Final-hole gaffe almost cost Johnson title

By Rex HoggardMay 28, 2012, 12:46 am

FORT WORTH, Texas – With shades of Roberto De Vicenzo – who famously lost the 1968 Masters because of a scorecard snafu and exclaimed “What a stupid I am.” – Zach Johnson announced himself into the Colonial press center on Sunday: “Zach Johnson, the ever stupid . . .”

Stupid, maybe, but unlike De Vicenzo, Johnson came away with the victory thanks to a three-shot cushion heading into the final hole. But that only made his gaffe on the 18th hole slightly easier to stomach.

Johnson’s troubles at the finishing hole began on the tee box when he hit out of turn, but they took a turn for the surreal when he failed to replace his ball mark on the closing green after moving it out of Jason Dufner’s line.

It wasn’t until Johnson had already began his victory celebration that his caddie Damon Green hugged him and quietly asked, “Did you put your mark back?” A PGA Tour official had told Green they were looking into it and Johnson confirmed he had not.

The ensuing two-stroke penalty gave Johnson a double-bogey-6 on the hole, thanks to a 4-footer he made that he thought was for par, and a one-stroke victory.

“Damon was raking the sand trap. I moved my mark. I did not move it back. I guess fortunately it went in. I don't know if I would have missed it,” said Johnson, who closed with a 72 for a 12-under total. “I feel very lucky, that's all. As I said earlier there is a number of adjectives that I am calling myself right now, and lucky would be the biggest one I can think of.”

Johnson said he’s never forgotten to replace his mark before and was thankful officials informed him of the infraction before he signed his scorecard, a violation that would have led to his disqualification.

For Dufner it was an eventful end to a dramatic few weeks that saw him win twice in three starts and move to eighth in the world golf ranking.

“’I asked him to move it. I tapped in for par and was just kind of getting out of his way,” Dufner said. “Sometimes guys say something about moving it back here and there. It's a courtesy that happens out here occasionally. But in that moment, to be honest with you, I wasn't thinking about him moving his coin back.”

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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.


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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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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.