A gday for the Aussies - just not good enough - COPIED

By Doug FergusonApril 11, 2011, 5:49 pm

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Australians were headed for a very g’day at the Masters.

The leaderboard was filled with guys from Down Under. When Adam Scott rolled in a short birdie putt at the 16th hole, he had the lead all to himself. Jason Day and Geoff Ogilvy were right in the mix, too, just in case Scott faltered.

By shear numbers, the golfing-mad country seemed poised to celebrate the only major championship its never won.

Sorry, mate. The Aussies will have to wait a little longer.

Charl Schwartzel, a 26-year-old South African, put on one of the greatest finishing kicks in major championship history. He birdied the last four holes for a 6-under 66, giving him a two-stroke win over Scott and Day, with Ogilvy four shots back in a tie for fourth.

Scott, especially, seemed heartbroken over having the green jacket – and his first major title – snatched away.

“It’s just disappointing that I didn’t win when I held the lead with a few holes to go,” the 30-year-old said, looking down and struggling to get the words out. “I’m usually a pretty good closer. I didn’t do a bad job today, but Charl was better. It was an incredible finish. I’m proud of the way I played, but I’m disappointed that I didn’t get it done when I was right there at the end.”

Scott hurt his chances with a couple of errant shots. He knocked his approach at the par-5 15th far to the right, over near a grandstand, and had to struggle just to get down with par on a hole that provides an excellent chance to make at least a birdie, maybe even an eagle.

Then, after sticking it right up next to the flag at the 16th for a tap-in birdie and the outright lead over Schwartzel, Scott yanked his tee shot at 17 into a bunker next to the seventh green. He did some good work from there, knocking it over the trees and into a greenside bunker at the correct hole, then getting up and down for a par.

Turns out, par wasn’t good enough with the way Schwartzel played down the stretch. Scott had a 20-footer for birdie at the final hole, and he knew he needed it with the South African having claimed the lead at the 17th. He gave it a good roll but it skidded by the cup – and it didn’t matter anyway when Schwartzel made one last birdie at the 18th.

“He must have hit some beautiful shots,” said Scott, who played with Day in the group right in front of Schwartzel. “He’s got a hell of a swing. Certainly he’s a guy when you’re out there playing with him and you see him strike the ball, you take notice because it’s pretty impressive.”

So was Day, who hardly looked like a Masters rookie.

He posted the best round of the tournament on Friday, a 64 that vaulted him into contention, and he never wavered even after struggling on the front side Sunday.

The 23-year-old Day birdied four of the last seven holes, making clutch putts at 17 and 18 that gave him a glimmer of hope until he saw the numbers Schwartzel was posting.

“You can’t do anything about a guy who birdies the last four holes of a tournament,” Day said. “If you want to go out and win a tournament, that’s how you do it.”

Ogilvy, a former U.S. Open champion, surged into contention for another major title by ripping off five straight birdies starting at No. 12.

But he couldn’t keep it going, settling for pars at the last two holes for a 278, tied with Tiger Woods and Luke Donald. That left the Aussies with three of the top six spots on the leaderboard, just not the one they wanted most of all.

“Obviously, we fell short a little bit, but it just shows how good Australian golf is right now,” Day said. “There’s a lot of good Australian golfers.”

That’s nothing new. The continent country has produced nine major champions, led by Peter Thomson with five British Open crowns. In all, the Aussies have won at golf’s Big Four an impressive 15 times, but one title has always eluded them.

At the Masters, they’re known more for misery than triumph – most notably, Greg Norman’s final-round collapse with a seemingly insurmountable lead in 1996.

“You’ve heard some stories about Greg around here,” Day acknowledged.

But he and his mates will be back again in 2012, eager to take another crack at that elusive green jacket.

“I’m not leaving with any regrets because I played my heart out,” Day said. “I’m looking forward to next year. Hopefully it’ll be as exciting as it was this year.”

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.

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