Watson 1 shot back at Senior Players Championship

By Associated PressOctober 2, 2009, 9:10 am

TIMONIUM, Md. (AP)' Tom Watson 's performance in the pro-am portion of the Senior Players Championship was typical of a player who had just taken three weeks off.

He plunked the ball in the water, had trouble staying in the fairway and putted miserably.

Fortunately, no one was keeping score.

When it came time to play for real Thursday, Watson shot a 4-under 66 to finish tied with Jay Haas in second place, one stroke behind unheralded Lonnie Nielsen after the opening round of the final major tournament on the Champions Tour.

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AP - Sep 27, 6:26 pm EDT Sandy Lyle shot a 67, and four others, including Bob Tway and Dan Forsman , were tied for fifth at 68.

Watson made four birdies on the front nine, then added another on No. 12 before getting his only bogey on 13. Despite missing a 3-foot birdie putt on No. 18 that would have lifted him into a tie for the lead, the 60-year-old star had absolutely no complaints.

It was like night and day between yesterday and today, Watson said. In the pro-am, I played like Sam Sausage and today I played pretty darn well. I made a lot of good shots and made some good putts. It was just a good day all around.

Watson stepped back into prominence last July when he finished second at the British Open. Although that proved he still had the talent to compete with golfers half his age, he still hasn't won on the Champions Tour this season.

That could change this week at the Baltimore Country Club, regardless of his showing in the pro-am.

It's a little different playing on Thursday than it is playing on Wednesday, Watson said.

He got off to a solid start when it counted, dropping in an 8-foot par putt on the first hole and adding a breaking, downhill 25-footer on No. 2.

Making that 8-foot putt was a real positive, Watson said. Then I made a good putt on the next hole. I was just trying to get it close, and it goes in. That gets you off on exactly the right foot. It kind of opens the door.

Nielsen birdied four of the first six holes and added birdies on Nos. 9, 12, 14 and 15. He also had bogeys on 7, 13 and 17.

I always make a few bogeys, so three was not out of the ordinary for me. But eight birdies sure was, he said. I was lucky today. When I hit a good shot, I hit it in the right place. The key to the day was having so many putts up the hills, and relatively easy ones.

It's only the third time in 154 career starts on the Champions Tour that Nielsen has held sole possession of the lead after the first round. He has two top-10 finishes in 21 tournaments this year, including a victory in the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in late June.

Seeing Watson and Haas on the leaderboard came as no surprise.

I can think of better guys I'd rather have chasing me than Tom Watson and Jay Haas, that's for sure, Nielsen said. But on a course like this, the cream is going to rise to the top, and we expect Tom and Jay to both play well. The tougher the course, the better the chance they're going to be up there.

Haas was 6 under and enjoying a bogey-free round until he hit a drive into the fairway bunker on No. 17 and two-putted from 30 feet. Then, on 18, he drove into the right rough and couldn't muscle it up to the green, which resulted in a second straight bogey.

I was playing pretty flawlessly up to that point, he said. If I'd have made my two bogeys somewhere else and birdied the last two, I'd feel a whole lot different than I do right now. I still can't be discouraged with 66; I played really well.

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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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