Berger leads Mickelson, Stricker, Points by three

By Nick MentaJune 11, 2016, 9:53 pm

Thanks to a round of 1-under 69, Daniel Berger will take a three-shot lead over Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and D.A. Points into the final round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Here's where things stand through 54 holes in Memphis:

Leaderboard: Berger (-10), Points (-7), Stricker (-7), Mickelson (-7), Seung-Yul Noh (-6), Colt Knost (-6), Brooks Koepka (-6)

What it means: Berger, the 2015 PGA Tour rookie of the year, is in pursuit of his first victory. Up three to start the day, Berger found himself one over through 15 holes before back-to-back birdies at 16 and 17 helped him maintain his three-shot advantage. The 23-year-old was a two-time runner-up last season and has finished in the top 25 in 21 of his 49 career starts. Giving chase will be three PGA Tour veterans in Points, Stricker and Mickelson; the last two have both been on Tour longer than Berger has been alive. Mickelson is in pursuit of his first victory since the 2013 Open Championship and is looking to build momentum for yet another shot at the U.S. Open and the career grand slam. Mickelson will play with Stricker, and Points will join Berger in the final pairing.

Round of the day: Points raced up the leaderboard into a tie for second with a bogey-free 6-under 64, making three birdies on each side. In addition to his third Tour victory, Points is chasing an invite to Royal Troon.

Best of the rest: Stricker, Boo Weekley and Alex Prugh shot 4-under 66. Like Points, the part-time Stricker was bogey-free and is now in line for an Open invite. The 49-year-old last won the 2012 Tournament of Champions.

Biggest disappointment: Tied for third at 5 under for the week through 36 holes, Dustin Johnson fell out of contention with a 3-over 73, making two birdies, three bogeys and a double. Separately, Tom Hoge, who played with Berger in the final group, shot 39 on the back and fell all the way back to 2 under with Johnson.

Shot of the day: Berger followed up a two-putt birdie from the fringe at the par-5 16th with this chip-in for birdie at 17.

Storyline to watch Sunday: The FedEx St. Jude Classic is part of the Open Qualifying Series, which awards invitations to this year’s Open Championship at Royal Troon. The leading four players who finish in the top 12 in Memphis and who are not already qualified will earn invites. Players set to earn those invitations through three rounds are Points, Stricker, Noh and Knost.

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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

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm