Wie leads by three through two rounds at Pinehurst

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 20, 2014, 10:28 pm

Michelle Wie will take a three-shot lead into the weekend as she looks to win her first career major at the U.S. Women's Open. Here are the highlights from Round 2 at Pinehurst No. 2:

Leaderboard: Michelle Wie (-4); Lexi Thompson (-1); a-Minjee Lee (E), Amy Yang (E), Stacy Lewis (E)

What it means: Wie finished runner-up in the year's first major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, before winning the following week at the Lotte Championship in Hawaii for her first victory in four years. Dating back to the Kraft Nabisco, she's finished in the top 10 in six of her last seven events. Her best finish in the U.S. Open was a T-2 at Newport Country Club in 2006, when she was 16. Only Stacy Lewis with a first-round 67 has posted a round better than Wie's back-to-back 68s.

Best of the rest: After starting on the back, Lexi Thompson was 1 over through her first nine holes but made three straight birdies at Nos. 3, 4 and 5 to card a 2-under 68. Wie and Thompson are the only players in the field under par through two rounds. Remember, it was the 19-year-old Thompson who bested Wie for the Kraft Nabisco title earlier this year to win her first career major. Looks like they'll be going at it again at Pinehurst.

Biggest disappointment: Lewis, the overnight leader and World No. 1, followed up a 3-under 67 Thursday with a 3-over 73 Friday to fall back to even par for the championship. In an up-and-down (but mostly down) round, Lewis made six bogeys, including four in her first eight holes, against three birdies. World No. 2 and defending champion Inbee Park fared better and made the cut thanks to a 1-over 71.

Storyline we loved and lost: The youngest player ever to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open, 11-year-old Lucy Li finished 16 over after back-to-back 78s. Li exits Pinehurst in a tie for 125th out of a field of 154. She's probably off eating ice cream somewhere. Good for her on both accounts.

Storyline to watch over the weekend: Other than the Big Wiesy chasing her first major and Lexi looking for two in a row? How about Minjee Lee? The 18-year-old Aussie amateur sits four shots back of Wie at even par. Lee won the Austailian Amateur in 2013 and successfully defended her title in 2014. No amateur has won the Open since the Catherine Lacoste of France did so back in 1967.

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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.

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

Article: Video, images from Tiger, DJ's round with Trump

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Rory faces criticism

Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'

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


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


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

Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.