Fowler leads Wells Fargo Championship by one

By Nick MentaMay 7, 2016, 9:39 pm

Rickie Fowler posted 4-under 68 Saturday to take a share of the lead at Quail Hollow, where he looks to win his second Wells Fargo Championship. Here's how things stand through 54 holes in Charlotte:

Leaderboard: Fowler (-9), Roberto Castro (-8), James Hahn (-7), Justin Rose (-7), Andrew Loupe (-6), Scott Langley (-6)

What it means: Believe it or not, this is Fowler's first 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour since 2011. He collected his first PGA Tour trophy at Quail Hollow in 2012 and then went three years without another. Now the fifth-ranked player in the world is seeking his third PGA Tour victory in the last 12 months and his fifth worldwide win over that same stretch. One shot behind Fowler sits Castro, whose best finish on Tour is a runner-up at the 2013 Quicken Loans National. A win Sunday would get Castro into next week's Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, where he owns a share of the course record on both the Stadium and Valley courses. Loupe, the 18- and 36-hole leader, teed off on 18 at even par for the day before a closing double bogey dropped him three shots back.

Round of the day: Fowler bookended his only dropped shots of the day at 11 and 13 with streaks of three birdies in a row on Nos. 8-10 and 14-16. The latter run got off to an entertaining start when Fowler two-putted for a birdie-3 after driving the par-4 14th green. Hahn tied Fowler for the low round of the day with a 68 of his own. He had missed his last eight cuts in a row and now finds himself in contention for his second Tour title in as many seasons. 

Best of the rest: Justin Rose went out in 1-under 35 and made two birdies across a bogey-free back nine to shoot 3-under 69. Rose, two back, has won at least one Tour title every year since 2010, a streak he'd continue with a win tomorrow. He was tied at 3-under on Saturday by Fabian Gomez and Dawie van der Walt.

Biggest disappointment: Like Fowler, Phil Mickelson started the day three shots back. He'll start Sunday eight behind after a third-round 76 that featured trips into the water at Nos. 16 and 18. Lefty finished bogey-birdie-quadruple bogey and melted down after hitting his second shot at the home hole into the creek left of the green.

Shot of the day: Rory McIlroy traded birdies and bogeys all day in a 1-over round of 73, but he walked off the course on a high note thanks to this 79-foot, bending birdie make at the par-3 17th.

The defending champion will start the final round eight back.

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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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Finances


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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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