World Nos. 1 and 2, Donald and Westwood, six back with 18 to play

By Associated PressAugust 14, 2011, 2:19 am

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – They’re one and two in the world yet just hanging on at the PGA Championship.

No. 1 Luke Donald and No. 2 Lee Westwood are both tied at 1-under par, tied for 13th place and six strokes behind co-leaders Brendan Steele and Jason Dufner after three rounds at Atlanta Athletic Club. The Ryder Cup partners each had their chances to make up ground in the year’s final major, but couldn’t.

Donald had a bogey on the 16th hole, then a disastrous double bogey on No. 18 after putting his approach in the water to turn an extra special third round into a so-so 68.

Westwood got himself to 3 under on the 10th hole, but had a double bogey on the 14th and couldn’t come any closer to end with a 70 and also at 1 under.

The English duo hoped to cap stellar seasons at the top with their first major title. But they’ll likely need their own record-setting performances plus the collapse of about a dozen players ahead of them to pull it off.

Still, Westwood was hopeful of a Sunday surprise.

“A major championship will be a lot more pressure, but I think 1 under is by no means out of it,” he said.

Both Donald and Westwood known they could’ve been much closer.

Donald, No. 1 for the past 11 weeks, was moving up the leaderboard with back-to-back birdies on the 13th and 14th holes that took him to 4 under. He thought “maybe I could even grab an extra birdie, get to 5 under, who knows, that could be leading at the end of the day,” Donald said.

Instead, he made bogey on the 16th, then put his approach shot to No. 18 into the water in front of the green and made double bogey. “I am angry,” Donald said in his mild-mannered style. “Had something really good going there, and kind of threw it away.”

Westwood had similar regrets about his putting. He said he missed several opportunities to make a move. “Just hit it great all day and close and made nothing,” he said.

There were mis-reads, mis-hits and good looking putts that didn’t do what Westwood expected. All of it led to squandered opportunities at a major just begging for a big name to take control.

Westwood wasn’t sure how to fix things. “Different religion, maybe?” he joked.

Then again, Westwood said he’s struggled with his putting most of the season. He’s put in the work to improve and hopes to see the results soon. “I’d like to think they are going to drop tomorrow, but they have dropped all year so why should they change?”

Donald and Westwood have had similar major championship seasons.

The two were both in contention at the Masters, Donald finishing fourth and Westwood 11th. Two months later, Westwood tied for third at the U.S. Open behind winner Rory McIlroy. Donald was around on Sunday but well back in 45th.

Donald and Westwood had high hopes entering the British Open at Royal St. George’s last month and both stunningly missed the cut. “I’ve got to figure out a way to contend a bit more” at majors, Donald said then.

Donald and Westwood counted on even more than contending at Atlanta Athletic Club, they expected to win. Instead, they’re behind several players at the PGA ranked far below them like Dufner (No. 80), John Senden (No. 92), D.A. Points (No. 105), Keegan Bradley (No. 108) and Steele (No. 121.).

Donald was asked if he might want to punch someone after his late falter. He did. Himself. “I might punish myself in the gym,” he said.

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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.

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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