Garcia takes Bridgestone lead with back-nine 27

By Will GrayAugust 1, 2014, 10:21 pm

AKRON, Ohio – Playing among the final groups Friday afternoon, Sergio Garcia rode a hot putter to the top of the leaderboard at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Here’s how things look after two rounds at Firestone, where Garcia leads by three shots:

Leaderboard: Sergio Garcia (-11), Justin Rose (-8), Marc Leishman (-7), Rory McIlroy (-7), Rickie Fowler (-6), Charl Schwartzel (-6), Patrick Reed (-5), Keegan Bradley (-5)

What it means: Rose held the top spot for much of the day, but Garcia rattled off seven straight back-nine birdies to pull ahead, as he looks to win his first WGC title. A number of top names remain within striking distance, though, including McIlroy, who carded a 6-under 64 in his second round since winning the Open Championship.

Round of the day: Garcia made just one birdie on the front nine, then went lights out on the inward half. He birdied No. 10 and then made seven in a row on Nos. 12-18, ending with 11 straight one-putts and a back-nine 27 that broke the Firestone record. His 9-under 61 also tied the overall course record, most recently shot by Tiger Woods in the second round last year.

Best of the rest: McIlroy got off to a fast start with birdies on his first three holes, then cooled during the middle stretch of his round before ending with a flurry. The Ulsterman birdied three of his final five holes, including Nos. 17 and 18, to shoot the second-best score of the week and remain within four shots of Garcia heading into the weekend.

Biggest disappointment: Ryan Moore was within a shot of the lead heading into Friday but stumbled to a 3-over 73 in the second round and plummeted down the leaderboard. Moore managed only two birdies against five bogeys. At 2 under, he now heads into the third round nine shots off the pace.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: With tee times moved up to avoid possible inclement weather, all eyes will be on Garcia, as he looks for his first PGA Tour win since the 2012 Wyndham Championship. After making everything in sight across his final nine holes, it remains to be seen how he can respond with several big names – including multiple major champions – still within reach.

Shot of the day: Starting on the back, Henrik Stenson got his round off to an ideal start by holing a wedge from 108 yards on the 10th. The eagle propelled Stenson to a 4-under 66 that moved him to 3 under for the week.

Quote of the day: “It was definitely a dream back nine.” – Garcia

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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.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

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.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

Article: Video, images from Tiger, DJ's round with Trump

Article: After DJ and Tiger, Trump plays golf with Jack

Rory faces criticism

Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'

President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

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.