing pretty good,” Kraft said. “I like my chances out there tomorrow.”

After stroke play to set the field earlier in the week, the remainder of the tournament is conducted in a match play format. Cantlay and Kraft will play 36 holes in Sunday’s final, with the first 18-hole round beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Cantlay, 19, is going into his sophomore season at UCLA. He was the low amateur at the U.S. Open, tying for 21st place. He also tied for 24th at the Travelers Championship in June, shooting a 10-under 60 in the second round.

Cantlay currently sits atop the world amateur rankings maintained by golf’s R&A governing body.

The second, third and fourth-ranked players, Americans Jordan Spieth, Peter Uihlein and Patrick Rodgers, all were defeated in Friday’s quarterfinals. Uihlein was the defending U.S. Amateur champion.

Uihlein beat Cantlay in the semifinals of the 2010 U.S. Amateur.

“I didn’t feel nearly as nervous as I did in the semifinal this year as I did last year, so I think that has something to do with the all the tournaments I’ve played,” Cantlay said.

Cantlay’s match with Russell was all square after six holes, but Cantlay birdied the 617-yard, par-5 seventh hole to go 1-up in the match. Cantlay bogeyed the next hole but still added to his lead as Russell took a double bogey.

“That kind of got me started,” Cantlay said.

Cantlay never relinquished the lead from there.

“Once Patrick got the momentum, he just played like he always does,” Russell said.

Russell, 22, from Texas A&M, beat Uihlein in the quarterfinals; Uihlein called Russell the “most underrated player in college golf.”

“This week was great,” Russell said. “I mean, making it this far, I had some really tough matches early on and played really well in two others.”

Kraft took the lead on the third hole and never trailed again to Senior, who was trying to become the first English player to win the U.S. Amateur since Harold Hilton in 1911.

“I still have one more round to go tomorrow, so I don’t want to get too high before then,” Kraft said. “Kind of want to keep it at an even keel until then, and then I can hopefully do some celebrating after tomorrow.”

 

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Rose leads with play stopped in Indonesia; Snedeker withdraws

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.

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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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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Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open


Trump golf properties

Vandalism

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Finances


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

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Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

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

Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.