Nomura stands her ground, leads by 3

By Randall MellApril 24, 2016, 4:48 am

DALY CITY, Calif. – Haru Nomura didn’t back down.

Atop a leaderboard filled with a strong cast of challengers going into Saturday at the Swinging Skirts Classic, Nomura was asked how she felt about having to hold off some of the hottest players in the game.

“I’m hot, too,” Nomura said.

With a 1-under-par 71 in difficult conditions in the third round, Nomura refused to give up any ground, protecting her three-shot lead with solid play in windy, tough conditions at Lake Merced Golf Club.

At 10-under 206, Nomura holds that lead on Na Yeon Choi (71) and Lee-Anne Pace (69).

Brooke Henderson (69), Catriona Matthew (71) and Gerina Piller (72) are each five shots back. 

Nomura was paired Saturday with Minjee Lee, who won last week’s Lotte Championship closing hard with a 64. Lee was three behind Nomura at Saturday’s start but walked off the course six behind.

Full-field scores from the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic

Rolex world No. 1 Lydia Ko, seeking to win this event for the third consecutive year, was four back at day’s start but also left six behind.

Nomura, 23, showed she knows how to hold off a strong challenge back in February when she broke through to win the Women’s Australian Open for her first LPGA title. She took a one-shot lead on Ko into the final round there and watched Ko mount a charge at her with a 67. Nomura answered with a 65 for a three-shot victory.

Nomura is riding a lot of confidence from that triumph over Ko.

“You could say it's confidence, but what I feel right now is I feel very comfortable about golf,” Nomura said through a translator. “I just want to have fun. I'm not thinking about trying to beat someone. It's really about having fun.”

Nine months ago, Nomura was 106th in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings. She is 36th now. She was the 16th-highest ranked Japanese woman in the world last summer. She’s the highest ranked now. That’s significant, because the top two Japanese players in the world rankings are assured spots in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this summer when qualifying is finalized on July 11.

While Nomura plays under the Japanese flag, she has strong Korean roots. She was born in Japan to a Japanese father and Korean mother but moved to Korea with her mother when she was 5 and grew up there.

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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

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

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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

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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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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.