McGirt, Johnson tied for the lead at John Deere

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 11, 2014, 11:55 pm

William McGirt and Zach Johnson are tied for the lead at 12 under heading into the weekend at the John Deere Classic. Here's how things look through 36 holes at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.:

Leaderboard: McGirt (-12), Johnson (-12), Steven Bowditch (-11), Brian Harman (-11), Johnson Wagner (-11)

The leaders: After starting on the back and making the turn at even par, McGirt birdied Nos. 1-4 and 7-8 before a bogey on his final hole, the 503-yard par-4 ninth, during a back-nine 30 and Friday 66. Johnson made seven birdies against three bogeys as a solid follow-up to his opening-round 63.

Round of the day: Tim Clark birdied each of his first five holes and three more on the back for an 8-under 63. Clark's score Friday tied for the low round of the tournament, after three players - Johnson, Harman and Rory Sabbatini - matched it Thursday.

Best of the rest: Defending champion Jordan Spieth is at 7 under for the round and tournament after a 64 Friday, shaving seven shots from his even-par 71 in Round 1. Spieth made eight birdies but, like McGirt, bogeyed his final hole, the par-4 ninth. From a 20-year-old to a 47-year-old, part-timer Steve Stricker turned in a 6-under 65 and sits just three back of McGirt and Johnson at 9 under. Wagner, meanwhile, looked as if he was going to end the day tied for the lead, but bogeyed the ninth to close with a 65.

Biggest disappointment: Rory Sabbatini remains in the hunt at 9 under through two rounds but followed his Thursday 63 with a 70. He was the only player tied for 10th or better who failed to post a round in the 60s.

Storylines heading into the weekend: Will past champions reign again? Johnson is in search of his 12th career PGA Tour victory and his second at the John Deere. Spieth has the opportunity to claim his first two PGA Tour wins back-to-back at the same event. He'd be the first to do so since Boo Weekley won the Heritage at Harbour Town in 2007 and 2008. Stricker is in search of his 13th career victory, his first since 2012 and his - wait for it - fourth John Deere in the last six seasons. He went back-to-back-to-back in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Separately, McGirt finds himself tied for the lead after missing the cut in 13 of his 23 events this season, including last week at The Greenbrier. The 35-year-old has never won on Tour in 111 starts dating back to 2007. He has twice finished runner-up, doing so on both occasions at the Canadian Open in 2012 and again in 2013

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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