Stenson blows lead with quadruple bogey at 18

By Jay CoffinApril 5, 2012, 7:45 pm

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Henrik Stenson was cruising during the first round of the Masters. He was 5 under after 17 holes, had made two eagles, and had the outright lead. Then he came unraveled on the 18th hole and made quadruple-bogey 8 to shoot 71.

Stenson’s meltdown came right from the tee shot. He blew it left into some pine straw, then barely advanced the ball on the second shot, causing him to slam his club into the ground in disgust. His third was only 100 yards up the fairway, the fourth was over the back of the green. He hit a chunky chip onto the fringe, then did not get up and down. The attempt for triple bogey was only 3 feet.

'That was a trainwreck finish at the last,' Stenson said. 'I seem to be rolling up snowmans here now and again.

'But it was one bad hole. Other than that, it was a good day.'

Stenson, 36, now has the dubious distinction of joining Arnold Palmer and Jumbo Ozaki as the only players holding, or sharing, the worst score on two different holes at Augusta National. The 8 on 18 is a tie for the worst score there in tournament history. Stenson also made quintuple-bogey 8 at the par-3 fourth hole last year.

The tall, long-bombing Swede has never played particularly well at Augusta National. In six previous starts Stenson has made three cuts, hasn’t finished better than 17th place and missed the cut in each of the last two years. He has never shot lower than 70 at the Masters and only twice had he shot below par. Wednesday’s 71 marks the third time.

If you weren’t surprised to see Stenson at the top of the leaderboard for most of the day, you should’ve been.

If you weren’t surprised it’s likely because you remember him winning The Players Championship three years ago, or because you remember him as a European Ryder Cup stalwart.

Truth is Stenson hasn’t done much to speak of the past three years. He’s missed numerous cuts – 19 over the past 24 months to be precise – and he’s dropped to No. 171 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

This year has seen Stenson play better on the PGA Tour. He has made the cut in all four events he’s played. A third-place tie in Puerto Rico last month has given him confidence to believe he can again compete in golf’s biggest spotlights.

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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.

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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