Stenson two back in bid to win Race to Dubai

By Will GrayNovember 14, 2013, 12:55 pm

Looking to secure the Race to Dubai title in addition to his FedEx Cup crown, Henrik Stenson got off to a strong start Thursday in Dubai. Here’s how things shape up after one round of the European Tour season-ending DP World Tour Championship, where Stenson sits two shots behind leader Alejandro Canizares:

Leaderboard: Alejandro Canizares (-6), Marcus Fraser (-5), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (-5), Henrik Stenson (-4), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (-4), Jamie Donaldson (-4)

What it means: Not much was solved Thursday, as many of the nine player still mathematically eligible to win the season-long title remain in the hunt. Stenson, though, can end the race with a win this week in Dubai, and appears in position to do just that through one round. Despite a missed putt from less than 3 feet on the final hole, Stenson's 4-under 68 was the best among players with a chance to win the Race to Dubai title.

Round of the day: Entering the week 54th in the Race to Dubai standings among the 60-man field, Canizares opened with a pair of birdies Thursday en route to an outward 3-under 33. The Spaniard added three consecutive birdies from Nos. 14-16 on his inward half, totaling seven birdies Thursday while setting the pace. Seeking his second career European Tour victory, Canizares takes a one-shot lead into the second round.

Best of the rest: Aphibarnrat got off to a strong start Thursday, playing his first 11 holes in 5 under. The Thai dropped a shot at 12, but bounced back with an eagle at the par-5 14th and, despite a bogey on the closing hole, sits just one shot off the pace. Like Canizares, he's in search of his second career European Tour title, which would serve as the highlight of what has been a noteworthy 2013 campaign for the 24-year-old.

Biggest disappointment: Beginning the week third in the overall standings, Graeme McDowell stumbled out of the gates, with bogeys on two of his first three holes. The Ulsterman was 3 over on his round through 13 holes, though he rallied somewhat with birdies on holes 14-16. Nevertheless, McDowell sits six shots off the pace through one round, having carded an even-par 72 on a day when low scores were abundant.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Though Canizares leads the tournament, much of the focus will be on Stenson as he looks to close in on the Race to Dubai title. Several players remain within striking distance of Stenson, though, including Justin Rose, who sits second in points and opened with a 2-under 70, and Ian Poulter, who is fourth in the standings and began with a 3-under 69. Even Welshman Donaldson kept his hopes alive Thursday, firing a 4-under 68 to keep pace with Stenson as he looks to move from fifth to first in the season-long race this week.

Quote of the day: "Frustrating to drop one there, but still good for the first round. I'm playing good, so not too worried about the game out there. Still three days to go." - Stenson, after closing with a three-putt bogey on the 18th hole.

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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