Schroeder Sets Pace at Emerald Coast

By Sports NetworkMarch 23, 2001, 5:00 pm
John Schroeder shot a flawless 5-under 65 to take the lead after Friday's opening round of the Emerald Coast Classic at The Moors Golf Club. Mike Smith is one shot back with a 4-under 66, while Mike McCullough, Andy North, Bobby Walzel and Gary Player share third place at minus three.
Schroeder went deep with a 70-foot birdie putt from the edge of the green at the par-3 3rd hole, then began a streak of three straight birdies with a 20-footer at the fifth.
'I got off to a great start with the long birdie putt at No. 3,' said Schroeder, the winner of a 1973 match-play event on the PGA Tour who is seeking his first win on the elder circuit. 'I attribute my round to the putter I'm using. It's allowed me to roll the ball a lot better.'
Schroeder needed some good rolls around the turn, as he put himself in the position to have to make two six-footers and a 10-footer to save par at Nos. 8, 9 and 10.
He notched another par save with a great greenside bunker shot at the 12th, followed by a gap wedge to 10 feet to set up his final birdie at 13.
'I didn't miss any putt that was makeable today,' said Schroeder, whose 65 matched his career-low round on the Senior Tour. 'You need to do that if you are going to win.'
Currently in his sixth season on the Senior Tour, Schroeder earned partial exempt status for 2001 with a top-16 finish at the Senior Tour National Qualifying Tournament in December. A non-exempt player over the last two years, Schroeder played in only 11 events in 1999 and just five in 2000.
Should Schroeder keep the lead Saturday and hang on to win Sunday, he would become the third player in successive years to win this event in wire-to-wire fashion. Bob Duval led from start to finish in 1999 and Gil Morgan turned the trick last year.
Smith, who joined the Senior Tour late in last year's campaign, also qualified for a conditional exemption for this season based on his finish at Q-School.
He mixed three birdies with two bogeys on his front nine Friday, but was steady on the way in with birdies at Nos. 11, 14 and 15.
Jim Colbert, who rang up his 20th Senior Tour victory and his first since 1998 at the SBC Senior Classic two weeks ago, is tied with Mike Hill, Tom Wargo, Tom Jenkins, Walter Hall and Toshiba Senior Classic winner Jose Maria Canizares at 2-under par.
Larry Nelson, No. 1 on the money list with two early season wins, is four shots off the pace with seven others after shooting 69 over the par-70 layout.
Morgan is six strokes back at 1-over par.
Full-Field Scores from the Emerald Coast Classic
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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

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.

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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.

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.

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm