Westwood looks fine feels sore after opening 67

By Associated PressJuly 16, 2010, 12:26 am

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Lee Westwood walked the Old Course with a bounce in his step, not looking at all like someone who’s barely practiced the last two weeks because of an ailing leg.

His ruptured right calf didn’t appear to be a problem at all.

The 37-year-old Englishman, now considered the world’s best player still without a major championship, got off to a solid start in the British Open with a 5-under 67 Thursday, leaving him four strokes behind leader Rory McIlroy and solidly in contention for the only thing missing from his resume.

Westwood’s score was especially impressive considering he teed off after noon, when the remarkably calm conditions from the morning gave way to stiffer breezes and occasional bursts of rain.

“We got unlucky with the weather, but that’s the nature of links golf,” he said. “One half gets it good, the other doesn’t. So I have to be reasonably happy with a 67 in those conditions.”

Afterward, Westwood was off to get treatment on his calf, which had been hurting for a while. During the French Open, the leg swelled so badly doctors feared he might have a blood clot. But tests showed he ruptured the plantaris muscle, which runs down the calf.

Though the injury usually requires up to two months of rest, Westwood didn’t have that luxury. Not with his home major coming up. So his leg was wrapped as tightly as possible, he limited his practice time and he hoped for the best.

So far, so good.

“It’s sore,” Westwood conceded. “It gets worse as the day goes on and my ankle swells up. That’s really the problem, the muscles.”

He won’t be totally comfortable this week, but he figures that plenty of treatment and the proper taping will make the pain bearable. He never showed any sign of a limp during the opening round, even at the end as he walked off the 18th green and shook hands with playing partners Adam Scott and Miguel Angel Jimenez.

But there were signs of the worsening pain as the day wore on. Westwood closed the front side with five straight birdies, making the turn with a 31, yet only managed even par on the final nine holes.

“I started to feel my calf towards the end of the round,” he said. “I’ll just have to keep getting treatment and hope it doesn’t get any worse.”

If the leg holds up, Westwood could find himself in contention this weekend. He has certainly given every indication he’s ready to break through for that long-awaited first major win.

He’s No. 3 in the world, with top-three finishes at three of the last four major championships. Better yet, he actually won on the Old Course during the 2003 Dunhill Links, making him Britain’s best chance to snap an 11-year winless streak at its own Open.

Westwood hardly was surprised that McIlroy, a 21-year-old Northern Irishman, tied the record for lowest score in a major on a morning when the wind barely rippled the flags, the rains held off and it was warm enough to play in shirt sleeves.

“I actually expected somebody to post a 62,” said Westwood, who finished second at this year’s Masters and tied for third at Turnberry and the PGA last year. “I don’t think I’ve ever known St. Andrews as calm.”

He’s counting on a little reciprocation in the second round. Westwood’s group is scheduled to tee off at 8:31 a.m. local time.

“Hopefully, we get a break with the weather,” he said, “but you never know.”

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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.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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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

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

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

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

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Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 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.