Granada, Ciganda share CME lead; Wie 2 back

By Will GrayNovember 21, 2014, 8:29 pm

The winds were whipping Friday in Naples, but many of the best women in the world were still able to tame Tiburon Golf Club. Here's how things look after two rounds of the CME Group Tour Championship, where Julieta Granada shares the lead with Carlota Ciganda:

Leaderboard: Julieta Granada (-7), Carlota Ciganda (-7), Morgan Pressel (-6), Michelle Wie (-5), Sandra Gal (-5), Sarah Jane Smith (-5), So Yeon Ryu (-4), Chella Choi (-4)

What it means: Granada held the overnight lead and remained in front after a 1-under 71, although she was joined by Ciganda, a member of the victorious European Solheim Cup squad last year. While some of the game's top names faltered, Pressel and Wie moved within striking distance after carding low rounds, each hoping to cap a strong LPGA season for Americans with another U.S. victory.

Round of the day: Pressel hasn't won on the LPGA Tour since 2008, but she surged into contention Friday with a 6-under 66. Despite windy conditions, Pressel made it around Tiburon without dropping a shot and carded six birdies, including circles on each of the four par 5s.

Best of the rest: Like Pressel, Ciganda was bogey-free during the second round and the Spaniard made the most of the middle of her round. Ciganda's five birdies all came between Nos. 5-13, and after a 67 she now shares the lead as she looks for her first LPGA win.

Biggest disappointment: Stacy Lewis is still projected to win the season-long Race to the CME Globe, but she did herself no favors with a 2-over 74 Friday that dropped her six shots off the pace. Lewis struggled with accuracy all day, hitting only six of 18 greens in regulation, and her lone birdie came when she chipped in from in front of the green on No. 17.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: The final group will be relatively inexperienced and with only one victory between them, as Granada's lone win came in the form of a seven-figure payday in 2006. The chase pack is close behind, including Wie, who is looking for her third win of the year and who still has a realistic chance to capture the $1 million bonus on top of the $500,000 winner's check.

Shot of the day: Wie had one of the better rounds of the day with a 5-under 67, and the highlight came on the par-4 seventh when her 9-iron approach found the hole for an unexpected eagle. It capped a five-hole stretch in which she was 4 under.

Quote of the day: "I'd be lying if I said they weren't in my head. It's up there, you're thinking about it." - Lewis, on dealing with the possibility of winning the $1 million Race to the CME Group.

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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

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