Late eagle propels Bae to 4-shot lead at Frys.com

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 12, 2014, 12:08 am

Sang-Moon Bae made a 15-foot par-saving putt on the 16th hole, then followed with an eagle and a birdie, taking the lead in the Frys.com Open. Bae shot a 7-under-par 65 to get to 16 under, good for a four-shot lead over Zachary Blair. Here is the skinny after 54 holes in Napa, California.

The leaderboard: Sang-Moon Bae (-16), Zachary Blair (-12), Matt Kuchar (-11), Scott Langley (-11), Brooks Koepka (-11), Martin Laird (-11)

What it means: Bae, who started the third round one shot behind leader Martin Laird, got off to a sizzling start, birdieing five holes in a row starting at No. 2. After bogeying the seventh, he turned in 4-under 32. He cooled off on the back nine, with no birdies and only one bogey through No. 14. He birdied the par-3 15th, but it was his par save on the par-5 16th that might have saved his round. Bae was in a hazard beside the green in two, and failed to reach the green on either of his next two shots. But he rolled in a putt from the fringe to salvage par. He then drove the 292-yard, par-4 17th and sank a 7-foot putt for eagle.

Round of the day: Bae's 65, which he saved by getting up and down from the middle of the fairway on 18, was the day's best score.

Best of the rest: On a day with perfect scoring conditions, Matt Kuchar, Retief Goosen and Robert Allenby matched 6-under rounds of 66.

Biggest disappointment: Mark Hubbard shot 75 and dropped 25 spots on the leaderboard, from fourth to 29th.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: Bae won the 2013 HP Byron Nelson Championship, but he hasn't had even a top-10 finish since. Blair finished 41st on the Web.com Tour's regular-season money list, but finished second in the circuit's tour championship. For Kuchar, a win might take some of the sting out of the Ryder Cup loss.

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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

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