Thomas leads DJ by 1, Rory and Phil by 2 at WGC

By Nick MentaMarch 4, 2017, 10:40 pm

Thanks to a hole-in-one at the par-3 13th and a round of 5-under 66, Justin Thomas will take a one-shot lead over Dustin Johnson into the final round of the WGC-Mexico Championship.

Here's where things stand through 54 at Club de Golf Chapultepec, where Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy sit just two behind: 

Leaderboard: Thomas (-12), Johnson (-11), McIlroy (-10), Mickelson (-10), Lee Westwood (-9), Jon Rahm (-9), Tommy Fleetwood (-8), Tyrrell Hatton (-8), Thomas Pieters (-8), Jordan Spieth (-7), Matt Kuchar (-7), J.B. Holmes (-7), Daniel Berger (-7) 

What it means: Sunday in Mexico will boast a star-studded leaderboard and a battle of golf's heavyweights. Thomas, who now has a 59 and an ace this season, is trying to trying to lock down his fourth victory by March 4, a month before the Masters. Johnson, the No. 1 player in the world, is trying to win in back-to-back starts. By doing so, he'd become only the second player to win four World Golf Championships, joining Tiger Woods, who has 18. Making his return from injury, McIlroy could actually supplant Johnson at the top of the world ranking with a victory Sunday should DJ finish worse than solo fourth. And finally, there's the 46-year-old Mickelson, once again looking to win for the first time since claiming the 2013 Open Championship. 

Round of the day: Jordan Spieth vaulted himself from 1 over to 7 under with a course-record 63. He improved his score at the first hole by five shots from Round 2 to Round 3, going from a triple bogey-7 to an eagle-2. He followed up with six birdies and 11 pars to jump 29 spots into a tie for 10th.

Best of the rest: There were lower rounds, but this has to go to Mickelson, who somehow authored a 68 while slapping it all over Chapultepec. His 3-under round featured six birdies, four fairways, three rules consultations, two hole-outs and one stolen ball.

Biggest disappointment: The third man in the final group with McIlroy and Mickelson, Ross Fisher dropped from T-2 to T-14 with a 1-over 72. The Englishman didn't make a par for his first seven holes on the back nine, carding three birdies and four bogeys.

Shots of the day: Thomas' ace | DJ's 317-yard 2-iron | Phil's ... everything else

Quote of the day: "I know it looks bad. I'm just telling you it's true." – Mickelson, successfully lobbying for relief from a sprinkler in the woods, as (not) seen here:

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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.


Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


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.


Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup


Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump


Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73


Cart on the green


Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green


Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open


Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National


Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open


Trump golf properties

Vandalism

Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses

Finances


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers


Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover


Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up


Pros comment on the president

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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