Hurst Takes First Day Lead
April 12, 2001
Pat Hurst captured the early lead at the Office Depot hosted by Amy Alcott after carding an opening round of 5-under-par 67 this morning.
Hurst birdied seven holes during the opening round. Two bogies, both recorded on the backside, left her finishing with a two-stroke lead over Dina Ammaccapane who recorded 3-under-par 69.
Wilshire C.C. featuring its small greens was playing tought today. In fact Hurst and Ammaccapane were the only two players with a morning tee times that were able to score sub-70 scores. Over all only a handful of players managed to shoot par or better.
With half the field still on the course the trio of Amy Alcott, Annika Sorenstam and defending champion Grace Park played their round with somewhat less privacy than usual.
Alcott was wired for sound during the opening round wearing a remote microphone usually reserved for on-course reporters. Miking players, a trend started during The Golf Channels telecast of the Canadian Tour this spring, allowed insight into a very private world today ' Annikas.
Annika Sorenstam has worked hard on elevating her game through practice, mental focus and a strick workout regime. Hiring a personal trainer was a decision that has helped her game tremendously. He stretches me a lot, Sorenstam said to Amy Alcott in between shots today. Im very tight in my hamstrings. Yoga and boxing are among some of the activities that her trainer incorporates into her workout routine.
After two weeks off Sorenstam had a slow start on the front side. By the time she made the turn the rust had been worked out and she was 1-under-par through 14.
Sorenstam has lofty goals on her mind. Ms. 59 is looking to become No. 1. The Swede is looking to add her name to another page in the history books by winning four consecutive titles in a row ' a feat last completed by Mickey Wright in 1969. The question now is will she have the same focus that carried her though a victory at the Nabisco Championship, or will the two weeks off and time to think about her accomplishments have derailed her?
Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
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
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.
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
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18
Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo
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.
In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.