Verizon Win on the Horizon for Jack
Nicklaus stands at 4-under-par; two shots back of Hale Irwin, who fired a five-under-par 66 on the TPC of Tampa Bay to move to 6-under for the tournament.
Nicklaus is one of six players tied for second place. Gil Morgan (67), Bob Gilder (68), Jose Maria Canizares (68), Bobby Walzel (68) and defending champion Bruce Fleisher (69) are all deadlocked at 4-under.
Dana Quigley recorded the low round of the day in Lutz, Fla., a 6-under-par 65. Quigley is in a six-way tie for eighth place at 3-under.
Nicklaus, 61, is seeking his first victory since the 1996 Tradition, and his 11th overall on the Senior circuit. Saturday, he posted a pair of birdies to offset a pair of bogeys to finish the day where he started.
'I haven't been in the position to win a golf tournament for a long time,' said Nicklaus. 'It would be neat. I'd love to win. It would give me confidence and I would play more. I'd really enjoy it.'
Irwin made his move up the leaderboard on the back nine. After making the turn in 1-under, Irwin birdied holes 11-13. He completed his round by rolling in a 30-footer for birdie at the 18th.
'I feel like my game is not particularly sharp,' said Irwin, who is playing in his first full-field event of the year. 'What's carrying the day is being fresh.'
Irwin bettered Nicklaus earlier in the season at the Skins Game. Though he did so with a little help from Jack. Nicklaus made a putt on the 18th to force extra holes. Had he missed the putt, Gary Player would have won the hole and Nicklaus would have won the event. As it was, Irwin birdied thse 19th hole to win the skins and the title.
Irwin is coming off a four-win season a year ago, which included the U.S. Senior Open. A win this week would vault him into sole possession of first place on the Senior Tour all-time wins list at 30. He currently shares that honor with Lee Trevino.
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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
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
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.
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
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18
Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo
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.
In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.