Stenson leads in Dubai title defense, Rory 2 back

By Will GrayNovember 21, 2014, 12:54 pm

Henrik Stenson hasn't won since he captured the DP World Tour Championship a year ago, but the Swede is in position to end his drought with a successful title defense. Here's how things look at the halfway point in Dubai, where Stenson holds a two-shot lead:

Leaderboard: Henrik Stenson (-10), Rory McIlroy (-8), Danny Willett (-8), Richie Ramsay (-8), Justin Rose (-7), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (-7), Shane Lowry (-7)

What it means: Stenson was 25 under on the Earth Course a year ago, and he has picked up right where he left off with rounds of 68 and 66. At 10 under, he holds the pole position but a weekend duel with McIlroy is shaping up as the Ulsterman takes home the Race to Dubai title that Stenson won a year ago.

Round of the day: Cabrera-Bello faced a significant deficit after a 1-over 73 in the opening round, but he bounced back in style with an 8-under 64 Friday. The Spaniard started his round with five straight birdies en route to an outward 30, then countered back-to-back bogeys with an eagle on the par-5 14th to move 35 spots up the standings.

Best of the rest: Stenson was one of five players to shoot 66 in the second round, as he carded seven birdies against just one bogey. After birdies on each of his first two holes, Stenson made the turn in 34 and played the back nine in 4 under, including a birdie on No. 16 followed by a two-putt birdie on the home hole.

Biggest disappointment: Argentina's Emiliano Grillo was only two shots back after an opening 68, but he fell well off the pace after a 3-over 75 in the second round. Grillo managed only two birdies on the day, playing his first four holes in 3 over and now trails Stenson by nine shots.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: Ramsay and Willett are capable players, but this could turn into a fight for the title between two of the world's best: Stenson and McIlroy, the last two winners of this event. With past success at Jumeirah Golf Estates to draw upon, both should keep the scores low this weekend - although keep an eye on Rose, who lurks just three shots back.

Shot of the day: Lowry was an overnight co-leader, but he struggled until he reached the par-3 13th The Irishman launched a 7-iron that bounced just in front of the hole before rolling in for an ace. Despite bogeys on three of his first four holes, the hole-in-one propelled Lowry to a 1-under 71 that kept him within shouting distance of Stenson.

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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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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


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Reportedly fake TIME covers

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Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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