Host Country Shares World Cup Lead

By Mercer BaggsDecember 7, 2000, 5:00 pm
Eduardo Romero and Angel Cabrera gave the Argentine fans plenty to cheer about Thursday afternoon. The tandem combined to shoot a 15-under-par 57 in the better-ball format to tie New Zealand for the lead after Day 1 of the WGC-EMC World Cup in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Playing alongside the heavily favored American team of Tiger Woods and David Duval, Romero and Cabrera recorded 15 birdies at the Buenos Aires Golf Club. Meanwhile, the U.S. struggled early, before rallying for an 11-under-par 61.
The team of Greg Turner and Frank Nobilo was the first to post 15-under. One-under through their first three holes, the Kiwis played holes four through 17 in 14-under. Nobilo and Turner teamed for 13 birdies and an eagle at the par-5 14th, courtesy Nobilo.
Nobilo and Turner are no strangers to each other. According to the latter, the two have played competitively together since 'the mid-80s.'
Two years ago, Turner and Nobilo teamed on three occasions for the victorious International squad at the Presidents Cup. The two recorded a pair of victories, both coming in the alternate-shot format, which will be on tap for Friday's play.
'I haven't shot 57 very often,' Turner said with a smile. 'It's the perfect start.'
Added Nobilo: 'It was fun out there - for a change.'
Nobilo is certainly due for happier times. Since winning his only PGA Tour event, the 1997 Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic, the 40-year-old Nobilo has finished the last three seasons 108th, 155th and 152nd on the money list.
Though he was forced to make the trip to the PGA Tour Q-School - which concluded this Monday, Nobilo passed the test, finishing tied for 18th, thus reclaiming his 2001 Tour card.
Aside from the Venezuelan team of Miguel Martinez and Cipriano Castro, who played in the same group with the Kiwis, less than a handful of people witnessed New Zealand's remarkable 57.
That's because everyone was watching the day's final foursome.
An exuberant throng of Argentines followed their countrymen throughout their 18 holes of competition with the vaunted Americans.
While the U.S. got off to a frosty start, the Argentines birdied each of their first six holes, and ten of their first 11. Following a par at the 12th, Romero and Cabrera combined for five straight birdies beginning at the 13th to tie New Zealand at the top.
'We were very nervous on the first tee with all the cameras and all the noise, but we made a birdie there and others followed and that really calmed us down,' Romero said.
'But this was just the first round and I do not think the tournament has really started yet.'
The U.S. relied heavily on the play of David Duval on Thursday. The fourth-ranked player in the world kick-started the American's round with an eagle at the par-5 6th, and then added another eagle at the par-5 14th.
Following a disappointing par 5 at the 17th, a hole where Tiger hit his tee shot out of bounds, Duval dropped in a 30-foot birdie from off the green at the par-4 18th to close to within four of the first-round lead.
'I only helped David out on about one hole today and that was about it,' said a frustrated Woods.
Australia stands in third place entering Day-Two foursomes. The duo of Peter O'Malley and Lucas Parsons recorded nine birdies, three eagles and a lone bogey. That bogey came at the 18th.
All three eagles came on par 5s. For the day, the Awesome Aussies played the four par 5s in 7-under-par.
'You have to score well on the par 5s and we did that,' said O'Malley with an air of understatement.
This is the second time Buenos Aires has hosted a World Cup. The first time came in 1970. The winner? The Australian team of David Graham and Bruce Devlin.
Argentina won the first World Cup in 1953.
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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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