History says Phil's 63 at Troon doesn't guarantee win

By Ryan LavnerJuly 15, 2016, 9:02 am

TROON, Scotland – Phil Mickelson may have been on the brink of major-championship history Thursday (relive the final two putts here), but his opening 63 at Royal Troon doesn’t guarantee that he’ll hoist the claret jug come Sunday.

Of the eight players who previously shot 63 in The Open, only Greg Norman in 1986 went on to win. He shot the low score in the second round at Turnberry, followed it up with a 74 and won by five.

Rory McIlroy is the only other player to shoot 63 in the opening round of the year’s third major. He famously followed that round with an 80, but rebounded to finish third at St. Andrews.


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Of the seven players to open with a 63 in a major, only Jack Nicklaus (1980 U.S. Open) and Raymond Floyd (1982 PGA Championship) went on to win that week.

“One of the biggest challenges is when you shoot a round like this, you start having expectations running through your head and so forth,” Mickelson said, “and that’s one thing that I’ll have to try to suppress and hold off.”

Here is the list of players who shot 63 in The Open and how they eventually finished:

Mark Hayes, 1977 (Round 2), finished 9th

Isao Aoki, 1980 (Round 3), 12th

Greg Norman, 1986 (Round 2), Won

Paul Broadhurst, 1990 (Round 3), 12th

Jodie Mudd, 1991 (Round 4), 5th

Nick Faldo, 1993 (Round 2), 2nd

Payne Stewart, 1993 (Round 4), 12th

Rory McIlroy, 2010 (Round 1), 3rd

Phil Mickelson, 2016 (Round 1), ?

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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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