Mark Wilson takes 54-hole lead at Sony Open

By Doug FergusonJanuary 17, 2011, 4:30 am

2007 Sony OpenHONOLULU – Mark Wilson began a marathon day at the Sony Open with a 5-under 65 to take a one-shot lead after 54 holes before heading out for the final round.

Rain earlier in the week washed out the opening round and forced a 36-hole Sunday. With a reduced cut to 56 players, separated by only seven shots going into the last day, it figured to be wide open.

Wilson got his nose in front with a bogey-free round, making birdies on the two par 5s at Waialae and chipping in from birdie from behind the third green. He was at 13-under 197, one shot ahead of Steve Marino, who made eagle on his final hole had a 66.

“Now I’ve just got to catch my breath,” Wilson said. “I’ve got two minutes to make it to the tee. I’ve got my sandwich for the afternoon, eight new golf balls and I’m all set.”

The groups did not change from the morning because of the race to finish on Sunday. At one point, Brendan de Jonge was on the fourth hole of his final round and two shots out of the lead with a half-dozen players still in the third round.

Matt Kuchar, who could move inside the top 10 in the world for the first time in his career if he were to win, shot a 66 and was in the group two shots behind along with Jimmy Walker and Stuart Appleby.

Shigeki Maruyama, who shared the 36-hole lead with Appleby, had an even-par 70 to fall three shots behind.

Walker didn’t spend much time looking at the leaderboard, knowing how quickly it could change and how far he still had to go. He holed a 35-foot birdie putt on No. 11, his second hole of the third round, and also played without a bogey.

“You can watch the leaderboard and see if you’ve got to kind of try to make a few more birdies here and there,” Walker said. “But I’m just going to try to keep doing what I’m doing. It’s working pretty good.”

Some players failed to keep pace.

Ernie Els, who won in a 36-hole Sunday finish in South Africa last month, had to settle for a 68 and was six shots behind. He then had a pair of bogeys early in the fourth round. Steve Stricker also shot a 68, not as low as he needed to be after starting six shots behind, and was trying to catch up in the afternoon.

Roland Thatcher was among those tied for the lead at one point in the morning until a stretch of three bogeys in five holes stalled his momentum. He shot a 68 and was three behind going into the final 18 holes.

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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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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