Summerhays Leads Simpson Impressive in Debut

By Sports NetworkSeptember 30, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 SAS ChampionshipCARY, N.C. -- Bruce Summerhays posted a 6-under-par 66 on Friday to take the first-round lead of the SAS Championship at Prestonwood Country Club.
 
R.W. Eaks is alone in second place at 5-under-par 67.
 
Former U.S. Open winner Scott Simpson made an impressive debut on the Champions Tour Friday. He carded a 4-under-par 68 and is tied for third place with the winner of the Constellation Energy Classic, Bob Gilder.
 
'I'm very happy with my day,' said Simpson, who won the U.S. Open in 1987. 'I was a little nervous starting out, but I made some good putts early, which was good.'
 
Summerhays started out slowly with seven consecutive pars, including a tough 12-footer at the par-5 seventh. He broke into red figures with a birdie at the par-3 eighth when he hit an 8-iron to 6 feet. Summerhays made it back-to-back birdies as he rolled in a 5-footer at nine to make the turn at 2-under 33.
 
He cashed in on his third birdie in a row at 11 when he knocked a pitching- wedge to 7 feet. Summerhays parred the 169-yard 11th, but drained a 5-footer for birdie at 12. He hit a 9-iron to 10 feet to set up birdie at 13 to reach 5 under par for the championship.
 
Summerhays stumbled a bit at the 16th and dropped a shot, but the three-time Champions Tour winner rebounded. He two-putted the 17th green for a birdie at the par-5 hole, then sank a 5-footer for birdie at 18 to grab sole possession of the first-round lead for the first time in five years.
 
'The day started out kind of bland, then I made a couple of good par putts early and got things going,' said Summerhays. 'You always feel good when you play like this. I'm going to have to put up some similar numbers the next two days.'
 
Eaks had a tough start with a pair of birdies and a pair of bogeys on the front side. He lipped out two par putts from inside 3 feet, but rolled in two from inside 10 feet. Eaks was just waiting for the back nine to make his move up the leaderboard.
 
He hit a 6-iron to 8 feet to set up birdie at 11, then ran home a 6-footer for birdie at 13. Eaks collected his second birdie in a row at 14, this time, from 25 feet out.
 
At the 16th, Eaks hit a gap-wedge to 4 feet for an easy birdie. He reached the green with a 5-iron second shot at No. 17, and two-putted for birdie and second place.
 
'I had a wonderful round on the back nine today,' said Eaks. 'It's been a little bit of a struggle this year. The last two events have not been two of my better ones.'
 
Hale Irwin, Bobby Wadkins, Lonnie Nielsen, Danny Edwards and Bruce Lietzke are knotted in fifth place at 3-under-par 69.
 
Walter Hall, Gil Morgan, Bruce Fleisher, Tom Jenkins, Rodger Davis, James Mason, Joe Inman and Gary McCord are tied for 10th place after opening with rounds of 2-under-par 70.
 
Defending champion Craig Stadler opened with a 1-under 71 and is tied for 18th place.
 
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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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    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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    Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

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    Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

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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.