Woods wraps up 73, but elbow appears fine

By Ryan LavnerJune 14, 2013, 1:52 pm

ARDMORE, Pa. – Tiger Woods played his last 7 1/2 holes in 1 over Friday, finishing up a 3-over 73 in the weather-delayed first round of the U.S. Open. That left him six shots off Phil Mickelson’s lead.

“Overall it was not too bad a round,” Woods said afterward. “I certainly had two 3-putts and a boatload of putts or the round could have easily been under par. So that’s good heading into this afternoon.”

When play was suspended Thursday night, Woods had left himself a 3 1/2-footer for par on the 11th green. By the time he returned to the course for the resumption of play at 7:15 a.m. ET, the temperature was in the low-50s, and Woods said he was surprised by how fast the greens had become overnight.

After making that short par putt on 11, Woods flared his drive on the 12th into the thick, 6-inch rough. He advanced the ball only about halfway to the green and eventually made bogey, but perhaps encouragingly he showed no visible signs of discomfort with his left elbow. On at least four occasions Thursday he was seen shaking his left arm after gouging out of the rough.

“It is what it is,” Woods said of the pain. “You move on, and I’ve got to get ready for this next round in a little bit.”


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Woods bounced back with a 12-foot birdie putt on 13, but he proceeded to drop another shot on 17, when his tee shot on the long par 3 landed in an awkward spot above the bunker.

This is the sixth time in the last seven years that Woods has opened with an over-par round at the Open. (The lone exception was last year at The Olympic Club, where he opened with 69.) He hasn’t captured a major title since the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, nor has he won after an opening round as high as 3 over.

Said Woods: “It’s one of those golf courses where there are some easy holes and there’s some hard holes that follow. You’ve got to take care of the easy holes and try and get through the hard ones. And for some reason I left myself quite a few putts in there where they were easily makeable and I didn’t make any.”

No player in the glitzy 1-2-3 group at the Open played particularly well in the opening round. Masters champion Adam Scott played his seven holes Friday in 5 over par to shoot 72, while world No. 2 Rory Mcllroy carded a 73.

The star-studded trio will head back out for their second round off No. 11 tee at 10:44 a.m. ET.

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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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