Coltart ex-Ryder Cup player gets back to golf

By Doug FergusonJuly 15, 2010, 5:26 pm

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Andrew Coltart is no stranger to the media center at the British Open. The difference Thursday was what he did on the course, not what he said.

Coltart, who spent the last two years working as a radio analyst for BBC Radio 5 Live, qualified for his first major in eight years and looked as though he had never been gone. The 40-year-old Scot, largely ignored played alongside John Daly, wound up matching his 6-under 66 for a dream start at St. Andrews.

“It’s great to be inside the ropes, playing well, holing some putts and really feeling the crowd,” Coltart said. “Being back here at St. Andrews means a hell of a lot to me and most of these guys that play this game.”

Coltart has two European Tour victories and is best known for playing Tiger Woods in singles at the 1999 Ryder Cup. But he had not played an Open since Muirfield in 2002, and his success on tour went into such a tailspin that he lost his card in 2007.

That’s when he began carrying a microphone instead of golf clubs at the Open, all the while trying to get back to his regular job.

“There was a spell there, about 16 missed cuts in a row, and you start to wonder whether you’re going to make it through the weekend again,” Coltart said. “I know I can still compete.”

The radio stint might have helped. He would have preferred playing instead of commentating, but Coltart suspects he learned as much watching the best in the world than beating balls on the driving range.

“It’s inspirational stuff being here watching these guys play in these majors, and it helped to get me up to get back out here,” he said.

Coltart earned his card back through qualifying school – even carrying his own bag during the tournament – and he reached St. Andrews through the European qualifier.

His round featured a 50-foot birdie putt from across the sixth green, which was quite a surprise. So was the rest of the round. And while he wound up three shots behind Rory McIlroy’s record-tying 63, Coltart has been around long enough not to get his hopes too high.

“It’s a long, long way away,” he said. “The world’s best players are here. I’ve shown very little form – if any – going into this. It would be highly unrealistic to look at it in that perspective. If I can go on being comfortable with the way I’m hitting the ball, we’ll look at things in another couple of days.”

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.

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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