South Floridas golden trio Kerr Pressel Thompson

By Randall MellJuly 24, 2010, 7:44 pm

South Florida ought to be proud this summer.

That part of the country’s doing something remarkably right in a time when the United States has been hammered for showing so poorly in women’s golf. The region's playing a big part in an American resurgence.

Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., shot a 5-under-par 67 Saturday to bolt back atop the leaderboard at the Evian Masters in her bid to win her third LPGA title. Alexis Thompson of Coral Springs, Fla., is tied for fourth just three shots back. 

Three weeks ago, Miami’s Cristie Kerr became the first American to gain the No. 1 ranking in women’s golf. This was after she won the LPGA Championship by a record 12 shots.

As they say, there must be something in the water supply down there.

Pressel, 22, and Thompson, 15, grew up 18 miles apart in South Florida, Pressel playing at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton and Thompson at TPC Eagle Trace in Coral Springs, Fla. Kerr, 32, grew up playing at Kendale Lakes, 40 miles south of Pressel and Thompson.

When she was 13, it seems so long ago now, Pressel played in the U.S. Women’s Open at Pine Needles after becoming the youngest player ever to qualify. At 12, Thompson broke Pressel’s record, qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Open in its return to Pine Needles. Like Pressel and Thompson, Kerr was the No. 1 amateur in the nation before turning pro.

I remember back when Alexis teed it up in her first U.S. Women’s Open qualifier. She was just 10.  Herb Krickstein, Morgan’s grandfather, demonstrated once more his eye for talent. Way back then, he told me: 'If anyone is going to break Morgan’s [U.S. Women's Open] record, it’s Lexi.”

If they’re on the same career trajectories, watch out for Thompson at the Kraft Nabisco. Pressel became the youngest winner of a major claiming that title when she was 18. Thompson shared low amateur honors there two seasons ago.

A look at today’s leaderboard is promising for another American celebration.

Brittany Lincicome blistered Evian Masters Golf Club with a 65 on Saturday, equaling her lowest round as an LPGA pro. She's heating up, having tied for second at the Bell Micro two months ago.

That’s three Americans among the top five on the Evian Masters leaderboard heading into Sunday. After going a year with just one victory, an American triumph on Sunday would mark the fourth U.S. triumph in the last six LPGA events.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

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.

Playing with the pros

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

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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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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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