Wiebe wins playoff to end Champions Tour drought

By Associated PressJune 12, 2011, 10:15 pm

CONOVER, North Carolina – Mark Wiebe parred the third playoff hole following a weather delay and won the Greater Hickory Classic on Sunday when James Mason missed a four-foot par putt.

Wiebe earned his first Champions Tour title since 2008 in a bizarre finish that included a delay following the first extra hole at Rock Barn. Mason, a Monday qualifier, three-putted from 20 feet to end his chances of earning a one-year playing exemption on the tour.

In a tournament played in intense heat that yielded a 54-hole Champions Tour record 1,147 birdies, both players birdied the 18th in regulation to finish at a tournament-best 19 under. That moved them past clubhouse leader Fred Funk, who shot 62 and finished in a share of third with Chip Beck.

The 53-year-old Wiebe, who shot a 7-under 65 in regulation, ended a 77-tournament winless streak.

For the 60-year-old Mason, it was a heartbreak finish to what was nearly a career-changing week.

Mason, whose last win came in 2002, was playing in his first Champions Tour event of the year. He had lost his playing privileges and was 0 for 5 in qualifiers until he shot 62 on Monday, including an ace, to get into the field.

“A win would have meant everything. It would have been the culmination of my career,” said Mason, who shot a 65 on Sunday. “That probably would have given me another year and a half out here. I still get a nice check, but a win would have been a total redo of my career again. But hopefully I’ll get one.”

Loren Roberts (65) and Nick Price (66) were equal fifth, two shots back. Jeff Sluman (67) finished alone in seventh, three back.

Bob Tway, who led by one shot after the first and second rounds, faded after a double-bogey on the sixth. He shot 71 and fell back to eighth place.

Wiebe and Mason both made nearly identical 15-foot birdie putts on the first playoff hole at No. 18. Immediately after Mason’s putt, a storm moved into the area and play was delayed for just over an hour.

For a while, the two golfers sat in their carts near the clubhouse chatting before a break in the weather had the players hustling back to the 18th tee.

Wiebe then missed a birdie putt from 15 feet to send the players back to No. 17.

Wiebe’s tee shot on the par-3 landed 40 feet left of the hole. His first putt ran five feet by, but he curled in the par putt. Mason sent his birdie putt past the hole, then missed the next putt for his first bogey of the day.

“I feel for James,” Wiebe said. “I’m tickled to have won this tournament, beside myself, so happy. I’m sorry for James that’s the way it happened for him. He played great this week.”

Funk’s 62 ended a wild week which began when he earned a spot in next week’s U.S. Open in sectional qualifying. Two days later he injured his left thumb when he hit a railing with his club on the deck during a warm-up swing.

He got a cortisone shot Thursday night and said he felt better Sunday. He then took the outright lead with a birdie on 16 and faced the prospect with a birdie-eagle finish of recording the Champions Tour’s first 59.

“It did enter my mind,” Funk said.

But Funk narrowly left a birdie putt short on 17 and his approach shot to 18 from 65 yards came up well short of the hole. He then missed the long birdie putt and could only watch as Wiebe and Mason moved past him.

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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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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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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.