Haas leads Masters by 1 over Scott, Bubba

By Ryan LavnerApril 10, 2014, 11:18 pm

Bill Haas shot a 4-under 68 Thursday to take the first-round lead at the Masters. Here’s the skinny on Round 1 at Augusta National:

The leaderboard: Bill Haas (-4); Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen and Bubba Watson at -3; Brandt Snedeker among 7 players tied at -2

What it means: It’s the lowest round of Haas’ Masters career; he failed to break 70 in his 16 previous rounds at Augusta. At 31, Haas is in the sweet spot of his major career, and he’s trying to accomplish what his father, Jay, could not. The past six Masters winners have opened with a sub-70 score. The last eight champions all have been T-10 or better after Day 1.

Round of the day: Adam Scott shook off his recent Bay Hill collapse and now is in position to become only the fourth player in history to win the Masters in back-to-back years. Scott stood at 4 under on the 12th tee, but his tee shot came up woefully short and he walked off the green with a double bogey. He rebounded with a birdie on 14 and made an 8-foot par putt on the final hole for a 69 – the same score he opened with a year ago.  

Best of the rest: Bubba Watson played the only bogey-free round of the day en route to an opening 69. Though he withdrew from Bay Hill after a first-round 83, the big hitter has finished T2-1-T2 in the last three stroke-play events that he has completed. When he won two years ago, Watson shot rounds of 69-71-70-68.

Biggest disappointment: It was a rough day for the last three major winners. Justin Rose was 4 over through his first seven holes and shot 76; Phil Mickelson made a pair of 7s during his opening 76; and Jason Dufner made a 9 on the par-5 13th on his way to an 80. That’s a combined 16 over par. This matched Mickelson's worst-ever Masters start and put him in jeopardy of missing the 36-hole cut, which he has done only once in 21 tries, back in 1997. Last year’s T-57 (71-76-77-73) was his second-worst finish. 

Quote of the day: “I played like a moron,” – Craig Stadler, after opening with 82 at the Masters in what likely will be his farewell appearance. 

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

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Reportedly fake TIME covers

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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