Harrington leads Grand Slam with opening 66

By Will GrayOctober 23, 2012, 10:14 pm

Despite being a last-minute addition to the field, Padraig Harrington fired a 5-under 66 Tuesday to take a two-stroke lead at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

Harrington, who was named as a replacement for injured British Open champion Ernie Els over the weekend, carded seven birdies against a pair of bogeys at the Port Royal Golf Course. A three-time major winner, the Irishman last played in this exclusive event in 2008, when he lost in a playoff to Jim Furyk.

Harrington leads by two shots over Masters winner Bubba Watson, who opened with a 3-under 68 Tuesday. The leader by one shot after nine holes, Watson had the most adventurous round of the four-man field, recording an eagle and five birdies to go against four bogeys.

'It was nice to get off to a good start,' Harrington said. 'I had a 15-footer at the third and kind of lost my focus a bit on the line and drove it through the line and then hit a bad putt coming back, a terrible bogey. I wasn't feeling great. You need to be making the birdies at that stage.'

U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson finds himself in third place after a 2-under 69 in his opening round, three shots off the pace set by Harrington. In contrast to Watson, Simpson began his day with six consecutive pars before making four birdies, with his lone bogeys coming on the final hole of each side.

Defending Grand Slam champion Keegan Bradley had a rough start to his round but battled back, ultimately shooting a 1-over 72. A replacement for PGA champion Rory McIlroy, who is in Shanghai this week for the BMW Masters, Bradley played his first six holes in 4 over before birdieing three of the next four holes to help salvage his round.

'I've been six shots back before with less time, so I look forward to going out tomorrow and just making a million birdies and having a good time,' Bradley said. 'I played very well. I could have really let it slip away and fought back and had a bunch of lip-outs too, and the round could have been better than it was.'

The 36-hole exhibition will conclude Wednesday from Southampton, Bermuda, with the winner taking home $600,000 from a $1.35 million prize purse.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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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.