DiMarco Denies Duval Repeat Win

By Mercer BaggsOctober 28, 2001, 5:00 pm
Chris DiMarco birdied the 72nd hole, and then parred the first hole of sudden death to defeat David Duval at the Buick Challenge in Pine Mountain, Ga.
DiMarco, who shot a final-round 7-under 65, earned his first victory of the season to go along with $612,000.
Look at the field, DiMarco said in reference to Duval, Vijay Singh and Davis Love III. When I won last year (at the Pennsylvania Classic), I beat some good players but not the big names. To do it against the big names is very special.
This was the only thing missing from my year.
Duval put forth a valiant effort in trying to successfully defend his title, carding seven birdies and an eagle on Sunday. He then went to a television booth overlooking 18, where he watched DiMarco sink a 15-foot birdie putt to tie him at 21-under 267.
I was expecting to be in a playoff, Duval said. I didnt want to be in a playoff, but I was expecting it.
In the extra session, Duval sailed the green with a 9-iron approach shot from 132 yards. His ball landed in the grass above the lip of the back bunker.
Unfortunately, where the ball went left me with a difficult, difficult shot, Duval said. I almost laughed about it.
Duval was able to pitch his ball eight feet left of the hole, but was unable to convert the par save.
I played great. I played well enough to win, Duval said. After hitting so many good shots and then to have that happen to me, theres nothing you can do but laugh. Its kind of unbelievable.
Duval started the day six shots back of overnight leader Joel Edwards. Edwards led by a single stroke over Love, but faltered in the final round with a 2-over 74. He tied for 7th.
Love managed to birdie the 2nd and 3rd holes Sunday to take a two-shot lead at 19-under; though, he bogeyed the par-3 8th and parred his final ten holes to shoot 71 and finish in solo fifth place.
It marked the sixth time this year that Love has played in the final group on Sunday and failed to produce victory.
This was the final event before the $5 million Tour Championship, which takes the top 30 in earnings.
Jesper Parnevik started the week $676 behind No. 30 on the money list, Kenny Perry. The Swede led Perry by four shots entering the final round, but struggled to a 71. Meanwhile, Perry closed in 66 to earn a trip to the Champions Club in Houston, Tx.
Really, I was not nervous, Perry said. I figured I had everything to gain and nothing to lose.
There is now just one tournament remaing (Southern Farm Bureau Classic) for players to finish inside the top 125 on the money list and secure their tour cards for next season.
Per-Ulrik Johansson and Neal Lancaster accomplished that this week.
Lancaster was 118th on the money list before finishing tied for third, while Johansson moved from 122nd to 97th thanks to a tie for seventh.
Full-field scores from the Buick Challenge
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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