Kim channels Ochoa for first-round lead

By Randall MellNovember 14, 2014, 12:56 am

Christina Kim is channeling her inner Lorena Ochoa this week.

That’s never a bad game plan, especially when you’re playing the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

With a 7-under-par 65 Thursday, Kim is the first-round leader in Mexico City, a shot ahead of Azahara Munoz and three ahead of Lydia Ko.

Rolex world No. 1 Inbee Park opened with a 70. No. 2 Stacy Lewis, who arrived in Mexico feeling ill after the long trip from the event in Japan last week, struggled to a 76.

Kim said she is inspired this week by memories of Ochoa, a player she knows well with their roots so interwoven as fledgling pros. They were rookies together when they joined the LPGA. They were also rookies together on the Symetra Tour, where Ochoa beat out Kim for that tour’s Player of the Year award.

“I tried to emulate her today by having a sense of peace,” Kim said.

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Ochoa, host of this championship, was at Club de Golf Mexico Thursday, watching the action. She won 27 LPGA events with a gracefulness of swing and spirit before retiring to start a family four years ago while still holding the Rolex world No. 1 ranking.

“I’ve personally gotten a lot of inspiration from being fortunate enough to play in the same era that Lorena played in,” Kim said.

Munoz has a million reasons to step up pursuit of Kim on Friday. Munoz is 10th in the Race to the CME Globe points standings. The top nine going to next week’s CME Group Tour Championship will have a shot at the $1 million jackpot at the conclusion to the season-long points race. Munoz needs to finish T-4 or better this week to crack the top nine.

For Kim, the Lorena Ochoa Invitational may end up being an endurance test. She is playing for the seventh consecutive week, having competed in all six events in the LPGA’s fall Asian swing. Mexico is the sixth country she has visited in that seven-week odyssey.

“It’s a really, really special event,” Kim said. “More than anything, I’m just thrilled to be here.”

Kim, who turned 30 earlier this season, is seeking her third LPGA title, her first since 2005. She’s making her way back from some tough detours in her career. She stumbled to 106th on the LPGA money list two seasons ago, forcing a return to Q-School. She has been open about struggles with depression in her recent past, and there have been injuries, too. She’s coming back this year from a torn tendon in her right elbow and forearm, an injury that plagued her most of the last three seasons and finally sidelined her for four months through late last year and early this year.

Thursday’s hot start gives Kim her first lead in an LPGA event since 2009, when she shared the second-round lead at the Kraft Nabisco.

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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.

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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.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

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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

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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.