What to expect Sunday at Bethpage

By Jay CoffinJune 21, 2009, 3:34 am

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – The 109th U.S. Open will end one of these days. At least we’ve finally found a way to make the cut, leaving only 60 players with a chance to win. The forecast is terrible for Sunday, but there is a slim chance that a champion will be crowned by the end of the day. Still here is a list of things to watch during Sunday’s race:

Sweet little Mother Nature

She’s been a big pain in the rump all week so why would Sunday be any different? Bethpage Black has drained incredibly well for as much rain as it has received, but there is much more to come. According to one forecast, from 10 p.m. ET Saturday until 5 p.m. Sunday, the likelihood of heavy rainfall never falls below 70 percent. This course can’t hold that much more water. Frankly, it’s a minor miracle that this championship is as far along as it is right now.

Where will Tiger Woods finish?

There isn’t going to be a victory party, but smart money is still on a top 10. A bad side of the draw will keep Woods from major championship No. 15 but, hey, he’s been on the good side more often than not. Woods was tied for 41st after two rounds and is the ultimate grinder who will find a way to use the remaining holes to his benefit. The guy never quits, is more mentally tough than anyone else and will find a way to leapfrog 35 players before we’re done.

Duval feeling groovy

David Duval is the unanimous feel-good story of the week as he’s tied for fourth after two rounds. He came into the week saying that his scores aren’t a result of how well he’s swinging the club, but his numbers show that he’d only made four cuts all year on the PGA Tour and hadn’t finished better than 55th. The former British Open champion and world No. 1 has spent time getting to know the New York police and firefighters this week and has signed tons of autographs. It seems to be paying off in spades.

“I hope I appreciate it more but I also have a very good idea what great golf is about and what bad golf is about,” Duval said.

Merchandise pavilion

If it rains as much as predicted Sunday, the 43,000-square foot merchandise tent will be the most hopping place on the grounds. Mary Lopuszynski, director of licensing and U.S. Open merchandising, said that 1,200 umbrellas were gone by mid-morning Thursday during a weather delay and that another shipment of 1,000 arrived here Saturday. Combine that with the remaining ponchos and Lopuszynski will have her hands full. And shelves empty.

Amateur hour

Three amateurs made the cut and none shone brighter than the University of Washington’s Nick Taylor, who shot a second-round 65 to end the round tied for seventh. Taylor’s round equaled the U.S. Open record for low score by an amateur, matching the 65s shot by James McHale (1947) and James Simons (1971).

“It’s a good feeling to be able to make the cut,” Taylor said. “I really have no expectations. So just go out and play as well as I can and not have any pressure for the most part.”

Drew Weaver and Kyle Stanley were the other two amateurs to make the cut. Stanley made the cut on the number and Weaver was safely in with 69-72. It’s still a toss up to see who will take home low amateur honors.

European contingent

It’s been widely documented that a European hasn’t won the U.S. Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970 at Hazeltine. Sweden’s Peter Hanson (T-4), and English duo Lee Westwood and Ross Fisher (both T-7) are the best bets. If poor weather continues, the conditions may make the Europeans think they’re playing their Open, not the U.S. Open.

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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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