Canadian Pride

By Mercer BaggsSeptember 7, 2001, 4:00 pm
A Canadian is in contention through two rounds of the Bell Canadian Open, but its not the one you might think.
David Morland IV fired a course-record 7-under-par 63 to move to 8-under through two rounds at Royal Montreal Golf Club, one shot off the lead.
Dicky Pride is the man at the top, thanks to a second-round 64. Matt Gogel (67) shares second place with Morland. Scott Verplank, the first rookie to be a captains selection for the United States Ryder Cup team, matched Morlands 63 to move into solo fourth place at 7-under.
Meanwhile, overnight co-leader Tiger Woods recorded a triple-bogey 7 at the par-4 2nd en route to shooting a 3-over-par 73.
Woods now stands at 2-under for the tournament, seven shots off the lead.
Tiger was even par on the day through 10 holes. But at the 2nd ' his 11th hole ' Woods hit his tee shot into the right trees. After being unable to find the ball, the defending champion went back to the tee box and re-teed.
A ball ' which was thought to be Tigers original tee shot ' was eventually spotted in some tree limbs, but no one was able to knock loose the ball and identify it.
One ball was found, but it proved to be a Titleist, not a Nike.
As it was, Woods again missed the fairway with his third shot and missed the green long with his approach shot. He then hurriedly pitched 15 feet short of the cup and two-putted for a triple bogey ' his first since the 12th hole in the final round of this years British Open.
I hung in there, Woods said. Anybody under par has a chance to win.
Pride avoided such disasters on Friday. The 1994 winner of the FedEx St. Jude Classic carded six birdies and no bogeys in the second round.
Ive hit the ball solid and Im putting well, so Im giving myself opportunities to make birdie and thats kind of what you need to do, Pride said.
Pride's 64 was a new course record - for about five minutes. That's when Verplank posted a 63, and then Morland did the same moments later.
Morland is competing in his 23rd PGA Tour event of the season. Hes missed 11 cuts and has yet to finish inside the top 20.
But the familiarity of home has provided a comfort zone. The North Bay, Ontario native twice recorded three consecutive birdies in the second round. Morland is trying to become the first countryman to win his National Open since Pat Fletcher in 1954.
News, Notes and Numbers
*For the second straight year, Mike Weir made the cut in the Bell Canadian Open. Weir shot a second-round 1-under-par 69 to move to 3-under for the tournament. The Canadian was 0-for-9 in cuts made at this event prior to 2000.
*John Daly, who didnt make a bogey in the first round and made only three through four rounds of his victory in last weeks BMW International, recorded five bogeys on the back nine Friday. Daly shot 74 and fell to even par for the tournament.
*Vijay Singh missed the cut after rounds of 72-71, ending the second-longest streak among active players at 24. Woods increased his streak to 76.
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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

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

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.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

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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Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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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

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

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Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

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

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Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

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Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

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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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

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.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.