Maue Grabs Q-School Lead
After shooting 1-over-par through the opening two days of the McDonalds Spring Qualifying School, the 38-year-old native of Kitchener, ON has been on fire. He carded a tournament-low 64 in Round 3 and followed it up with a 70 Thursday at The Dunes at Kamloops for a four-day total of 279 and a share of the lead with Andy Johnson (Orlando, FL) heading into Fridays final stage.
Mark Wilson (Kincardine, ON), who led the pack entering fourth-round play, fired a 73 and sits one shot back along with Liam Bond of Wales. Michael Chavez of Santa Barbara, CA is two strokes off the pace.
Eleven Canadians survived the cut and will be among the 63 hopefuls who will compete for 15 exempt and a minimum of 10 conditional cards at The Dunes Friday.
Among those within striking distance of the leaders is Dean Kennedy of Vancouver, who sits in a tie for ninth at 284, and Calgarys Brent Osachoff, nine shots behind Maue and Johnson. Former U.S. amateur standout Steve Scott is in a three-way tie for sixth.
Maue, who toiled on the Canadian Tour in 1998 and 1999 with his best finish being a tie for ninth at the 98 Bayer Championship, seems poised on making a return to the professional ranks after a one year hiatus.
On Thursday, he struggled to a bogey on his opening hole before burying birdies on Nos. 3, 8 and 9. But it was an unlikely bogey-save on the 422-yard, par-4 12th hole that he may have been his shot of the day.
In trouble right from the start when his tee shot found six-inch deep rough, Maue struggled to get on the green in four and was faced with an ominous 10-foot downhill bogey putt. His putter, which has come through for him all week, found its mark again.
There is a big difference between a bogey and a double bogey at this level, and that was a big shot for me, conceded Maue, who credits a better outlook with changing his fortune.
Anyone here can shoot a 64 on any given day...most of these guys have done it at one time or another. Ive been working a lot on my mental attitude, and it has helped me a lot. Nothing bothers me now.
After spending the last couple of years working at his familys sporting goods store, often getting to work an hour early to practice his putting on the store carpet, Maue is ready to make a return to the Tour. Canadian legend Moe Norman gave Maue some advice two years ago, something the 60, 210-pounder says he carries with him onto the tee every day.
Moe told me to just go out and pretend I am the only one on the course. I havent seen any obstacles out there all week, just some beautiful scenery and those mountains. I dont let any outside distractions get to me. Moe has taught me a lot over the years, but that little piece of advice may have helped me the most.
And, despite the new laid-back demeanor, will he look at Friday's final round the same way, with a ticket to the Canadian Tour in the balance?
Its just another day, he says. Ill get up and go play another round of golf. Nothing will be any different.
If the past 48 hours is any indication, somehow you have to believe that is exactly what he is thinking.
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.