The Best Ty Since Webb

By Mercer BaggsMarch 8, 2001, 5:00 pm
What were you doing your sophomore year in high school? Playing golf? Perhaps. Playing in a PGA Tour event? Perhaps not.
Ty Tryon is an exception. An exceptional exception. The 16-year-old high school student Monday qualified for this week's Honda Classic. That, in and of itself, is impressive. The fact that he shot 5-under-par 67 in his first Tour event is utterly phenomenal.
The Lake Highland High School student is just two shots off the 18-hole lead in Coral Springs, Fla. Tryon carded seven birdies and two bogeys on a windless day at the TPC at Heron Bay. He finished the round with three consecutive birdies, though he didn't realize it until he checked his scorecard.
'I know it sounds weird. I really didn't even know and I looked and it was like, 'Gees, that's pretty awesome,'' Tryon said.
Tryon is one-upping his fellow high school teammate, Christo Greyling. Greyling qualified for the 2000 Buick Challenge, but missed the cut. Tryon's goal was just to hang around for the weekend. But a 67 can quickly alter one's outlook.
'I really just wanted to make the cut. That was my goal coming in today. Now, I want to do as good as I can, I guess,' Tryon said.
The amateur began his day with three consecutive pars, and then rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt at the par-5 4th to get into red numbers. He followed that by sticking a 6-iron to six feet on the par-3 5th for his second straight birdie.
A birdie at the ninth was sandwiched between a pair of bogeys on the eighth and 10th holes. One-under through 13 holes, Tryon finished his remarkable round by posting birdies at the 14th, 16th, 17th and 18th holes.
'I tried to play my own game,' said Tryon, who hit 14 of 18 greens in regulation and took 27 putts. 'I tried to take out the PGA part of the tournament and play it like a normal golf course and that helped.'
One round into his PGA Tour experience, Tryon has already discovered what he needs to work on to be a competitive player when he turns professional.

'I just need to keep on working on everything, just getting better and hitting straighter off the tee. My putting - putting is a lot tougher out here. You can make some putts, but the greens are ten times faster than the greens I play. I walked some long putts quite a ways by; so I need to work on that.'
Speaking of work, it has been said a bad day of golf still beats a good day at work. What about a great day of golf? Certainly beats a good day in Algebra class - if there's such a thing.
Of course, it has also been said that all good things must come to an end. But whether Tryon has one more round left in him or three, it has already been an unforgettable experience for the teen. His wake from the fairytale may not come until Monday, when he returns to school.
'It's already been mind-boggling. Going back is going to even be more mind-boggling.'
So too will be the workload.
'I've got a lot of schoolwork to make up for the days I missed,' he said.
Not that is wasn't worth it.
Click here for full-field scores from the Honda Classic
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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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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

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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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Trump golf properties


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Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

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Reportedly fake TIME covers

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Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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