Green Fires Record 63 at Public Links
Green, the 1999 U.S. Mid-Amateur winner, set a new championship record by making seven birdies and one eagle at Rush Creek Golf Club. Playing in his 12th Public Links, Green tied the championship record by shooting a six-under- par 30 in his first nine holes. In addition, Green's nine-under-par total for 18 tied the USGA wide mark with Chris Mundorf's 63 in the second round of stroke play at the 2001 U.S. Amateur.
'Pretty good for an old man,' said Green, the second-oldest player in the field at 47. 'I hit every fairway and every green, which doesn't hurt. I'm in the books again but I'd just as soon be the last man standing, though. They can have all the 63s.'
Chris Stroud from Groves, Texas is just one shot back of Green. Stroud opened with a birdie on the first and produced four consecutive birdies from holes 9-12. Despite a bogey on 15, Stroud birdied the last for an eight-under 64. The junior from Lamar University, was named to the Ping All-America first team.
A trio of players stand just two shots back, headed by 2002 champion Ryan Moore. Last year's runner-up Dayton Rose opened with a three-under 69.
The U.S. Amateur Public Links is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.
Results following the first day of stroke play Monday at the U.S. Amateur Public Links:
Danny Green, Jackson, Tenn., 30-33--63
Luke List, Ringgold, Ga., 33-32--65
Sunghoon Kang, Korea, 33-32--65
Anthony Kim, Norman, Okla., 34-32--66
Jason Kokrak, Warren, Ohio, 32-35--67
Matthew Every, Daytona Beach, Fla., 35-32--67
Andrew Price, Mission Viejo, Calif., 35-33--68
Shane Prante, Olympia, Wash., 33-35--68
Barry Schenk, Layton, Utah, 36-33--69
Dayton Rose, Midwest City, Okla., 34-35--69
Nathan Smith, Soquel, Calif., 35-34--69
Will Claxton, Swainsboro, Ga., 35-34--69
Adam Hagen, Scappoose, Ore., 33-37--70
Greg Koch, Orlando, Fla., 35-35--70
Jon Veneziano, Mt Dora, Fla., 35-35--70
Kevin Coghlan, West Palm Beach, Fla., 35-35--70
Shawn Warren, Windham, Maine, 36-34--70
Brendan Steele, Idyllwild, Calif., 35-36--71
Dan Hosek, Alexandria, Va., 37-34--71
Jeff Nichols, Mesa, Ariz., 35-36--71
Joe D'Antoni, Grand Blanc, Mich., 36-35--71
Kyle Ritchie, Bedford, Iowa, 35-36--71
Seung-Su Han, Korea, 35-36--71
Billy Wingerd, Baltimore, Md., 36-36--72
Clay Ogden, West Point, Utah, 35-37--72
Douglas McCullough, Sleepy Hollow, Ill., 35-37--72
Joshua Wooding, Riverside, Calif., 36-36--72
Luke Stephan, Hoffman Estates, Ill., 37-35--72
Brett Ashmore, Sour Lake, Texas, 37-36--73
Charlie Woo, Canada, 33-40--73
Henry Liaw, Rowland Heights, Calif., 35-38--73
Jamie Miller, Silver Creek, N.Y., 34-39--73
Jay Lindell, Lakewood, N.Y., 35-38--73
John Finnin, Crete, Ill., 37-36--73
Josh Allard, Portsmouth, N.H., 37-36--73
Kurt Watkins, Chandler, Ariz., 38-35--73
Lance Lopez, Missouri City, Texas, 38-35--73
Tommy Wiegand, Avon Lake, Ohio, 37-36--73
Ben Greve, Annandale, Minn., 37-37--74
Brady Swedberg, Alexandria, Minn., 38-36--74
Chris Leake, Windermere, Fla., 37-37--74
Matthew Kodama, Las Vegas, Nev., 35-39--74
Mike King, Sidney, Ohio, 38-36--74
Ricky Fox, Clinton Twp, Mich., 36-38--74
Tim Johnson, Marblehead, Mass., 36-38--74
Brook Tully, Atlanta, Ga., 38-37--75
Casey Carnes, New Braunfels, Texas, 37-38'75
Casey Russell, West Monroe, La., 38-37--75
Chris Eddy, Belleville, Ill., 39-36--75
Drew Shafer, Akron, Ind., 36-39--75
Keith Hendrickson, Syosset, N.Y., 36-39--75
Kevin Sheriff, Anderson, S.C., 37-38--75
Matthew Ma, Aiea, Hawaii, 40-35--75
Pat Grady, Broomfield, Colo., 37-38--75
Ryan Spears, Del City, Okla., 39-36--75
Todd Chin, Marion, Ind., 40-35--75
Bryan Haase, Interlochen, Mich., 37-39--76
Chip Holcombe, Ft Walton Bch, Fla., 38-38--76
Jerad Harklau, Rockwall, Texas, 36-40--76
Paul Delucco, Cromwell, Conn., 40-36--76
Ben Minyard, Avondale, Ariz., 40-37--77
Bobby Bennett, Greenwich, Conn., 39-38--77
Kelbi Lee, Billings, Mont., 37-40--77
Louie Patton, Canada, 36-41--77
Marck de Lautour, New Zealand, 36-41--77
Timothy Kane, Simsbury, Conn., 39-38--77
Brent Kriegshauser, Leawood, Kan., 39-39--78
Jake Warneke, Stacy, Minn., 41-37--78
Jonathan Blauner, Forest Hills, N.Y., 40-38--78
Kyle Litter, Chillicothe, Ohio, 38-40--78
Ryan Fery, Beaverton, Ore., 38-41--79
Brandon Weaver, Nashville, Tenn., 39-41--80
Richard Church, Panguitch, Utah, 40-40--80
Arnell Garza, Kennewick, Wash., 41-40--81
Mike Calkin, St Charles, Ill., 39-42--81
Matthew Brown, Panama City, Fla., 43-39--82
Gordon Willins, West Chester, Ohio, 40-44--84
Shawn Marshall, North Vernon, Ind., 44-42--86
Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.
Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.
Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.
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.