Poulter to Stenson: 'Don't look back'

By Randall MellNovember 16, 2013, 4:37 pm

Ian Poulter hasn’t had much luck chasing down Henrik Stenson in the Race to Dubai so far, but the Englishman is full of bravado as he heads into Sunday and his last chance to catch Stenson.

Four shots down going into the final round of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, Poulter had a message for Stenson after Saturday’s third round.

“Don’t look back,” Poulter said after shooting 66.

Nobody has won the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai in the same season. In fact, nobody has won them both, period. Stenson is trying to become the first after winning the FedEx Cup in September. He shot 67 Saturday in Dubai to stake himself to a one-shot lead over Victor Dubuisson (64). Poulter is tied for third with Alejandro Canizares (70).

If Poulter comes from behind to win the DP World Tour Championship, Stenson will have to finish no lower than second to claim the Race to Dubai title.

“The odds would be significantly shorter now, and I have put myself in position to try to kick his backside tomorrow,” Poulter told media after his round. “It's fun hunting Henrik, and if I can get off to a decent start it's going to be great on the back nine.

“Being European No. 1 would be a huge highlight in my career.”

Poulter and Stenson are friends who both make their homes in Lake Nona, Fla. They have engaged in some lively banter in the Final Series. They have a $100 wager on the Race to Dubai’s final outcome with Stenson giving Poulter 10-to-1 odds before the Final Series began.

Justin Rose (68) isn’t out of it, but he will need a giant Sunday charge from six shots back. Rose is second in the Race to Dubai standings. If Rose wins the DP World Tour Championship, he also wins the Race to Dubai, no matter what Stenson does.

Rose said Stenson won’t be easy to catch because the Swede is such a good frontrunner.

“It's when Henrik is not in contention that he seems to get frustrated and not know what to do,” Rose was quoted saying by Great Britian's Guardian newspaper. “So it's the opposite here. He is very comfortable. He is in a groove.”

Stenson led the Tour Championship on the PGA Tour after 54 holes in September and held on to win to also claim the FedEx Cup. He likes being in control atop a leaderboard.

“They are the ones that need to overtake me, so I am trying to stick to my game plan,” Stenson said. “It's working so far, so I don't see any point changing.”

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