Bay Hill - Rd 2 News and Notes

By Mercer BaggsMarch 15, 2002, 5:00 pm
Arnold Palmer said his worst competitive round at Bay Hill would be his last. Palmer shot 15-over 87 Friday, on the heels of an opening 86. When asked if the tournament host would participate in 2003, Palmer said No. I think that does it.
My game is not that good. Even if it got better, it still wouldnt be good enough to play with Tiger Woods and the young guys, like that. Im finished.
Palmer has played in each of the 24 Bay Hill Invitationals. He finished the tournament in last place. Ironically, the name right above him on the leaderboard was Nicklaus ' as in Gary. Jacks offspring shot 81-75.
Uh, Oh
Woods entered last years Bay Hill Invitational winless on the PGA Tour, and then promptly won the event. He also won his next two starts, The Players Championship and the Masters.
This year, he is again winless on tour. And, he believes his game is in similar shape.
I feel like the things Ive been working on are starting to come together, and thats what I felt like last year, same thing, he said. Its virtually almost the same this year.
Oh, Captain, My Captain
Curtis Strange admittedly played poorly in the second round. He couldnt help but hit it left. Still, he scrambled for an even-par 72 to finish 36 holes of play at 3-under-par 141.
Today was ugly. Today was really obscene, at times, Strange said.
It could have been worse, however, had he not gotten a little help from his Wake Forest teammate.
I was watching Jay Haas putt the other day, and what hes been working on about a year and a half, making everything. It just kind of clicked with me, he said.
I made everything yesterday, and I made all my par putts today ' I didnt have many birdie putts.
For the second straight year, Strange is balancing his playing career with that of his television commentary duties and his Ryder Cup captaincy.
The Ryder Cup was postponed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against the United States. Now, the event is scheduled Sept. 27-29 at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England, the week after the World Golf Championships-American Express Championship in Ireland.
Its great for us, he remarked. Theres not going to be any jet lag for the week of the Ryder Cup.
Major Talk
Strange and Jeff Sluman also weighed in Friday with their thoughts on the proposed Major Tour, which would include major championship winners age 37-55.
We live in an age when we believe were entitled to things. Were not entitled to anything, said Strange, a 47-year-old, two-time U.S. Open winner. When we cant play anymore ' time to get another job.
The tour has been my life. I wouldnt think of resigning, ever.
Sluman, 44, isnt against the concept; that doesnt mean we would participate, though.
In general, if you look at it, I dont really think its that bad of an idea, said the 1988 PGA Championship winner. All I know is, right now, Im competitive on the PGA Tour, and thats my home. If they had changed the Senior Tour to age 45, I would still play the PGA Tour.
On the Up Swing
Time ' and success ' can change ones perception. While mired in his U.S. slump, Els wasnt even regarded as the best player from his homeland ' that distinction went to U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen. Now, he's recognized as the current primary challenger to world No. 1 Woods.
Some guys hit their peak and other guys hit rock bottom. I was rock bottom (after the U.S. Open), Els said. You dont always play the way Im playing right now, and other times, when youre pretty low, youve got to get yourself back.
'I was just happy for (Goosen) and happy for myself now.
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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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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green

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

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Reportedly fake TIME covers

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm