Monday Qualifier Leading at Florida Classic
Ryuji Imada, winner of last year's Virginia Beach Open, is tied for second place with former PGA Tour veterans Lee Rinker and Mike Heinen. The trio is knotted at minus 10.
Rod Pampling, a co-leader after the second round, shares fifth with Jeff Freeman and Brian Tennyson at 9-under-par.
Patterson birdied the third hole but quickly dropped a shot at the next. He then ran off four birdies in a row, starting at the sixth. This is the second day in a row where Patterson had four-birdie run at the turn, as Patterson carded four in a row beginning at the seventh on Friday to give him a weekend spot in the tournament after a first-round 73.
At the 11th, Patterson nailed a 50-foot birdie putt to go to 9-under. He bogeyed the next hole but closed with three birdies in his last five holes for his 64.
'It's a whole new experience for me,' said Patterson, who is looking to become the first player to win his first event on this tour since Stuart Appleby captured the 1995 Monterrey Open.'
'I'm in unchartered waters. This whole week has been more than I ever would have hoped for.'
Imada and Rinker each combined five birdies and a bogey on Saturday for their respective 67s. Rinker saved par on the sixth after his second shot hit a tree and went backwards. A sand wedge to five feet saved his four. At the eighth, his drive was lodged against a tree and he was forced to hit left-handed with the back of his 5-iron. Rinker holed a 30-footer for the save. Heinen was 1-over after 10 holes but closed with four birdies for a 3-under 68.
Freeman went bogeyless on Saturday with a 6-under 65 while Tennyson used five back-nine birdies for a 66. Pampling traded five birdies with five bogeys for an even-par 71.
Deane Pappas, the other co-leader after round two, birdied the last hole but still struggled to a 1-over 72 on Saturday.
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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.
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