Spieth leads Masters by 2 after bogey-free 66

By Will GrayApril 7, 2016, 10:59 pm

After the opening round of the 2016 Masters, the leaderboard looks an awful lot like the one from the end of the 2015 Masters. Here's how things look after the opening round at Augusta National, where Jordan Spieth leads by two shots:

Leaderboard: Jordan Spieth (-6), Danny Lee (-4), Shane Lowry (-4), Justin Rose (-3), Sergio Garcia (-3), Ian Poulter (-3), Paul Casey (-3), Soren Kjeldsen (-3)

What it means: Spieth went out in the early wave and set the mark, cruising around Augusta National without dropping a single shot. While players like Lowry and Jason Day (72) appeared on the verge of catching Spieth, no one else was able to reach 6 under. As a result, Spieth becomes the first defending champ to hold at least a share of the opening-round lead since Jose Maria Olazabal in 1995, and the first to hold the opening-round lead outright since Jack Nicklaus in 1966.

Round of the day: Just as he did last year en route to a four-shot win, Spieth combined some strong approach shots with all-world putting. Spieth made his move up the standings with three birdies in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 6-10, then maintained a clean card with clutch up-and-downs on Nos. 11, 12 and 16. A closing birdie gave him a 66 and tied Olazabal's 1995 effort for the lowest opener by a defending champ.

Best of the rest: Lowry earned a WGC victory last year in Akron, and he is again contending against a strong field after an opening-round 68. The Irishman got off to a hot start with four straight birdies on Nos. 2-5, then added another birdie on No. 8 to make the turn in 31. While he didn't card a birdie coming home, he still remains in prime position to contend for what would be his first major win.

Biggest disappointment: There were plenty of big names who struggled in the opening round, including Bubba Watson (75) and Adam Scott (76). But the biggest head-scratcher came from Rickie Fowler, who entered as one of the tournament favorites and promptly opened with an 80. Fowler doubled the first hole but fought back into red figures before imploding on the second nine, following a triple bogey on No. 13 with four more dropped shots over his final five holes. At 8 over, he beat only four players among the 89-man field.

Main storyline heading into Friday: All eyes remain on Spieth, who now has led after each of the last five rounds at Augusta National. He'll be out in the late wave during the second round, but appears entirely comfortable back at one of his most fertile hunting grounds. Should anyone give chase, though, it'll likely come from the powerful group at 3 under, which includes the likes of Rose, Casey and Garcia, all in search of their first Masters win.

Quote of the day: "I got a lot out of the round with what I felt was kind of average-ish ball-striking." - Spieth

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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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Trump golf properties


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Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

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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.