Chaplet readjusting to junior life after Masters

By Nick MentaApril 21, 2016, 8:07 pm

GRANITEVILLE, South Carolina - Two weeks ago, Costa Rica's Paul Chaplet was playing his first Masters.

Now he's playing 20 minutes away from Augusta National in what's commonly referred to as the Masters of junior golf.

"It's been quite a fun three weeks," he said.

Chaplet, who turned 17 on Monday, posted 3-over 75 on Thursday in the first round of the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley. The reigning Latin American Amateur champion chastised himself after his round for being too aggressive on a difficult course that punishes shots missed in the wrong spots.

But that kind of aggressive play is understandable, even expected, from someone in Chaplet's position. 

"When you come back down, you feel like you should be able to win every tournament you play in," said Cole Hammer, who found himself in a similar position last summer when he played the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay as a 15-year-old. 

"I came back to Texas and I was tired after being out there all week. I had a couple so-so starts after in junior events. It surprised me a little bit."

And that's what Chaplet is working through now after going 83-82 in his first chance to play a major championship. Following the Masters, Chaplet flew across the country to San Diego, where he spent a week hanging with a friend and playing courses like Aviara and San Diego Country Club. He then hopped a flight back to the East Coast to play in something very much like a major championship - for juniors.

"It is frustrating," Chaplet said. "You just played the biggest tournament of your life and now you're playing a junior event,  which is kind of ... boring now, in a sense. I understand why Cole said it was frustrating.

"You basically played with the guys who ... there's no one better."

This week at Sage Valley, Chaplet is playing with some of the best junior golfers in the world in a 54-man field with players from 14 different countries on a pristine golf course that rivals some of the strongest layouts in the country.

If any of this is a problem, it's a truly excellent problem to have, and to his credit, Chaplet is doing well to keep his unique situation in perspective.

"I respect every player here. Obviously, they're the top 54 players in junior golf. It's not going to be easy," he said. "You can't just be like, 'Yeah, I should be winning these tournaments.' Just because someone played in the Masters, they're not better than you. You've got more experience than them, because you've learned from professionals1. But now it's applying that and learning how to manage yourself on the golf course like a professional, not a junior."

Chaplet will continue to apply those lessons as he plays his next 36 holes at Sage Valley, tries to qualify for two more majors, the U.S. Open and Open Championship, and eventually sets his sights on a growing pile of scholarship offers.

"As you know, I didn't do great at the Masters. I would've wished to do a lot better," he said. "But life is life and golf is golf and I can't ask for more than what I'm doing now - playing the Masters, getting a week off and then playng here. Overall, it's just been a great three weeks and I'm trying to enjoy every moment of it."

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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 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

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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.

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