Love on Top of the World - Again
The four-time Heritage champion opened his 2002 campaign with a 9-under-par 62 to take the lead midway through the first round of the WorldCom Classic.
'It's one of those days that you go, 'It was a great round,'' Love said. 'You're not feeling like you left a bunch out there.'
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Love leads Billy Andrade by two shots. Phil Mickelson is three back, as are two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen, three-time WorldCom runner-up David Frost and last year's playoff loser, Billy Mayfair.
Angel Cabrera, who recorded his second straight Masters top-10 last week, and Greg Norman are four off the pace following a 65.
The Masters is a recent yet bitter memory for Love. The 38-year-old shot 67 to take the first-round lead, only to go 75-74-71 to finish in a tie for 14th.
Based on his play prior to reaching Augusta, Loves ending was more apropos than his beginning. He is now 0 for 11 in terms of top-10s this season. Of course, that is likely to change this week.
If only a major tournament were contested at Harbour Town ' then Love would be a champion multiple times over.
He recorded the first of his 14 career PGA Tour victories at this event in 1987. Win No. 3 came here in 1991; No. 5 the following year; and No. 13 in 1998.
And just in case anyone doubted a 'Drive for Five,' Love fired his career best round on these links Thursday. He posted nine birdies without a bogey.
Love birdied his first two holes, Nos. 10 and 11. He made the turn in 5-under 30, and then came home in 4-under 32. His round was highlighted by a 50-foot chip-in at the par-3 fourth.
'It was like a chip-and-putt course after hitting 4-, 5-, 6-iron into every hole last week,' Love said. 'It does seem easier.'
Mickelson was almost as steady, producing one eagle, five birdies and a lone bogey. His only dropped shot came at the par-3 fourth, which he promptly followed with a 3 at the par-5 fifth.
'I thought I played pretty well until I looked up and saw that Davis was 9-under,' said Mickelson.
Mickelson, like Love, has a bit of a bad taste in his mouth after a frustrating Masters finish.
The lefty birdied his first two holes Sunday at Augusta National to pull within two shots of the lead, held by Tiger Woods. He then missed the greens at both the third and fourth holes to make bogey, and never recovered. Mickelson earned his sixth career top-three in a major without a win.
John Daly, the 1991 PGA champion and 1995 British Open winner, withdrew Thursday due to a sore wrist. He was 6-over on his round through 15 holes.
Full-field scores from the WorldCom Classic
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
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.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
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
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.
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.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18