Sergio Shares Lead at Volvo Masters

By Sports NetworkOctober 28, 2004, 4:00 pm
SOTOGRANDE, Spain -- Two local favorites, Sergio Garcia and Jose Manuel Lara, each posted 4-under-par 67s on Thursday to share the first-round lead of the season-ending Volvo Masters Andalucia.
Brian Davis and Alastair Forsyth share third place at Valderrama Golf Club.
This event is reserved for the top-60 on the European Tour Order of Merit, but several players, including top money leaders Ernie Els and Retief Goosen, along with world No. 1 Vijay Singh, elected to skip the event.
Garcia did not look like he would be near the top of the leaderboard on Thursday when he bogeyed the third hole. He rebounded with a birdie at the next, then birdied the sixth and eighth holes to make the turn at 2-under-par 33.
At the par-5 11th, Garcia collected his fourth birdie of the round to reach 3 under par for the championship. The Spaniard birdied No. 16 to join Lara in the lead.
Garcia, ranked 10th in the world, had good chances to take sole possession of first on the final two holes at Valderrama. He missed a 9-foot birdie try at the 17th, then missed a 7-footer to go to minus-5 at the closing hole, but Garcia was happy with his round in windy, difficult conditions.
'I really enjoy it when a course is tough,' said Garcia, who won his last start at the Mallorca Classic. 'There are some places where if you don't make every putt you don't have a chance of winning. Here, you don't need to make everything, shoot even or 1 under and you're still in the tournament.'
Lara mixed a birdie at the second with a bogey at No. 4, then suffered a bee sting on the foot at the fifth hole.
'I have a bad cold and then the bee stung me, so maybe I played with less pressure because my mind was on other things,' admitted Lara, who bogeyed No. 7 to fall to 1 over par.
Things changed for Lara at the ninth. He birdied the hole, then tallied back-to-back birdies at 11 and 12 to reach 2 under for the tournament. Lara birdied the 15th, then finished his round in interesting style.
He sank a 15-foot birdie putt at the 16th, but missed the green with his third shot at Valderrama's famous, par-5 17th. Lara duffed a chip with his fourth, but chipped in for par. He parred No. 18 to post the clubhouse low in better conditions than Garcia.
'The sting bothered me for about four holes then I started to birdie holes and didn't even remember it,' said Lara. 'The important thing is that I took advantage of the birdie chances. I felt very comfortable but you can't ever say you are in control, because if the wind blows, it's very complicated.'
Lara is winless on the European Tour, although he tied for third earlier in the year at the Qatar Masters. He played in the final group Sunday with eventual champion Goosen at the European Open in Ireland, but the 27-year-old believes he's headed in the right direction.
'I played well in Ireland,' said Lara, who tied for fifth at the European Open. 'I am giving myself more options. I finished third in Qatar, so I am getting closer and closer.'
Luke Donald, a European Ryder Cupper and two-time winner this season, posted a 2-under-par 69 and is tied for fifth place with Christian Cevaer, Peter O'Malley and Jonathan Lomas.
Bradley Dredge, Marcus Fraser, Peter Hanson and Trevor Immelman are the only other players under par through the first round. They carded rounds of 1-under-par 70.
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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.

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    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.

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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.