Weir fighting arm pain at Canadian Open

By Associated PressJuly 22, 2010, 2:06 am

TORONTO – Mike Weir escaped the usual talk about the long home drought in the Canadian Open, fielding questions instead about his sore right arm and historic St. George’s Golf and Country Club.

Trying to become the first Canadian winner in 56 years and first Canadian-born champion in 96 years, the 40-year-old Weir skipped the final three holes in his pro-am round Wednesday to get treatment for tendinitis.

“It started bugging me a little bit last week at the British Open,” the left-hander said. “I put a little brace on it Monday when we played, and that seemed to do the trick pretty well. I kind of took it easy – just hit probably 20, 30 balls – yesterday.

“Today it progressively got worse. So, I decided to call it a day after 15 holes and got it worked on. So, hopefully I’ll get it ready for tomorrow.”

Weir, the 2003 Masters champion who won the last of his eight PGA Tour titles in 2007, has one top-25 finish – a sixth-place tie in the Bob Hope Classic in January – in 14 stroke-play events this year. He missed the cut last week at St. Andrews, the fourth time he has dropped out after two rounds in his last six starts.

In the pro-am, he had a black elastic brace wrapped around his arm just below the elbow and frequently massaged his biceps and forearm between shots.

“Every week, sometimes, you’re not 100 percent, and it’s just happened that it’s this week that it’s bothering me, but I don’t think it’s a distraction,” Weir said. “It’s just the fact that, I’m not able to practice as much as I would have liked to coming off three weeks off and only playing two rounds last week at the British.”

English star Paul Casey, at No. 8 the top-ranked player in the field, knows what Weir is going through trying to win his national championship.

“As much as you (Canadians) want a Canadian to win a Canadian Open, I guarantee that Mike Weir wants it a thousand times more than you could ever imagine he wants it,” said Casey, coming off a third-place tie Sunday at St. Andrews.

“To win your national championship, that’s what you want. For me, winning the Open championship is the ultimate goal. For an American, the U.S. Open, and I’m sure for Mike Weir, he wants to win the Canadian Open. … He just needs a little bit of luck.”

Pat Fletcher, born in England, was the last Canadian winner, taking the 1954 event at Point Grey in Vancouver. Carl Keffer is the only Canadian-born champion, winning in 1909 and 1914. Albert Murray, a Canadian also born in England, won in 1908 and 1913.

It also has been a long time since the last Canadian Open at Stanley Thompson-designed St. George’s, the hilly, tree-lined classic with thick rough and tricky, undulating greens. Back in 1968, Bob Charles won at 6 under, hitting a 7-iron to inches for a closing birdie and a two-stroke victory over Jack Nicklaus. The club, called Royal York until 1946, also was the tournament site in 1933, ’49 and ’60.

“I think 9 under, when it’s all said and done, would be very good,” Weir said. “Just because, on the greens, you have to be underneath the hole. But when you’re hitting 3- and 4-irons in there, sometimes you’re going to find yourself above it. And they’re really difficult above the hole.”

When asked if St. George’s was a second-shot course, defending champion Nathan Green said he was simply worried about getting the ball in play off the tee.

“You just won’t be able to hit the green from the rough,” said Green, a playoff winner over Retief Goosen last year at Glen Abbey.

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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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