Watson's Duel in the Sun commemorated at Sr. British

By Associated PressJuly 25, 2012, 6:48 pm

TURNBERRY, Scotland – Tom Watson unveiled a plaque to commemorate his famous Duel in the Sun with Jack Nicklaus 35 years ago upon his return Wednesday to Turnberry on the eve of the Senior British Open.

In 1977, Watson hit a 7-iron approach within 2 feet of the 18th hole in beating Nicklaus in a head-to-head battle to seal the second of his five British Open titles. The weather was remarkably similar 35 years later for the ceremony on the right side of the final fairway.

''This is a very special place for me,'' Watson said. ''Obviously, the premier of many of my memories is the Duel in the Sun, when I just edged out the greatest player who ever played the game. I believed in myself after that.

''Unveiling the plaque is very special. I remember hitting the shot, which meant so much to me and so many other people.''

Watson is a three-time winner of the British Senior Open, notably at Turnberry in 2003, and heads a stellar field this week that includes seven former champions, 33 major winners with 85 titles between them and nine former Ryder Cup captains.

Watson will tee off Thursday alongside another former British Open champion at Turnberry, Greg Norman and Roger Chapman of England, who has won the first two senior majors on the Champions Tour this year.

''It's a huge privilege for me playing alongside Tom Watson,'' Chapman said. ''I played alongside him in the pro-am yesterday, and I have to say it was a pleasure to play with an absolute gentleman. Tom was a hero of mine, in fact I named my second son after him.

''Playing with Tom and Greg on a championship course is nothing short of spectacular.''

Returning to action after a long-term shoulder injury, Norman is also pleased to be back at Turnberry.

''My win here in '86 is definitely one of the highlights of my career, and being made an honorary member of Turnberry tonight will be very special,'' Norman said.

Making his Senior British Open debut is another former major winner Fred Couples, who plays the first two rounds alongside fellow American Mark Calcavecchia, Open champion at Royal Troon in 1989, and England's Barry Lane, twice a winner on the European Senior Tour last year when finishing second in the money list to Peter Fowler of Australia.

''Turnberry is a beautiful place and I can't wait to get started in my first British Senior Open tomorrow,'' Couples said. ''I feel like I will be one of the guys up there this week, but you have to play really good golf. You can't screw around and miss shots or you'll be bogeying a lot of holes.''

Calcavecchia, who finished in a share of ninth in the British Open at Royal Lytham last weekend, was also happy to be back.

''It's a beautiful course, a great course,'' he said. ''I played pretty well in the two Opens I played here in '94 and 2009, so I've been looking forward to this for quite a while.''

Other American major winners in the field include 2010 Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin, Tom Lehman, Larry Mize, Tim Kite and Craig Stadler as well as Bernhard Langer, a prolific winner of titles around the world.

Throw into the mix British former major winners Sandy Lyle, Ian Woosnam and Tony Jacklin, and Turnberry should provide plenty of exciting play in the next four days.

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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

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

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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


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

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Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

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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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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.