Streelman, Hoffman, LeBrun share 36-hole Heritage lead

By Will GrayApril 19, 2013, 9:58 pm

After being treated to benign scoring conditions Thursday, players were greeted by blustery, swirling winds Friday at Harbour Town, where birdies were hard to come by. Here's the skinny heading into the third round of the RBC Heritage, where three names sit atop a crowded leaderboard:

The leaderboard: Kevin Streelman (-6), Charley Hoffman (-6), Steve LeBrun (-6), Bill Haas (-5), Luke Donald (-5), Graeme McDowell (-4), Marc Leishman (-4), Rory Sabbatini (-4)

What it means: Having claimed his maiden victory last month in Tampa, Streelman is once again in position to lift a trophy this week at Harbour Town. He's joined at the top by Hoffman, who tied for third at the Valero Texas Open in his most recent start, and LeBrun, a veteran still in search of his first top-10 finish on the PGA Tour.

Round of the day: After unexpectedly missing the cut at Augusta National, McDowell is once again back on the first page of a PGA Tour leaderboard after a 4-under 67 Friday. The Ulsterman began the day slowly, parring each of his first four holes, but birdied three of the next five to ignite his round. After five birdies and only one bogey Friday, McDowell sits at 4-under overall and will begin the weekend just two shots off the pace.

Best of the rest: Following a 4-over 75 Thursday, Matt Jones appeared to be headed for an early exit from Hilton Head. The Australian rebounded Friday, though, notching seven birdies en route to a 4-under 67, tying McDowell for low round of the day honors. Jones closed with birdies on four of his final eight holes, and after tumbling down the leaderboard Thursday he will now start Saturday's third round at even par overall.

Biggest disappointment: With seven career top-10 finishes at Harbour Town, Ernie Els was considered a possible contender by many entering the week. Instead, the South African is heading home early after a pair of 2-over 73s, missing the cut at Hilton Head for the third year in a row. After leading the field in putting at Augusta National, Els managed just three birdies in 36 holes this week.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: Who can emerge from a crowded leaderboard? The list of players currently within three shots of the lead – 23 in total – includes an assortment of established veterans, grinding journeymen and younger players still looking to break through. With questionable weather conditions expected throughout the weekend, the tournament remains wide open with two rounds still to play.

Shot of the day: A runner-up earlier this year in Puerto Rico, Jordan Spieth is now a special temporary PGA Tour member, hoping to play his way to a full Tour card for the 2013-14 season. His second round got off to a hot start at Harbour Town when, after his second shot to the par-5 second came up 30 yards short of the green, Spieth found the hole with his subsequent pitch shot. The eagle helped him to an outward 32 Friday, and at 3-under 139 Spieth heads into the weekend firmly in contention.

Quote of the day: “I thought par was going to be a good score on every hole. I knew if you could make 18 pars and shoot a 71, it was going to be a good day.' – Leishman, following an even-par 71 during the second round that included two birdies and two bogeys.

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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.


Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


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

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup


Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump


Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73


Cart on the green


Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green


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


Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National


Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open


Trump golf properties

Vandalism

Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses

Finances


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers


Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover


Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up


Pros comment on the president

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 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.