Nicklaus Two Back at Senior British

By Mercer BaggsJuly 26, 2001, 4:00 pm
Jack Nicklaus, playing in his first ever Senior British Open, shot a 1-under-par 70 to finish the first round in Northern Ireland two shots off the lead.
South African John Bland and Englands Denis Durnian each opened in 3-under-par 68 at Royal County Down Golf Club to earn the Day 1 lead.
Bland has posted three runner-up finishes in this event over the past four years. Hes finished second to Christy OConnor, Jr. twice (1999 and 2000); however, OConnor is not in attendance after breaking his foot when his motorcycle fell on him earlier this year.
The 55-year-old made the turn in 4-under 31 after making an eagle at the par-5 first and birdies at the 7th and 9th holes. His only dropped shot of the day came on the final hole.
Jack Nicklaus_Senior British Open_Swing_CNicklaus, 61, also started the championship with an eagle at the First and then recorded birdies on the par-5 12th and par-4 16th.
I suppose a 70 on the board is a pretty good score but I think I probably played a little bit better than that, said Nicklaus, who won three Open Championships while on the regular tour.
I had good chances on quite a few of the holes on the front nine but I didnt make the putts. But I cant complain. When I walk home tonight and see 70 on the board in the first round of your Open I am sure I will think its not a bad score.
Nicklaus had a chance to end a five-year winless drought in the U.S. Senior Open. But, tied for the lead at even par, he tried to hit a 1-iron onto the green at the par-3 15th. He failed to do so and made bogey. Nicklaus added another bogey at the No. 16 to finish the tournament at 2-over and in a tie for fourth.
Two weeks ago, Nicklaus was forced to withdraw from the Ford Senior Players Championship due to an injured hamstring, which he said has not fully healed.
Durnian, who won the 2001 Wales Senior Open, is one of the top players on the European Seniors Tour. Two-over through five holes, he birdied the 7th, 10th, 11th, 16th and 18th holes.
Brian Huggett of Wales, New Zealands Bob Charles, Japans Noboru Sugai, Englands John Morgan and Scotsman Bernard Gallacher are all tied for third after shooting 2-under-par 69s.
Full-field scores from the Senior British Open
Getty Images

Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

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.

Getty Images

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.

Getty Images

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.