Waldorf Clinging to One-Shot Lead
Waldorf carded a bogey-free 4-under 67 to finish 54 holes at the TPC at Scottsdale at 16-under-par 197. The 39-year-old Californian is one shot clear of Kenny Perry (64) and Chris DiMarco (66).
John Daly stands alone in fourth place at 14-under, thanks to a Saturday 66. Daly is in search of his first tour title since capturing the 1995 British Open.
Its going to come down to the wire, said Daly, a huge favorite among the raucous crowd. Its going to come down to putting.
Putting wasnt what awed spectators Saturday. Daly hit his tee shot 379 yards on the par-4 finishing hole and spun a wedge to four feet.
Its just nice to be in the hunt again, he said.
Vijay Singh, winless since his 2000 Masters triumph, was just one shot off the lead entering the third round, but now finds himself six back after a 1-over 72. Singh eagled the par-5 third, but missed a pair of par putts inside of three feet.
Saturday began with the completion of the second round, which had been extended due to a 45-minute frost delay Friday. Once a cut was made, 70 players went out in threesomes on split tees.
Waldorf parred his first seven holes, and 11 of his first 12. His lone birdie on the front nine came at the par-4 eighth, where he grazed the cup with his approach shot. He birdied both par-5s ' the 13th and 15th holes ' on the back nine, as well as the 332-yard, par-4 17th.
It was a tough round, just nibbled the course and struggled on the front side, said Waldorf. On the back nine, I took advantage of the easier holes, the two par-5s and the short 17th.
Waldorf, a four-time tour winner, is seeking his first victory since the 2000 National Car Rental Classic, when he shot a final-round 62 to overcome a six-shot deficit to 54-hole leaders Steve Flesch and Tiger Woods.
Last year, he collected only one top-10 finish and ended the season 120th in earnings, his worst showing since the 1990 season.
News, Notes and Numbers
*Former Arizona State Sun Devil Per-Ulrik Johansson (65) is three back at minus 13. Johansson was a teammate of Phil Mickelson on the 1990 NCAA Championship team.
*Charles Howell III birdied his final five holes Saturday to shoot 66. He stands at 10-under, six off the lead.
*Mike Weir played the final four holes in even par, making a triple bogey and three birdies. He is 3-under for the tournament following a 2-over 73.
Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters
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.
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