Watson shares Champions lead in Georgia

By Associated PressApril 15, 2016, 11:26 pm

DULUTH, Ga. - Tom Watson said farewell to the Masters last week and then went back to work on his swing.

The results have him in position to make PGA Tour Champions history.

Watson shot a 4-under 68 on Friday for a share of the first-round lead with Tom Byrum and Mark O'Meara in the Mitsubishi Electric Classic.

The 66-year-old Watson is trying to become the oldest winner on the 50-and-over tour. Mike Fetchick set the mark in the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors International on his 63rd birthday.

That fact surprised Watson, who said ''Thanks for putting the pressure on me.''

Watson hasn't won on the tour since 2011, and he wasn't ready to talk about his possible shot at history.

''We'll cross that bridge when it comes to it, if we come to it,'' Watson said, adding he was confident after arriving early this week.

''I had a good idea on the practice round on Monday I was going to hit the ball pretty well. I made an adjustment to my swing and it carried on through today. I don't know if that adjustment is going to work tomorrow. I hope it does.''

O'Meara said he is never surprised by low scores from Watson.

''I never underestimate Tom Watson,'' O'Meara said. ''Every time I play with him, he breaks his age. ... He doesn't cease to amaze me.''

Todd Hamilton, Jesper Parnevik and Kenny Perry were a stroke back at TPC Sugarloaf.

Bernhard Langer had a 75, breaking his string of seven straight rounds in the 60s in the tournament. He has a victory and two second-place finishes in the tournament's three years.

Olin Browne, who won last year's tournament when rain washed out the final round, had a 74.

Battling windy conditions, Watson had five birdies and one bogey.

''I putted for 18 birdies today, so I hit the ball well,'' Watson said. ''That's pretty good on this golf course. The wind was blowing and I was very happy about the way I hit the ball.''

Watson noted that the 58-year-old Langer was two shots off the Masters lead through three rounds last week.

''There's longevity in the game if guys keep themselves in good shape,'' Watson said.

''When we go play against the kids sometimes we still have a little bit left in the tank, although that course last week is way too uphill for me anymore.''

The story was different Friday when he was happy with his tee shots, including one that helped set up a 15-foot attempt for an eagle putt on the par-5 sixth. Watson settled for a birdie but was still proud of the drive.

''Pretty long for a 66-year-old,'' he said, smiling.

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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 halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

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


Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green


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


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Trump golf properties

Vandalism

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Finances


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

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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