Hoffmann extends lead to 3 at Bay Hill

By Will GrayMarch 20, 2015, 10:34 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Morgan Hoffmann kept up the momentum, and now sits 36 holes away from his first PGA Tour victory. Here’s how things look at the halfway point of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where Hoffmann leads a trio of players by three shots:

Leaderboard: Morgan Hoffmann (-13), Henrik Stenson (-10), Harris English (-10), Matt Every (-10), Ben Martin (-9), Rory McIlroy (-8)

What it means: Hoffmann began the day with a one-shot advantage, then surged ahead of the field with a 7-under 65 while playing in the first group of the day. He takes the pole position in search of that breakthrough win, and he remains in good shape for his first top-10 finish since September.

Round of the day: Playing alongside Hoffmann in the day’s first group, Danny Lee fired an 8-under 64 to grab a spot on the leaderboard. The Kiwi birdied his first two holes and didn’t slow down from there, making the turn in 5-under 31 and turning in a bogey-free card after making only two birdies during his opening-round 72.

Best of the rest: Hoffmann opened with 66, then bettered that score by a shot despite opening his second round with a bogey. He reeled off six birdies in a seven-hole stretch on the front nine and made eight altogether.

Biggest disappointment: Adam Scott appeared ready to contend after an opening 68, but the Aussie only managed a 1-over 73 during the second round. Scott had six bogeys, including three across his final five holes, and at 3 under he trails Hoffmann by 10 shots.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: Hoffmann is the man to beat, but recall that Scott led by seven at the halfway point a year ago and failed to leave with the trophy. Among the chase pack, Stenson appears most likely to make a run at the leader after closing his round Friday with a back-nine 30, though world No. 1 Rory McIlroy also lurks just off the pace following a second-round 66.

Shot of the day: Rookie Zac Blair had a rare highlight on the difficult par-4 third hole, holing a 6-iron from 174 yards for an eagle. The shot propelled him to a 5-under 67 in the second round, and at 4 under Blair easily made the cut.

Quote of the day: “My caddie and I pretty much set a game plan for the week, and I’m just trying to stick to it. It worked today.” – Hoffmann


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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.