Players take PGA delays, decisions in stride

By Rex HoggardJuly 31, 2016, 1:52 pm

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – The gloom that hung low over Baltusrol Golf Club matched perfectly with a general sense of foreboding held by many fans and media as the delayed third round resumed at the PGA Championship on Sunday.

Storms halted play on Saturday with five groups still waiting to tee off and officials were scrambling to complete the event on schedule, with the final round beginning at 8:40 a.m. ET.

With more storms forecast for Sunday the possibility of a Monday finish loomed, yet as unpopular as that may be to those in the media and viewing public the players largely seemed to be at ease with the scenario.

“It’s a major, I would have thought we would do everything that we can, even if we’re here until, well, no one likes the ‘Tuesday’ word, but even if we’re here until Tuesday,” Paul Casey said. “You do everything you can to complete the event in the manner appropriate for a major.”


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With no more delays, the final round should be completed around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, but as groups finished their third rounds a light rain began falling and the forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of more precipitation when the leaders are scheduled to tee off around 3 p.m.

Despite the hassle of continued delays and evolving travel plans, however, many players seemed to be taking the challenges in stride.

“I’m not bothered by any of it. It is what it is, you just have to go ahead and play and not worry about politics and things,” Steve Stricker said. “Everybody is in the same boat and we may be here until Monday, Tuesday even, you just have to go out and play.”

That’s not to say there hasn’t been plenty of second-guessing over the last two days in the locker room. From the PGA of America’s decision to not send players off the first and 10th tees on Saturday to the association’s move to not re-pair for the final round there has been plenty to talk about during the extended delays.

“We’re all experts in there, aren’t we? Every Tour player is a weatherman, every Tour player is an expert on set up. We’re all experts,” Casey smiled.

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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.

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