Greenhorn Leads in Greensboro

By Mercer BaggsApril 27, 2001, 4:00 pm
Mike Sposas in a position hes never been in before.
 
Thanks to a birdie at the 18th, Sposa has sole possession of the 36-hole lead at the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic.

Sposa stands at 10-under-par through two rounds, one-shot clear of 18-hole leader Scott Simpson, who followed an opening 66 with a 3-under-par 69.
 
Five players share third place at 8-under-par, including Scott Hoch (68), Jeff Maggert (67), David Berganio, Jr. (66), Omar Uresti (65) and Rich Beem (65).
 
Defending champion Hal Sutton (71) is seven off the pace at 3-under-par.
 
Sposa, who has never finished better than seventh in a PGA Tour event, recorded seven birdies and one bogey in the second round to move to the top of the leaderboard.
 
The last time Sposa was close to this position was in the 2000 Westin Texas Open, where he was a co-leader after a first-round 64, but failed to break 70 over his remaining three rounds to tie for 48th.
 
Certainly in my mind, Im ready to win out here, said Sposa. I dont want to play to keep my card. I want to win and I want people to know who I am. Im not going to be intimidated by the chance to win. Im playing for that chance.
 
While Sposa vies for win No. 1, Simpson is in search of victory No. 8, but his first since the 1998 Buick Invitational.
 
Its been so long since I have been in contention maybe it would be good for me to try to visualize winning, said Simpson, who missed the entire 2000 season due to a right ankle injury.
 
If his first-round 66 was like a dream, Simpson was shaken awake quickly on Friday. The 45-year-old bogeyed two of his first three holes, but responded with five birdies for his second-straight sub-70 round.
 
My son was kind of excited for me, said Simpson, who won this event and the U.S. Open in 1987. Dad is usually such a dork, but he actually had to say, Geez dad, good playing. That was kind of neat.
 
Sposa started the day two shots back of Simpson and quickly made up ground by birdieing his first two holes. Two more birdies at the 9th and 13th holes, both par-5s, gave Simpson a share of the lead for the first time at 9-under.
 
Following a routine two-putt par at the 14th, Sposa added another birdie to his card at the par-5 15th.
 
Leading by one at 10-under, Sposa missed the green at the par-3 17th. A bad lie led to a poor chip, which resulted in a bogey.
 
Unfazed, Sposa stuck his approach shot on the par-4 18th to three feet, and then tapped in the birdie to finish the day in double digits.
 
The 30-year-old Sposa is in his third full season on the PGA Tour. The past two years, he failed to break the top 125 on the money list and resorted to earning his card through Q-School.
 
Im just trying to stay real calm and not get ahead of myself, said Sposa, who is expecting his second child in a couple of weeks. Ive been out here for three years now, so I know this thing is so far from over that for me to start talking about victory speeches would be ridiculous.
 
Full-field scores from the Greater Greensboro Chrysler 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 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.


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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

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