Ikeda shaken by TV images before golf tournament

By Doug FergusonMarch 12, 2011, 4:23 am

WGC-Cadillac ChampionshipDORAL, Fla. – Yuta Ikeda received an e-mail in the middle of the night about a massive earthquake in Japan, followed by a devastating tsunami that slammed the eastern coast near the city where he went to college.

He spent the next several hours watching television and trying to make phone calls to check on his family and friends.

And then it was time to tee off Friday in a World Golf Championship.

“It was very difficult,” Ikeda said after his second round at the Cadillac Championship. “The tough part … the cell phones still are not working in Japan. So I made many calls, but everyone I haven’t been able to contact. It doesn’t meant they are accounted for. It just means I haven’t been able to contact them to make sure they are OK.”

The three Japanese players at Doral – Iketa, Ryo Ishikawa and Hiroyuki Fujita – were trying to grasp the 8.9 magnitude quake that left hundreds dead or missing as rescuers were still trying to get to areas of Sandei, the coastal city closest to the quake’s epicenter.

All three lives at least 250 miles away, although it was no less troubling.

“The magnitude of 5.0 where my family lives is still a very big earthquake,” Ishikawa said. “So I just hope that everybody else around will be safe.”

Ishikawa checks the news when he wakes up each day, and this was a stunner. He at least was able to get in touch with his family and learn they were all right before he completed his opening round Friday morning, a 7-under 65 that put him one shot behind.

“I received a communication from my father, and the message was, ‘Focus on your golf, we are fine, do what you need to do.”’

In the second round that afternoon, however, Ishikawa shot a 76 on the TPC Blue Monster course to fall six shots behind. While he said it was difficult not to think of the earthquake in the morning, he said that wasn’t an issue in the second round.

“It was simply that the Blue Monster decided to be what it’s known to be,” he said.

Fujita once played a tournament each year in Miyagi. He said he has friends near Sendai, though none with whom he keeps in touch. He saw the havoc on TV and couldn’t believe it.

“It’s not in this world,” he said through Japanese reporter Sonoka Funakoshi.

He couldn’t reach his family when his tee time neared, so he headed out to the Blue Monster and tried to concentrate on his game. After he finished up the first round, he learned his family was fine.

Ikeda was the most visibly affected, and he initially told an interpreter he didn’t want to talk about it before relenting.

“It’s tough,” he said. “It’s my second hometown. I was born and raised in Chiba, but I went to school in Sendai and to see what you had to see on TV was very difficult to take in.

“I’m very, very concerned.”

Ishikawa, the 19-year-old sensation who already has nine Japan Golf Tour wins, is the most familiar to players at Doral from playing in majors and the Presidents Cup two years ago.

He said Ernie Els and Vijay Singh were among those who came up to him to check on his family. He played with Rickie Fowler, whose mother’s side is of Japanese heritage.

“I made sure his family was OK,” Fowler said. “But it’s not like we wanted to talk about tsunamis all day.”

Ishikawa still doesn’t know the extent of the devastation in Japan, where he receives the kind of celebrity treatment that Tiger Woods gets. But he was surrounded by more reporters than usual, which told him everything.

“I realize with the extent of coverage here, it much be a very grave situation in Japan,” Ishikawa said. “I tried my best to block everything out, but as you can imagine, it’s a tough day.”

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.

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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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.