Stenson no longer under the radar after opening 69

By Will GrayJune 12, 2014, 8:29 pm

PINEHURST, N.C. – It’s difficult to imagine the No. 2-ranked player in the world flying under the radar at a major championship, but Henrik Stenson appears to have pulled it off.

While much of the early-week storylines at the U.S. Open centered around Phil Mickelson’s quest for the career grand slam, or Bubba Watson’s search for a second consecutive major, or Adam Scott protecting his top ranking, Stenson has drummed up hardly any buzz. That may change after the Swede carded a 1-under 69 Thursday at Pinehurst No. 2.

“I played nicely. Some of the best I’ve played all year, I think,” said Stenson, who found 14 of 18 greens in regulation. “Anything in red numbers at the U.S. Open is always taken, and I’m happy with that.”

A winner of both the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai titles last year, Stenson balanced four birdies against three bogeys in his opening round. Still in search of his first career major, he has had solid – albeit unspectacular – results in 2014, with only one top-10 finish in eight starts on the PGA Tour this season.

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“I’m battling kind of the hangover from last year in terms of energy, more so the first couple of months,” Stenson said. “I came in here, I hadn’t touched a club for six days. That’s not normally a lead-up to a major, but I did some work early on in the week and I feel like I’m playing my way into better form.”

While plenty of holes were forcing players into big numbers during the first round, Stenson felt the most difficult hole – or at least, green – was on the par-5 fifth, which played under par for the day.

“If you guys want to see some disasters, you should get a hot dog, Snickers and Coke and head down to No. 5, because that’s as hard as it can ever get,” said Stenson, who birdied the hole. “I think at one point (my approach) was about 15 feet away for eagle. And then I got an extremely difficult bunker shot next from about 25 yards up the hill, and I hit it to about a foot. But if it goes another foot, it's off the green on the other side.

“That green, yeah, you’re just happy if you get it to stay on the surface.”

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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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