Stuard beats Lovemark, An to win Zurich playoff

By Will GrayMay 2, 2016, 4:22 pm

After days of delays and a reduction to 54 holes, the Zurich Classico f New Orleans is finally in the books. Here is how things ended up in New Orleans, where Brian Stuard earned his first PGA Tour win in overtime:

Leaderboard: Brian Stuard (-15, won on second extra hole), Jamie Lovemark (-15), Byeong-Hun An (-15), Bobby Wyatt (-14), Jhonattan Vegas (-13), Jason Day (-13), Chris Kirk (-13)

What it means: Lovemark was trailing both Stuard and Vegas when the third round resumed Monday morning, but he made a move to the top with three birdies on Nos. 10-13. An was the first to post 15 under, and Lovemark had a chance for the win but three-putted from 90 feet on the final green. Stuard birdied the last to join the playoff, and while An was eliminated on the first extra hole it was Stuard who took the title with a birdie on the second extra hole. The win is the first of his career in his 120th PGA Tour start, and it brings with it a two-year exemption and a spot in the 2017 Masters.

Round of the day: Former Alabama standout Wyatt was playing this week on a sponsor invite, but he made the most of his opportunity with a closing 64. While Wyatt has no status on any major tour, he closed with eight birdies and an eagle against two bogeys, and briefly held the lead before a pair of short misses on Nos. 14 and 15. The fourth-place finish earns him a healthy check of $336,000 - as well as a spot this week at Quail Hollow - as he eyes a Tour card for next season.

Best of the rest: Kirk continued his strong return after a hand injury sidelined him last season, closing with a 7-under 65 to share fifth place. Kirk made seven birdies during his third round without dropping a shot, and at 13 under he finished two shots back alongside Day, who closed with a 66. The result is Kirk's fifth top-25 finish in his last six starts dating back to Bay Hill.

Biggest disappointment: Vegas earns a spot here after failing to make a single birdie during Monday's re-start, but Lovemark has to feel like he let the trophy slip away. He held a one-shot lead for much of the back nine, but failed to close things out when he missed a 10-footer for the win in regulation. He again missed a chance to win on the first extra hole, then watched as his approach on the second playoff hole sailed wide left into the gallery, leaving a difficult pitch with Stuard already in tight.

Shot of the day: Stuard laid up on the second extra hole, but he then fired an approach from the fairway that rolled to within 3 feet of the hole. The subsequent birdie gave him the victory after Lovemark could only manage par.

Quote of the day: "My short game was awesome this week, and my putter was great." - Stuard, who didn't make a bogey during the tournament

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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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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