Bellflower Rose in Bloom in Utah

By Sports NetworkAugust 27, 2004, 4:00 pm
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Jody Bellflower fired his second straight 6-under 66 Friday to move into the lead at 12-under-par 132 after two rounds of the Envirocare Utah Classic.
 
Todd Rose matched Bellflower's 66 to move into second place at 11-under-par 133. Steve Schneiter, a member this event's host course Willow Creek Country Club, carded a 2-under 70 to take third place at 9-under-par 135.
 
Bellflower opened on the first tee and quickly moved into red figures with a birdie at the par-5 opening hole. He came back to birdie the par-5 third to move to minus-8.
 
The 34-year-old dropped in back-to-back birdies from the seventh. Around the turn, he moved to 5 under for his round with a birdie at the par-5 10th.
 
Bellflower, whose best finish on tour was a tie for second at the 2000 Oregon Classic, made his lone mistake at the par-5 12th. He faltered to a bogey there, but came back with a birdie at the par-4 14th.
 
Bellflower closed his round with a birdie at the 17th, the fifth and final par-5 at Willow Creek to match his career-best 36-hole score on tour. The lead entering the third round is the first for Bellflower in his career.
 
'The way the year has been going I've been scraping by and just making cuts,' said Bellflower, who has made just six cuts in 16 starts this year. 'I'm just going to try and enjoy it.'
 
Rose got off to a rough start as he tripped to a bogey at the par-5 12th, his third. He came right back to birdie the next hole to get back to even par for his round.
 
The 27-year-old Rose ran off three consecutive birdies from the par-3 15th to move to 8 under overall. Around the turn, Rose dropped in a birdie at the first before back-to-back birdies from the third.
 
Rose stumbled to his second bogey at the par-3 fifth. He fought back to birdie the seventh to gain second place.
 
'I'm driving it well and hitting it in the fairways. Even when it's not in the fairway it's in a good spot,' said Rose, a Fresno State graduate. 'Most of the holes out here I've got a wedge in. I don't think I've hit more than an 8-iron into the greens and that helps me because I'm a pretty good wedge player.'
 
John Merrick fired a 7-under 65 to jump from a share of 66th to a tie for fourth. He is tied at 8-under-par 136 by Chris Sessler, Bubba Watson, Brett Wetterich, Tyler Williamson, Jason Caron and Knoxville Open winner Hunter Haas.
 
The cut line fell at 3-under-par 141 with exactly 60 players advancing to the weekend. Among those missing out on the final two rounds are Jon Mills, Nick Cassini and Bryce Molder, all at 2-under-par 142, as well as Todd Demsey, Doug LaBelle II, Jeff Quinney and Brad Ott at minus-1.
 
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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

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    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.

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    Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.


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