With pressure off, Murray (68) in PGA mix

By Ryan LavnerAugust 10, 2017, 6:38 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Just last month, Grayson Murray was straddling the FedExCup cut line, in desperate need of a good week to secure his playing privileges for next season.

He did a whole lot better than that.

At the opposite-field Barbasol Championship, Murray broke through for his first PGA Tour title and locked up his card for the next two seasons. With that burden lifted, the 23-year-old is playing some of the best golf of his life, and he shot a 3-under 68 Thursday at the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow.

This has been a whirlwind year and a half for Murray, who suffers from society anxiety and has endured a turbulent path to the Tour. With no status on the Web.com circuit in 2016, he parlayed a sponsor exemption into a few top-10s to get his year rolling, then earned a victory in the Finals to gain his PGA Tour card for this season.

Prior to the Barbasol, Murray was known more for his incendiary Twitter account than his play, but those around him say he has turned an important corner in his career. The first move was hooking up with performance coach Josh Gregory, who expanded Murray’s arsenal of short-game shots. Then Murray hired caddie Micah Fugitt, who was on the bag for Billy Horschel’s FedExCup run in 2014. Murray made 10 consecutive cuts before taking the Barbasol.

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“People ask me was it relief or excitement, and it was excitement,” Murray said. “Getting that first win was huge, confidence wise. I can’t stress how hard it is to win out there. What Jason Day or Rory [McIlroy] or Jordan Spieth or Hideki [Matsuyama] do, people take that for granted. It’s unbelievable.”

This is Murray’s second major appearance, after a missed cut as an amateur at the 2013 U.S. Open. Playing two and a half hours from his home in Raleigh, he had plenty of friends and family out at Quail Hollow on Thursday to watch him in the first group out.

“That win took a lot of nerves off,” Murray said. “I’m freewheeling it now. I’m not going to put any pressure on myself now. I know I have the game to win. It’s just a matter of putting together four rounds because that’s what it takes when you play in the majors.

“All the world-class players are here, so I’ll have to play my A-plus game right now to win, where some guys may be able to play their B-plus and win. Hopefully I’ll be at that stage of my career soon.”

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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.

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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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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green

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Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

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Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

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Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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Pros comment on the president

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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.