Three Share Lead at Chick-fil-A Charity Championship

By Sports NetworkMay 6, 2001, 4:00 pm
Defending champion Sophie Gustafson fired a 7-under 65 on Saturday to join Heather Daly-Donofrio and Beth Daniel at the top of the leaderboard after two rounds of the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship. The trio finished at 9-under 135 and has a one-shot lead over Catriona Matthew and Annika Sorenstam.
Nancy Scranton and Heather Bowie share sixth place at minus-seven.
Gustafson started strong in round two with an eagle-three at the par 5 3rd. She nailed a 7-iron to 12 feet and converted the eagle effort. She took advantage of the next par-6, the 6th, when she played a four-iron to 15 feet and once again ran home the eagle putt.
The Swede added two more birdies on her front nine, thanks to a pair of 25-footers at the seventh and eighth holes. Gustafson carded a 6-under 30 on her opening nine.
Gustafson parred the next eight holes on the back but left the course with a birdie at the par-5 closing hole when she chipped close on her third shot.
'I knew I left a few shots out there yesterday,' said Gustafson. 'I have a lot of good memories here and I am just trying to build on that.'
Daly-Donofrio mixed nine birdies and three bogeys on Saturday for a 66. She has yet to win in four years on the tour and only once was she ever in contention. That came at the 1998 Friendly's Classic where she finished fifth.
'I'm sure I will be nervous,' Daly-Donofrio said. 'I'm not going to deny it. But it's going to a great experience.'
Daniel, a member of the LPGA Hall of Fame with 32 career victories, did not start well with a bogey at the second hole when she mishit a flop shot. She took a bogey but rebounded with a two-putt birdie at the next hole.
At the sixth, Daniel hit a five-wood to the fringe and then chipped to three feet where she made birdie. She added another with a 15-foot birdie at the eighth but dropped a shot at No. 9.
Daniel made back-to-back birdies at Nos. 13 and 14 and then joined the group at the top with a 12-foot birdie at the last.
'I scored about as well as could be expected with the way I hit the ball,' said Daniel, who last won in 1995.
Sorenstam climbed up the leaderboard with three front-nine birdies but got within one when she two-putted for birdie at the 18th.
Sorenstam became the first woman golfer in 32 years to come out on top in four consecutive events when she won the Office Depot in early April. Mickey Wright achieved the feat in both 1962 and '63, while fellow Hall of Famer Kathy Whitworth reeled off four straight triumphs in 1969.
'I have a shot at it,' said Sorenstam, who also has two runner-up finishes in 2001. 'That's all you want.'
Dottie Pepper and Sara Sanders, the co-leaders after the first round, struggled on Saturday. Sanders carded a 1-over 73 while Pepper made it around in 74. Sanders is tied for 12th at five-under while Pepper is tied for 19th at minus-four.
Full-field scores from the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship
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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

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

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Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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

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.