Singh Sails to the Top in Hilton Head

By Mercer BaggsApril 14, 2001, 4:00 pm
Vijay Singh birdied his final two holes Saturday to take the lead entering the final round of the WorldCom Classic in Hilton Head Island, SC.
Singhs back-to-back birdie finish was a part of a third-round 4-under-par 67. At 13-under, the two-time major winner is two shots clear of Billy Mayfair (69) and Jose Coceres (64).
Overnight leader Tom Lehman is now in fourth place at 10-under after shooting an even-par 71.
Singh is in search of his first U.S. victory since claiming the 2000 Masters title. However, he has won twice internationally this season.
Im not taking anything for granted, said Singh, who finished runner-up at The Players Championship and at Pebble Beach. I wont go out there too confident.
The 38-year-old Fijian birdied the 1st and 5th holes, but bogeyed the 7th and 9th to make the turn in even-par 36.
After another birdie at the par-4 10th, Singh caught fire down the stretch, birdieing three of his final five holes to take sole possession of the lead entering Sundays final round at the Harbour Town Golf Links.
Theres pressure anytime youre in the lead, said Singh. I like to feed off it, to psyche myself up knowing the guys have to catch me.
Likewise, Coceres birdied his final two holes. The 37-year-old Argentine eagled the par-5 2nd, and then added five birdies to his card for the low round of the day.
Coceres, who won the 1994 Heineken Classic and 2000 Dubai Desert Classic on the European Tour, is making his third stateside start this year. He missed the cut at the both the BellSouth Classic and the Masters, where his countryman, Angel Cabrera, led early in the fourth round.
I think that the way I was hitting the ball, striking the ball very well in the beginning of the year, I felt I had a lot of confidence, Coceres said through a translator. I think that I have made sort of the turn today.
Born in Chaco, Argentina, Coceres was one of 11 children who used to sleep five or six to a bed. He first took up the game when one of his brothers cut branches off a tree and fashioned a golf club. He used rocks for golf balls.
Mayfair, the 1987 U.S. Amateur champion, parred his first 13 holes on Saturday. He only recorded two birdies on the day ' both coming on the back-nine par 3s ' but he managed to make it around the course without a bogey.
Full-field scores from the WorldCom Classic

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.

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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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