DeChambeau (66) nearly beats McIlroy at Bay Hill

By Nick MentaMarch 20, 2016, 7:02 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Bryson DeChambeau’s second shot at a head-to-head matchup with Rory McIlroy went a little better than the first one.

As McIlroy put it: “I said to him, ‘If you keep playing like this I'll be seeing a lot more of you.’"

DeChambeau turned in a final-round 66 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, leaving him 6 under for the week and in a tie for 24th place with McIlroy as the two, paired together on Sunday, walked off the 18th green.

Still an amateur, DeChambeau nearly took down the second-ranked player in the world, but a two-shot swing on the final green – when DeChambeau three-putted and McIlroy drained a swinging left-to-right birdie putt from 59 feet – pushed McIlroy (65) one shot lower.

“Better than the 78 over in Abu Dhabi with him,” DeChambeau smiled.


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The 78 aside, DeChambeau’s resume is pretty impressive. In 2015, he joined Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Ryan Moore as the only players to win the U.S. Amateur and the NCAA individual title in the same year. Still, the 22-year-old was asked what it’s like to realize that McIlroy – who’s already reached world No. 1, won four majors and won 15 times on the PGA and Europeans Tours – is only four years his senior.

“Makes me sad,” he answered, half laughing. “He's doing pretty well. I hope to do the same but you never know. I'm definitely a different person. Shoot, I hope I can get to that stature but, you know what, golf is a fickle game. I'm just even enjoying the moment right now and having a good time playing.”

DeChambeau has retained his amateur status since announcing his leave last fall from the SMU golf program, which was hit with NCAA sanctions and banned from postseason play. He’s now made the cut in six of his seven pro starts since leaving school and was runner-up at the Aussie Masters in November.

His focus now turns to Augusta National, where he’ll compete in his first Masters in just three more weeks. DeChambeau will head to Hilton Head in the next couple days for practice and then play Augusta National three more times on Thursday, Friday and Saturday as prep for the Masters. Thereafter, he’ll meet reigning British Amateur champion Romain Langasque in the Georgia Cup on March 29.

In April, DeChambeau will accept sponsor exemptions to play in the RBC Heritage and Valero Texas Open and will likely turn professional after the Masters. For now, he’s still enjoying his status as a self-described “intern.”

Asked how comfortable he already feels on Tour, DeChambeau answered: “Pretty darn comfortable.”

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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