Austin Makes Presidents Cup Team
Austin's surprise second-place finish to Woods at the PGA Championship on Sunday vaulted him into the top 10 in the Presidents Cup standings, meaning he's earned an automatic spot on the American team in Montreal next month.
'I think my personality suits that kind of competition,' Austin said of the match-play event against the best non-European players in the world. 'I'd like to think that my personality is a lot like Tiger's. Very out there, very emotional. I think in that format, I like the idea.'
Austin's rise from 17th to 10th on the list bumped Lucas Glover out of the top 10. Jack Nicklaus will make his two captain's picks Monday, with Glover and Hunter Mahan among the top candidates.
Mahan finished tied for 18th at Southern Hills, has a sixth-place finish at the British Open, a win at the Travelers Championship and hasn't finished outside the top 25 all summer.
'It's out of my control, there's nothing I can do,' Mahan said. 'I played as hard as I could, it is what it is. It's an honor to be considered.'
The U.S. team is determined by earnings, while the international team is determined by the world golf rankings.
Stuart Appleby of Australia finished tied for 12th in the PGA and left the course before knowing if that was good enough to put him in the top 10 for the international team.
The updated world golf rankings showed that he moved into the 10th spot, knocking Nick O'Hern onto the bubble.
Gary Player will also make his captain's picks Monday.
'I'm a heck of a match player and I've played with Tiger a couple of times, so maybe that might help my case,' O'Hern said. 'But at the end of the day, they've got to pick who they think's right.'
Also just outside the top 10 for the internationals were Andres Romero, who finished third at the British Open, and Aaron Baddeley, who won the FBR Open early in the year but has missed the cut at the last two majors.
The rest of the American top 10 are Woods, Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson, Charles Howell III, David Toms, Scott Verplank, Steve Stricker and Stewart Cink.
The rest of the international top 10 is Ernie Els, Adam Scott, Vijay Singh, Geoff Ogilvy, Rory Sabbatini, K.J. Choi, Retief Goosen, Angel Cabrera and Trevor Immelman.
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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
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.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
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
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.
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
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18