Weather suspends play at US Womens Open

By Associated PressJuly 10, 2010, 1:52 am

2010 U.S. Women

OAKMONT, Pennsylvania  – A relentless string of thunderstorms that began with 100 of the 156 golfers still to begin or complete the second round of the U.S. Women’s Open caused play to be suspended at mid-afternoon on Friday.

Twenty-eight of the 31 golfers who were within three shots of the lead had played only a few holes or hadn’t teed off.

Except for Cristie Kerr, the world’s No. 1 player, and first-round leader Brittany Lang, who shared the not-very-crowded clubhouse lead at 1-over 143. Sophie Gustafson was at even par, but she had 17 holes left in her round.

Kerr finished her even-par 71 before the pelting rains flooded Oakmont Country Club’s famed Church Pew bunkers and saturated its super-fast greens. Those greens were beginning to turn brown following four consecutive days of 90-degree weather.

Lang slid from a first-round 69 to a 3-over 74 as temperatures went down but the scores didn’t, with Christina Kim a shot back at 2-over 144 following successive 72s.

“We had a very dry course, and it can take a lot of rain,” said the USGA’s Mike Davis, who is confident that improving weather will allow the biggest event in women’s golf to finish on schedule on Sunday.

But can Oakmont take a lot of Kerr? Epecially now that she’ll play probably less than a full round on Saturday, rather than one full round and most of a second as many will?

Kerr was the undisputed favorite to win her second Women’s Open in four years – she also won in 2007 – after winning the LPGA Championship two weeks ago by an unprecedented 12 shots. Only a week’s break between majors gives her a chance to maintain her confidence and, arguably, the mental edge she owns over the other golfers.

Taking on 108-year-old Oakmont, its Stimpmeter-busting greens and fabled hazards is difficult enough in a tournament where the leaders may have already seen the last of below-par scores. Taking on Kerr when she’s on her game may be equally rough, even if 21 golfers go into Saturday morning within two shots of the lead.

“You kind of, you know, sit in the weeds and wait, wait to kind of strike,” Kerr said.

She was referring to the patience needed for Oakmont to yield some birdies, rather than trying to force them on a course where Angel Cabrera’s winning score for the 2007 U.S. Open was 5 over.

Inadvertently, she might been referring to her strategy for taking on the rest of a field that may be beyond fatigued once a very long Saturday is over. Play is scheduled to resume early Saturday, with the third round set for 1830 GMT.

The leaders won’t start the third round until approximately 3:30 ET on Saturday and will finish Sunday morning. That means Kerr might play only 12 holes or so on Saturday, compared to 36 for the less fortunate.

Those playing all or most of their second rounds in the morning, including Gustafson, Kristy McPherson and two-time Women’s Open champion Karrie Webb, gain the advantage of softer greens and, thus, a friendlier putting surface.

Conversely, the course will play longer because it’s wetter, and that could result in some bad lies that the fast, firm Oakmont didn’t produce until the rain fell.

“I don’t know how this course drains, but it’s going to play extremely long and soft,” Lang said.

Kerr, much like her bumpy first round, was streaky on Friday. She had a double bogey and two bogeys in a span of four holes during her first nine, which began on No. 10, but she recovered with three consecutive birdies from No. 4 through No. 6.

“You have to take opportunities when you have them for birdie and make them and get some momentum going, and that’s what I did on the front,” Kerr said.

Now, Kerr hopes to take advantage of much more rest than many others in a field already worn by taking on tough old Oakmont in near-tropical heat. At least temperatures will moderate the rest of the tournament, with highs predicted in the low 80s rather than the low 90s.

“You have to have the patience of a saint this week on this golf course,” Kerr said.

Especially when a golfer must wait 28 hours between taking shots, as she will.

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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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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.