Stenson again comes up short at Bay Hill

By Will GrayMarch 20, 2016, 11:35 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Another year, another near-miss for Henrik Stenson at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Stenson has been a mainstay on Bay Hill leaderboards for the past four years, and he once again had a chance Sunday to claim an elusive title. Beginning the final round two shots behind Jason Day, the Swede grabbed a share of the lead with birdies on Nos. 12 and 13.

But he dropped a shot on the very next hole, and his title chances ended at the par-5 16th. After hitting 3-wood off the tee as he had all week, Stenson tugged his 4-iron approach into the water, leading to a costly bogey.

After a 1-under 71, he finished in a tie for third, three shots behind Day, and remains winless overall since 2014.

“It wasn’t to be today,” Stenson said. “I feel like both yesterday and today, I came up on the wrong side on one or two times with small margins. It’s a game of small margins.”

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Stenson is an Orlando resident, and now has finished T-5 or better each of the last three years in his de-facto hometown event. While he was disappointed with this most recent result, Stenson left the course in a much better frame of mind than he did last year after surrendering the 54-hole lead to Matt Every.

“Last year, I felt like I had it in my hand and let it slip. Today I was one of the guys in the mix, and I think I did pretty well to be in the mix given my confidence level, really,” he said. “When it’s a four-man race at the top, and it’s that tight, you’ve got to do some good stuff. I just didn’t feel like I had that extra gear to produce it, really.”

Stenson declared earlier this year that he would skip next week’s WGC-Dell Match Play, and his final start before the Masters will be at the Shell Houston Open. Despite a run of recent form that also includes a T-11 finish last week in Tampa, the Swede has no regrets about his unique scheduling decision.

“It was always going to be a bit of give-and-take, and you’re going to miss out on one or two tournaments this year, I thought, with the Olympics, Ryder Cup and everything else,” Stenson said. “I’ve got to get a schedule together this year that suits me, and my traveling schedule and everything, so with that in mind you’ve just got to accept that those things are going to happen.” 

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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 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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