Last time a player blew 5-shot U.S. Open 54-hole lead

By Al TaysJune 15, 2014, 3:00 pm

Should Martin Kaymer fail to win the U.S. Open, he will become the first 54-hole Open leader in almost a century to blow a lead of five or more strokes in the final round. The last one was Mike Brady, in the 1919 U.S. Open at Brae Burn Country Club in West Newton, Mass.

How Brady came to claim this dubious distinction is one of golf’s classic stories, and like so many other classic golf stories, it stars Walter Hagen.

In 1919 Hagen was 26. He already had one national championship to his credit – the 1914 U.S. Open. But he had come up short in the 1915 and ’16 Opens, and the championship was suspended in 1917-18 because of World War I, so he was eager to reclaim the trophy.

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Brady, a well-known Massachusetts pro, had seized the lead after 36 holes and stretched his advantage to five shots over Hagen after 54. Brady slumped to an 80 in the fourth round, however.

On the 18th green, Hagen faced an 8-foot birdie putt to win. Before he stroked it, he called for Brady to come out of the clubhouse to watch. The only un-Hagen-like aspect of the scene was that he lipped out the putt, and the two men prepared for an 18-hole playoff the next day.

Brady spent the night at home, resting. Hagen stayed out partying with singer Al Jolson and Jolson’s troupe. A sleep-deprived but supremely confident Hagen won the playoff, 77-78.

Hagen, of course, became a golf immortal, on and off the course. And things didn’t turn out so badly for Brady. After Hagen won the 1919 Open, he resigned as head pro at Oakland Hills and recommended Brady as his replacement. Brady got the job, and subsequently won the 1922 Western Open, a major of the era, at Oakland Hills. 

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

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.

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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.