Zach Johnson always feels good at Colonial

By Associated PressMay 22, 2013, 10:50 pm

FORT WORTH, Texas – Zach Johnson always feels good when he gets to Colonial.

That feeling usually lasts the whole week.

Johnson has won at Hogan's Alley twice in the last three years. He is the first player in more than three decades with four consecutive top-10 finishes in the event.


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Now he's back as the defending champion, without a top 10 this season. But he has felt good even without eye-catching results.

''I'm going to hopefully take some of those good feelings I've had over the last four years, not necessarily dwell on them, but embrace them and put them into play in some regard,'' Johnson said Wednesday, a day before beginning his title defense.

Five-time winner Ben Hogan is the only player who has won the Colonial more than twice, and he finished in top 10 seven times in a row during a span when he won four times from 1946-53. Tom Watson had been the last with four top 10s in a row at Colonial (1977-80).

Matt Kuchar, No. 13 in the world ranking, is the highest-ranked player in Colonial's invitational field. The only other three in the top 25 are Charl Schwartzel, 2012 Colonial runner-up Jason Dufner and Hunter Mahan.

When Johnson slipped on the winner's plaid jacket last May, it was first victory since the 2010 Colonial. He also won the John Deere Classic last summer.

This season, Johnson has made nine of 12 cuts this year. His best finish was a tie for 18th at the Tournament of Champions in January, but he tied for 19th at The Players Championship two weeks ago.

''I'm excited. I like where my game is going, or is,'' Johnson said. ''I like where it is and I like where it's going. So I'm just trying to remain patient and let things kind of happen.''

It's not really the lack of top-10 finishes that bothers Johnson.

''It's been frustrating that I truly haven't been in contention late on Sunday. That would be my biggest frustration,'' he said. ''What is comforting is that the beginning of the year I was probably more off than I would even like to admit fundamentally. But in saying that, what's comfortable about that is the fact that I would rather be off fundamentally than certainly physically or even mentally. My attitude has been great.''

Johnson then joked that he understood if reporters might not really know about his good attitude because he hasn't been in many interview sessions based on his play.

''If you ask my caddie, it truly has been good,'' Johnson said. ''I've been very positive and certainly trying to keep working. I have hit a lot of balls, in February, March, April and even into May just to try to get it back.''

Before his closing 72 last year, including a two-stroke penalty on the 72nd hole because he failed to properly remark his ball after moving it out of the line Dufner's last putt, Johnson had played 15 consecutive rounds in the 60s at Colonial.

The only other two-time Colonial winner in this week's field is Corey Pavin, the 1985 and 1996 champ making his 30th consecutive start in Fort Worth. And he is again bypassing the Senior PGA Championship to keep that streak intact.

''There was a thought process, yes. It wasn't a very long process,'' Pavin said about the decision to play at Colonial instead of a senior major. ''But ultimately when I kind of got down to it, it was a pretty easy choice then. I just love being here. I would rather be here than there. It's as simple as that.''

In six Champions Tour events this year, Pavin has two top 10s and two other top 25-finishes. His only PGA Tour appearance was the Northern Trust Open, where he missed the cut in his 657th PGA Tour start.

Pavin has eight top-10 finishes at Colonial, including a seventh-place finish just three years ago. He has missed the cut only four times.

''Obviously, I like it here,'' Pavin said. ''It's a golf course that I feel very comfortable on.''

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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.

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