Janzen and Durant Share Lead in Houston

By Mercer BaggsApril 19, 2001, 4:00 pm
Lee Janzen and Fred Couples have a lot in common.
 
Both have won The Players Championship. Both have won a major, two in Janzens case.
 
And both want something that Joe Durant already has ' a win in 2001.
 
Neither Janzen nor Couples have won on the PGA Tour since 1998. Durant was in that boat prior to this season. Winless since his maiden triumph at the 98 Advil Western Open, Durant broke through with victory No. 2 at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
 
One start later, he claimed No. 3 at the Genuity Championship.
 
Now, hes looking for win No. 4.
 
Durant fired a 5-under-par 67 to tie Janzen for the first-round lead in the Shell Houston Open at the TPC at The Woodlands.
 
Couples is just one back after a first-round 4-under-par 68. Hes tied for third place with Carl Paulson, who tied for third in last weeks WorldCom Classic, and Australian Adam Scott.
 
Defending champion Robert Allenby is in a group just two back after carding a 3-under-par 69.
 
Since recording back-to-back wins, Durant has notched a pair of top-10s, including a tie for 10th at The Players Championship. His lone set back occurred two weeks ago, when he missed the cut for the second time in as many appearances at the Masters Tournament.
 
Thursday, Durant birdied five of his final eight holes en route to laying claim to the top spot. He concluded his round by drilling a 12-foot birdie putt at the par-4 18th.
 
'I putted as well as I putted all year today,' Durant said. 'I hit the ball in play, but I never got it really close a lot of times, but I just made a bunch of putts.
 
'At this time last year if I'd have hit like this, I'd have probably shot over par. But I was able to save some good pars early in the round, and then I made a few putts I wouldn't have made last year.'
 
Like his counterpart, Janzen notched seven birdies to offset a pair of bogeys in the first round.
 
After missing his first three cuts this season, the two-time U.S. Open champion has qualified for weekend play in each of his last seven starts; though hes only earned one top-10.
 
Couples, too, made his way to 5-under after eagling the par-5 15th. The former Houston Cougar All-American bombarded the green in two shots and converted the 15-foot putt.
 
However he bogeyed the par-4 finishing hole to finish at 4-under-par.
 
While Janzen hasnt won since capturing his second Open title in 98, Couples hasnt won since the Memorial Tournament that same year.
 
This season, the 41-year-old has made seven of eight cuts, but has yet to garner a top-20 finish.
 
I just want to get better, but Im not sure how good that can be, said Couples, who hasnt played in more than 19 events in a season since 1992. It would be a miracle to win the way Im playing right now, but anything is possible.
 
Hal Sutton is three shots off the lead after opening in 2-under-par 70. Hes tied with, among others, Billy Mayfair, who lost in a playoff to Jose Coceres at the WorldCom Classic.
 
1998 Houston champion David Duval, making his first start since another frustrating finish at the Masters Tournament, is five off the pace following an even-par 72.
 
Full-field scores from the Shell Houston Open
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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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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green


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


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Finances


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Reportedly fake TIME covers


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Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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Pros comment on the president

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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