Battle at the Bridges - Hole-By-Hole
MATCH RESULTS: Mickelson/Goosen def. Woods/Daly, 5 & 3 (Full Report).
1st Hole - Par-five 522 yards
Woods lagged an eagle putt within inches of the cup and was conceded the birdie. Mickelson two-putted from about 40 feet for birdie to halve the hole.
2nd Hole - Par-three 182 yards
After Daly missed the green, Woods stuck his tee shot seven feet from the cup. Goosen also missed the green, then Mickelson knocked his tee ball to the left fringe. He missed his lengthy birdie putt before Woods drained his birdie try to win the hole.
3rd Hole - Par-four 405 yards
Daly missed a long birdie try, but was given his par putt to halve the hole with Mickelson. Lefty missed a 14-foot birdie try to the low side and was also given his par putt.
4th Hole - Par-three 195 yards
Mickelson drained an eight-foot birdie putt to win the hole. Daly splashed a poor tee shot into a greenside pond, then Woods flew his 35 feet over the pin. Mickelson knocked his to eight feet, then Goosen nearly holed his tee shot. It landed within inches of the hole and came to rest six feet away.
5th Hole - Par-four 466 yards
Goosen missed his 12-foot birdie putt but was given his par. Mickelson was out of the hole after flying the green with his second shot. Woods missed the green right, then missed a par try putt left of the hole. Daly's second shot bounced over the back, he pitched to eight feet but also missed his par putt giving Mickelson and Goosen the hole and their first lead.
6th Hole - Par-four 335 yards
Mickelson pulled his drive well left in the water before Goosen bombed his drive within 20 yards of the putting surface. Woods crushed his within 10 feet of the greens edge. Goosen's eagle chip lipped out, but he sank his five-foot birdie putt. Woods' chip came to rest next to Goosen mark. Woods also made his birdie putt to halve the hole.
7th Hole - Par-five 553 yards
Daly and Mickelson both got up and down for birdie to halve the hole. Goosen and Woods both missed their birdie tries from outside 10 feet.
8th Hole - Par-three 217 yards
Mickelson and Woods putted their birdie tries within three feet of the cup and were conceded their pars to halve the hole.
9th Hole - Par-five 571 yards
Daly and Mickelson were conceded short birdie putts. Mickelson's second came up short left in a bunker, but he blasted within two feet of the cup. Daly's four-iron second shot landed 20 feet past the cup and his eagle try came up just short of the cup, but he was given the birdie.
10th Hole - Par-four 395 yards
Goosen drained a 13-foot birdie putt to give he and Mickelson a 2-up lead. Daly missed a 12-foot birdie try after his pitch shot caromed off the pin and away from the cup. Woods had a chance to halve the hole, but missed a birdie try from within five feet.
11th Hole - Par-three 167 yards
Goosen sank a birdie putt from about 12 feet out to win the hole and go 3-up. Woods once again had a chance to halve the hole, but his 10-foot birdie try lipped out.
12th Hole - Par-four 426 yards
Woods spun his second past the cup and it stop 10 feet away. He rolled in that birdie putt to win the hole after Goosen missed his birdie try.
13th Hole - Par-four 379 yards
Mickelson stuffed his second shot within a foot of the cup and was conceded the birdie. Woods' second came to rest on the back of the green some 35 feet from the cup. His birdie putt just slid by the left edge giving Goosen and Mickelson a 3-up lead.
14th Hole - Par-four 449 yards
Goosen rolled in another birdie putt to win the hole and take a 4-up lead with four holes to go. Daly missed the green short, but nearly chipped in for birdie. He was given his tap in par. Woods missed his 20-foot birdie putt setting up Goosen for the win.
15th Hole - Par-four 411 yards
Goosen sank his fourth birdie in the last six holes to win the match. Woods missed the green short and tried the chip in, but missed it ran past the cup. Daly nearly sank a 30-footer for birdie, but it slid by the right edge giving Goosen and Mickelson the win.
NOTES: The format for play is best-ball, match play. Each golfer will play his own ball and the best score of the two will count for the team. This is the final season for this tournament.
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 halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
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
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