Fraser (63) leads Stenson, DeLaet in Rio Olympics

By Nick MentaAugust 11, 2016, 7:20 pm

With an 8-under 63, Australia’s Marcus Fraser leads the men’s competition by three shots over Sweden’s Henrik Stenson and Canada’s Graham DeLaet after the completion of Round 1 in Rio. Here’s where things stand after the first 18 holes of Olympic golf in 112 years:

Leaderboard: Fraser (-8), DeLaet (-5), Stenson (-5), Thomas Pieters (-4), Gregory Bourdy (-4), Alex Cejka (-4), Justin Rose (-4)

What it means: Currently 90th in the Official World Golf Ranking, Fraser earned one of two Australian bids after four of his countrymen – Jason Day, Adam Scott, Marc Leishman and Matt Jones – opted to skip the Games. The 38-year-old took full advantage of his good fortune, recording the lowest round in Olympic history. Fraser, the current Order of Merit leader on the Asian Tour, is a three-time European Tour winner who most recently claimed victory at the co-sanctioned Maybank Championship in Malaysia in February. Six players sit within four shots of the lead after Round 1, but the two big names to watch are Stenson, who’s coming off his first major win at The Open, and Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open champ who recorded a first hole-in-one on Thursday and is looking to win on his sixth continent. (They don’t play often in Antarctica.)

Round of the day: Fraser didn’t make a par until the 17th hole, opening with five birdies and the lone bogey of his round at the par-4 second. After making the turn in 4-under 31, the Aussie added four back-nine birdies at Nos. 10, 13, 16 and 18 to match his lowest round in any worldwide event since he launched his professional career in 2002.

Best of the rest: In defense of George Lyon’s 1904 gold medal win, DeLaet went off in the day’s first group and carded a 5-under 66 to take the early lead before he was overtaken by Fraser. The round was even more impressive considering his recent history; DeLaet took a month off from competitive play earlier this summer as he sorted through, what he called, “incredible anxiety while chipping/pitching.” He was matched by a member of the final group, Stenson, who made six birdies, including one at the home hole, against a single bogey.

Biggest disappointment: Rickie Fowler, of the U.S., had been enjoying himself in Rio, right up until the first hole Thursday. Fowler, the eighth-ranked player in the world who’s been slumping all summer, 4-putted the first green for a double bogey and never recovered. Fighting his putter all day, Fowler, otherwise, made two bogeys and a birdie on each nine to shoot 4-over 75. After 18 holes, he finds himself one shot out of last place and 12 off the lead. Of course, Fowler wasn’t the only American to struggle, as Patrick Reed and Bubba Watson both turned in 2-over 73. Matt Kuchar was the only one of the four Americans to finish in red numbers with a 2-under 69.

Shot of the day: Rose’s historic ace at the par-3 fourth:

Quote of the day: “I can compare that with when my son was born,” – Brazil’s Adilson da Silva on hitting the opening tee shot. The 44-year-old closed his round with a birdie at 18 to shoot 1-over 72.

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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

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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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.