Haas Among Leaders in Texas

By Sports NetworkOctober 14, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Administaff Small Business ClassicSPRING, Texas -- Jay Haas, who won last week's Greater Hickory Classic, fired a 7-under-par 65 on Friday and is tied for the lead with Morris Hatalsky and Des Smyth after the first round of the Administaff Small Business Classic.
Hale Irwin, who lost in a playoff last year, Mark McNulty, Bobby Wadkins and Brad Bryant are tied for fourth place. The quartet each posted rounds of 6-under-par 66 at Augusta Pines Golf Club.
Haas, technically a Champions Tour rookie because he only played three events last year, flew out of the gate on Friday with an eagle at the second hole. He parred his next seven holes to make the turn at 2 under par.
Last week's winner caught fire on the back nine. He drained a 15-foot birdie putt, then rolled in a 12-footer for birdie at the 11th. Haas continued the fine form with a 10-foot birdie putt at No. 12, then tapped in a short birdie putt at 13 for four in a row.
Haas did not give himself many good looks for birdie the rest of the way until the par-5 closing hole at Augusta Pines. He reached the green in two and two-putted from 46 feet for birdie and a share of the lead.
'I played very well today from tee to green,' acknowledged Haas, who has split time over the Champions Tour and PGA Tour this season. 'I hit a lot of good shots and had a lot of opportunities.'
Ireland's Smyth was steadier than Haas on the front nine. He collected birdies at the second, fourth and sixth holes to make the turn at 3-under-par 33.
Smyth made his move up the leaderboard with strong play at the beginning of his back nine. He tallied three birdies in a row from the 10th, but, like Haas, never gave himself great chances at birdies.
At the par-5 closing hole, Smyth landed on the putting surface with his second and lagged his eagle try inside 4 feet. Smyth converted the birdie putt for his share of the lead.
Smyth's high position so far is somewhat shocking considering the recent change of tools. He has new irons, a new driver and returned to a short putter in the last six weeks.
'The last five or six weeks, I've gone flat,' admitted Smyth, a two-time winner this season. 'I'm looking for something to kick the back end of the year. This has certainly revitalized me.'
Hatalsky, a four-time runner-up in 2005, began his first round on the back nine and recorded six birdies on his front nine. He birdied the first to get to 7 under par, but an errant drive at the fourth knocked him down to minus-6.
He birdied the par-5 sixth and appeared to be in some trouble at the par-4 eighth. Hatalsky's approach came up short of the green and his chip stopped 8 feet from the cup. He drained that and parred nine to tie for the lead.
Mike Sullivan, Dave Barr, Danny Edwards and Gil Morgan are tied for eighth place at 5-under-par 67.
Defending champion Larry Nelson struggled to a 3-over 75 in Friday's opening round and is tied for 62nd place. Lee Trevino and Arnold Palmer both shot rounds of 6-over 78 and share 75th.
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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.

    Playing with the pros

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    Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

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    Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

    Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

    Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

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    Cart on the green

    Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

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    Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

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    Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

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    Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

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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.