Watson, 64, makes the cut at Royal Liverpool

By Jay CoffinJuly 18, 2014, 6:41 pm

HOYLAKE, England – Tom Watson is the only person not surprised that he made the cut at his beloved Open Championship. After all, it was his goal this week and he was determined to achieve it.

The five time Open winner strolled up the 18th hole Friday at Royal Liverpool only needing par to advance to the weekend. He nearly made birdie, but easily tapped in for par. This is the fourth time that Watson made the cut at the Open in the last six years. That includes his epic performance in 2009 at Turnberry where he nearly won a sixth claret jug, but lost to Stewart Cink in a playoff.

“I came over here with a purpose to play my best golf and play on the weekend,” Watson said after shooting a second consecutive 73 that extended his record of being the oldest man to make the cut in the game's oldest championship. “Let’s see what happens on the weekend. See if the old guy can maybe get it rolling a little bit.”


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Although it is a surprise, it shouldn’t be. Just two short weeks ago Watson made the cut at the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic and ultimately tied for 35th place.

Watson was 2 over after 10 holes on Friday and he became a bit of an afterthought during a time when leader Rory McIlroy was blitzing the rest of the field. But Watson made birdie on the 14th hole and jumped inside the cut line by a shot. He made par on the last four holes to make the cut on the number and shot the exact same 36-hole score as Tiger Woods, a man Watson says needs to play well to earn a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

“Brilliant,” said Darren Clarke, Watson’s playing partner. “I don’t know where I’m going to be when I’m 64. If I was playing golf like the quality of golf that Tom Watson is playing, then I’d be very, very pleased.

“He’s just a gentleman on the golf course, and he played quite beautifully.”

A man who will likely be on Watson’s Ryder Cup team is Jim Furyk, who is currently No. 6 in U.S. points, and played alongside Watson for the first two days.

“It was pretty special playing with Tom, and the reception he got,” Furyk said. “To watch him grind it out and make a birdie on the way in and make the cut was pretty cool. I was pulling for him pretty hard on 18. And he hit a lot of good shots down the stretch.”

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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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