Following 63, Thomas 'didn't have it' in closing 75

By Will GrayJune 19, 2017, 1:31 am

ERIN, Wis. – It’s never easy to back up an ultra-low round, particularly in a major, and Justin Thomas learned that lesson the hard way Sunday at the U.S. Open.

Thomas was only one shot off the lead after a third-round 63 made him the first player ever to shoot 9 under in the U.S. Open, but he faltered out of the gates with bogeys on three of his first five holes and never challenged as Brooks Koepka raced to his first major title.

Thomas’ closing 75 was 12 shots higher than his score for the previous day. He left Erin Hills with his best finish in eight career major appearances, but his final-round struggle placed him in a tie for ninth at 8 under, eight shots behind Koepka.


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“I felt like it was the lowest I could have shot. I just didn’t have it today,” Thomas said. “But it made me feel a lot better seeing Brooks shoot 5 under. I would have had to play some pretty spectacular golf to catch him. Anytime you don’t win, it stings. But if 12 or 13 under would have won, it would have hurt really bad.”

Thomas hit a nervy hook off the first tee that rolled into a hazard lining the fairway, and although he managed to save par it proved to be a sign of what was to come. He hit 11 of the next 13 fairways but found only nine of 18 greens in regulation, and he made only one birdie, on No. 10, that merely got him within four shots of the lead.

“I mean, to be honest, it just sucks to not even have a chance on that back nine,” Thomas said. “To try to go out there and try to get in a top 5, or trying to get up near the lead is not what I play for. But unfortunately, that’s really all I was dealt, so it’s what I had to try to do.”

Thomas is an early riser and said it was difficult to pass the time prior to his 2:54 p.m. CT tee time. The 24-year-old also struggled to stay away from his phone, knowing the deluge of articles and messages that were awaiting following his record-setting 63.

“I’d never teed off this late before, so that was different

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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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