Wilson hangs on leads US Amateur into match play

By Associated PressAugust 25, 2010, 8:32 am

2010 U.S. AmateurUNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Jeff Wilson shot a 3-over 74 to win the stroke-play portion of the 110th U.S. Amateur by one shot over two players on Tuesday.

The 47-year-old auto dealer from Fairfield, Calif., lost most of a seven-stroke lead but hung on to finish ahead of 18-year-olds Patrick Cantlay from Los Alamitos, Calif., and Patrick Rodgers from Avon, Ind.

Cantlay who plans to attend UCLA, shot the best round of the day, a 5-under-par 67 at the Home Course for a 36-hole 137 score. Rodgers shot a 68.
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Starting Wednesday, five days of match play will determine the champion.

Wilson shot a 10-under 62 Monday on the Home Course. Tuesday’s 7,742-yard Chambers Bay layout was the longest in US Amateur history.

Rogers, who will attend Stanford, is the only golfer in the field with two sub-70 rounds. He shot a 2-under 69 at Chambers on Monday.

Wilson, a three-time medalist at the Mid-Amateur and 2008 U.S. Amateur medalist, said after Monday’s round he had a restless night.

“I’m tossing and turning all night wondering how I’m going to grind it out today,” Wilson said. “My cell phone was blown up last night. It was a lot of fun to talk about. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime round.”

It was the second lowest medal-play round in the championship’s history, exceeded only by a 12-under 60 by Billy Horschel at the 2006 Amateur at Chaska Town, Minn.

Wilson had a 29 on his back nine, matching the lowest nine-hole score ever.

Two golfers are tied for fourth at 3-under 140, Justin Thomas of Goshen Ky., and Andres Echavarria of Colombia.

Thomas, who will play for Alabama next year, shot a 69 at Chambers, matching the best round on that course Tuesday.

“I knew the USGA wouldn’t be messing around when it comes to setting the course up,” Thomas said. “Everything is unbelievable. It is like I expected. I didn’t think this course would be this hard or this immaculate. It is just so perfect. The lines are so tight it is ridiculous.”

The 22-year-old Echavarria, who grew up in Medellin and now attends Florida, is a former South America Junior champion. He had a 4-under 68 at the Home Course.

Eric Chun of South Korea was the only other player to break par. He finished sixth place at 1-under 142. Chun, a junior at Northwestern who played in the British Open this year, shot a 3-under 69 at The Home Course.

Defending champion Byeong-Hun An made the field of 64 but struggled to shoot a 77 at Chambers and was tied for 40th.

The 16 players tied for the final six spots will play hole-by-hole eliminations on Nos. 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18 Wednesday until there’s only six of them left.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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.

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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 Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.