Reed leads Humana by 2 after consecutive 63s

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2014, 11:22 pm

The Humana Challenge is an event where players expect to go low, and this week no one is going lower than Patrick Reed. Here's how things stand after two rounds in Palm Springs, where the former Augusta State standout holds a two-shot advantage:

Leaderboard: Patrick Reed (-18), Brendon Todd (-16), Ryan Palmer (-15), Charley Hoffman (-14), Bill Haas (-13), James Driscoll (-13)

What it means: Reed ended Thursday's first round atop the leaderboard after a 9-under 63 on the Palmer Private course, then replicated the feat Friday at La Quinta. A winner at the Wyndham Championship last year, Reed has begun to distance himself somewhat from the pack as he seeks a second PGA Tour win, but likely will need to maintain his current pace to keep his closest competitors at bay.

Round of the day: Reed began his day with a birdie on the opening hole at La Quinta and didn't look back. The 23-year-old had only a single bogey Friday and went on two mini-tears during his round, playing Nos. 4-6 in 4 under after an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole was sandwiched by birdies, then adding three straight circles to his card from Nos. 15-17. Reed has now made birdie or eagle on half of the 36 holes he has faced thus far this week in Palm Springs.

Best of the rest: One week after he found himself in the spotlight for his tan line, Stewart Cink earned some attention for his play on the course. The former British Open champ struggled to a 1-over 73 Thursday but bounced back remarkably during his second round at the Nicklaus Palmer course, carding a 9-under 63. Cink's bogey-free round included seven birdies and was highlighted by an eagle 2 at the par-4 ninth hole. Now at 8 under for the week, he still finds himself 10 shots off the pace set by Reed heading into the weekend.

Biggest disappointment: Playing the easiest course in this week's rotation, Rickie Fowler appeared poised to go low Friday at the Nicklaus Private but could only muster a 1-under 71 despite five birdies on his scorecard. Fowler suffered a pair of bogeys to go along with a double bogey on the par-4 home hole, a combination that left the 25-year-old at 5 under for the week and in jeopardy of missing the 54-hole cut.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: Reed remains the man to beat, and it still remains to be seen if he's even going to show any signs of mortality before leaving the California desert. This is an event, though, where players must make birdies often or risk getting left in the dust, and there are several players who will wake up Saturday with realistic chances to win, including former Humana champions Hoffman and Haas.

Shot of the day: Keegan Bradley stuck his tee shot at the par-3 17th at Nicklaus Private to two feet Friday, then did just a little better when he came to the par-3 third. The former PGA champ took an 8-iron off the tee for the 177-yard hole and landed his tee shot just right of the pin, only to see it trickle down the hill for a hole-in-one that helped to spark his round.

Quote of the day: "It was a 63 today, but I felt like I left a couple of shots out there." - Reed

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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.