Clarke Survies Then Succumbs

By Mercer BaggsOctober 6, 2000, 4:00 pm
Darren Clarke survived a scare from a three-time Masters winner, but he couldn't get past the reigning Augusta champion. Clarke completed his first round match Friday morning by eagling the fourth extra hole to defeat Nick Faldo; and then fell to Vijay Singh 5-and-4 in round two.
Joining Singh in the semi-finals are Colin Montgomerie, who defeated Padraig Harrington 5-and-3; Lee Westwood, who defeated Sergio Garcia 2-and-1; and Ernie Els, who bettered fellow South African Retief Goosen 2-and-1.
Each of the four higher seeds won on Friday, doing so with a combined aggregate of 46-under-par. Defending champion Montgomerie led the way by shooting an 11-under-par 61 over his first 18 holes to take a 5-up lead entering the afternoon 18.
Harrington played well Friday morning. In fact, the Irishman, who lost to Monty 7-and-6 in the semi-finals last year, won the first two holes. However, his 67 wasn't good enough to stay within earshot of Montgomerie.
Monty continued his assault on the Wentworth's West Course in the afternoon. Overall, the Scot was 15-under-par for the day, equaling Sandy Lyle's tournament record.
'If I had finished birdie-eagle in the morning I could have shot 59, but I was given the putt on the 5th,' said Montgomerie. 'That was the only stroke - a four footer - which didn't actually go in. I did, however, give it to myself.
'That round was up there with my best. Padraig made four birdies between the 3rd and the 18th and lost seven holes. When I drive in here it gives me a feeling of being 1-up. It's an amazing feeling.'
Montgomerie has won four of the last five times he has played on the West Course, including three straight Volvo PGA Championship titles. Monty will now face 1997 Match Play champion Singh. Singh was 11-under-par on the day in his thumping of Clarke.
Clarke came out early Friday morning to finish his first-round match with 43-year-old Nick Faldo. Faldo extended the match to 40 holes, before falling to the Ulsterman.
Singh was only 1-up through the first 27 holes, but won the 28th, 30th, 31st and 32nd holes to clinch a semi-final berth.
'Obviously, Colin is playing pretty good but I'm not playing too shabbily either,' Singh said. 'I played well today, especially in the afternoon. I am still taking painkillers for the arm injury I sustained in August, but it's getting better.'
In the bottom-half of the draw, Westwood will now face three-time Match Play champion Els. Two years ago, Westwood bettered the South African in the second round.
Both Westwood and Els survived close matches on Friday. Westwood shot 64 in the morning, but was just 1-up over Garcia. However, the Spaniard could get no closer in the afternoon, finally losing out to the Englishman 2-and-1.
Els and Goosen met for the first time since the two were juniors in South Africa. Els, who won this event in 1994-96, was leading his countryman by as much as 5-up. Goosen clawed back to get within 2-down, but lost out when both men parred the 35th hole.
Should Els and Singh both win on Saturday, it would set up a rematch of the 1997 finals, where Singh ended Els' three-year winning streak. If Monty and Westwood win, it would set up a much-anticipated match between Europe's best.
Said Westwood: 'Me against Monty? That would be fine by me, but I just want to play whoever is playing the better. That is what I want. I like to be tested.'
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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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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