Reed turns Humana into a rout with another 63

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2014, 10:38 pm

If anyone expected Patrick Reed to cool off Saturday at the Humana Challenge, they left the course sorely disappointed. Here's how things look heading into the final round in Palm Springs, where the 23-year-old holds a commanding advantage and shows no signs of slowing down:

Leaderboard: Patrick Reed (-27), Brendon Todd (-20), Charley Hoffman (-20), James Driscoll (-19), Justin Leonard (-18), Bill Haas (-18), Ryan Palmer (-17), Matt Jones (-17), Brian Stuard (-17), Will MacKenzie (-17)

What it means: Another day, another 63 for Reed, who shot the score for the third straight day and broke the PGA Tour's 54-hole scoring mark in the process. A winner last year at the Wyndham Championship, Reed appears to be in a zone that most golfers can only dream about, with a second PGA Tour trophy likely waiting for him at the conclusion of Sunday's round.

Round of the day: For the third consecutive day, no one went lower than Reed, whose 63 Saturday came at the Nicklaus Private course. The former Augusta State standout birdied three of his first five and made the turn in 5-under 31, capping his round with three birdies across his final four holes to move one step closer to earning the title of "Mr. 63." Reed has now made as many eagles as bogeys this week (two each) and increased his lead to seven shots heading into Sunday's finale.

Best of the rest: A winner here in 2007, Hoffman started slowly at the Palmer Private course but ended with a flurry. The 37-year-old stood on the 13th tee just 1 under on his round, but notched birdies on three of his next four holes before hitting his approach to the par-5 18th within five feet for an easy eagle. The surge helped Hoffman reach 20 under, tied with Todd and in great position to win the event on Sunday were it not for Reed's dominant play thus far.

Biggest disappointment: Daniel Summerhays began the day inside the top 10, but after struggling throughout his round at La Quinta he watched as more than a quarter of the field passed him by. While most players were deep in the 60s, Summerhays carded a 1-over 73 in the third round to drop to 10 under for the week. His hopes of a win are fully extinguished, as are realistic chances for a significant payday, as he now sits 17 shots off the pace with more than 50 names above his in the standings.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: The final round in the desert will essentially serve as a coronation for Reed. While Scott Stallings carried a five-shot lead into the final round here a year ago and came up empty, Reed is showing no indications that he is mortal, let alone willing to cede any of his current seven-shot edge. His challenge Sunday will be both to finish off his second career PGA Tour win and to challenge the Tour's 72-hole scoring record, which is now remarkably within reach.

Quote of the day: "To me, it feels like a Monday. It’s an 18-hole shootout and we’re all starting at even par. I plan on going out and trying to beat the whole field tomorrow, and make my lead not only bigger, but also try to get that 62." - Reed, describing his outlook on Sunday's final round.

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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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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green


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Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open


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Trump golf properties

Vandalism

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Finances


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Reportedly fake TIME covers


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Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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Pros comment on the president

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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.