Gal increases Titleholders lead to three through 36

By Will GrayNovember 22, 2013, 9:16 pm

With several players near the top of the leaderboard struggling in the wind Friday at Tiburon Golf Club, Sandra Gal remained in control throughout much of her second round. Here's how things look heading into the third round of the CME Group Titleholders, where Gal leads by three shots at the halfway point:

Leaderboard: Sandra Gal (-11), Sun Young Yoo (-8), Cristie Kerr (-6), Gerina Piller (-6), Pornanong Phatlum (-6), Morgan Pressel (-5), Anna Nordqvist (-5)

What it means: A runner-up at this event in 2011, Gal is in position to finish one spot higher this time around. The German got off to a somewhat slow start, playing her first 12 holes in even par, but caught fire coming home to card a 3-under 69. At 11 under through 36 holes, she now leads by three shots as she looks to claim her second career LPGA title.

Round of the day: After an opening-round 71 left her in the middle of the pack, Piller shot up the leaderboard thanks to a bogey-free, 5-under 67. The recent Solheim Cup member carded a pair of birdies on her outward nine and added two more on her inward half, including at both Nos. 17 and 18. Piller found every fairway and reached all but two greens in regulation, and now finds herself tied for third heading into the weekend.

Best of the rest: A major winner last year at Mission Hills, Yoo failed to drop a shot en route to a 4-under 68 during Friday’s second round. The South Korean recorded three birdies across a six-hole stretch from Nos. 2-7, and at 8-under 136 she will have a spot alongside Gal in Saturday’s final group. Yoo capitalized on a strong short game Friday, needing only 24 putts while shooting one of the day’s lowest rounds despite reaching only 10 of 18 greens in regulation.

Biggest disappointment: Coming off a win last week in Mexico, Lexi Thompson appeared poised to contend again this week but was derailed somewhat by a 2-over 74. The teen struggled to garner any momentum during her second round, bogeying four holes en route to an outward nine of 2-over 38. One day after a bogey-free 66, Thompson made five bogeys on Friday, and she will now head into the weekend at 4 under, seven shots off the pace.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: All signs point to this week belonging to Gal. Though she leads by three, she’s five shots clear of all players outside of Yoo with 36 holes to play and has shown no signs of slowing down. Still, the event is far from over, as major champions like Kerr, Pressel and Nordqvist all remain within striking distance heading into the weekend.

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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

Article: After DJ and Tiger, Trump plays golf with Jack

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.