Webb has shot at history in Australia

By Randall MellFebruary 5, 2014, 4:39 pm

Karrie Webb will be looking to hit shots into rare air in her celebrated return to the Australian Ladies Masters this week.

The Hall of Famer will be looking to surpass the mark Sam Snead set winning the same tour event eight times. She’ll be looking to win the Australian Ladies Masters for the ninth time when she tees it up Thursday at the RACV Royal Pines Resort in Queensland.

“I think my record has proven I have a good shot this week before I even tee off,” Webb said in a news conference. “But, you know, it’s just a matter of getting myself into contention, and it’s nice when I start here.”

Webb will be making her first start of the year.

“I don’t quite know where my game is,” Webb said. “Coming here, I have good feelings.”

Any why wouldn’t she? Webb has won all eight of her Australian Ladies Masters titles at the Royal Pines Resort. She’s cumulatively 264 under par in the 20 events she has played there. She scorched the place in 1999 and 2010, winning both times with 26-under-par totals. She shot a 62 there when she won in ’07.

Snead won the Greater Greensboro Open eight times.

“Obviously, it would be very special,” Webb said of surpassing what Snead did.

With a win this week, Webb would equal another Australian Hall of Famer’s mark. Peter Thomson won the New Zealand Open nine times.

“She would have to be, again, one of the top favorites, because it’s a course she loves,” Laura Davies told media Down Under.

Royal Pines is where Webb broke through to win her first professional title in her native Australia. Queensland also is where she was born and grew up.

“I think I had been a pro for three years and you guys [in the media] thought that was taking too long to win,” Webb said. “So, it’s a special memory. I felt like I got that pressure off my back when I won in Australia.”

Webb, who will turn 40 late this year, is the defending champ this week. She has won 55 professional titles around the world, 39 LPGA titles, including seven majors. She came from two shots back in the final round at Royal Pines a year ago, beating South Korea’s Chella Choi by two shots. Webb also won the Australian Ladies Masters in ’98, ’99, ’00, ’01, ’05, ’07 and ’10.

The Australian Ladies Masters is co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour and Australian Ladies Professional Golf. Webb is the highest ranked player in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings in the field at No. 8. The field also includes No. 22 Caroline Hedwall, No. 24 Jessica Korda, No. 29 Chella Choi and No. 43 Yani Tseng, who is coming off a victory at the Taifong Ladies Open in Taiwan, her first victory in 22 months.

Korda won the LPGA season opener in the Bahamas two weeks ago and has some meaningful history in Australia. She won the LPGA season opener at the Women’s Australian Open two years ago, a title that made big news Down Under given her father, Petr, won the Australian Open in tennis in ’98.

Korda, like most everyone in the field, will be looking to prevent Webb from making more history.

“I’m going to try my best,” Korda said in a news conference. “It’s hard to beat Webb where she’s really comfortable . . . She is one of the biggest idols for me to watch and learn from.”

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.

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.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

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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Trump golf properties


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Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.