Englands top trio thinking of No 1 at Wentworth

By Associated PressMay 19, 2010, 9:02 pm

WENTWORTH, England – England’s three players in the top eight of the world ranking have their eye on No. 1 while Tiger Woods continues to nurse his injured shoulder and reputation.

Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Paul Casey spoke openly of their lofty ambitions on Wednesday as they completed their preparations a day before the start of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

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Westwood, Poulter and Casey are ranked No. 3, 6 and 8, respectively, in the world. (Getty Images)
Phil Mickelson, restored to No. 2 after his win at the Masters in April, is the biggest threat to Woods’ 258-week reign atop the ranking, but Westwood, occupying No. 3 for the first time in his 16-year career, knows that if he can win this weekend he will be chasing Mickelson and Woods hard.

“For me, the No. 2 and No. 1 positions are more achievable now than they have been in the last few years,” Westwood said.

“Tiger’s performance, schedule and things like that are unpredictable at the moment. Phil is obviously a world-class player and has already won a major this year but you know his performances are very much up and down. And the world rankings are all about consistency.”

Consistency has become the watchword of Westwood’s golf over the past year in which he won Europe’s first Race to Dubai money list and in recent weeks on the PGA Tour has finished second at the Masters and led the Players Championship going into the final round.

No. 6-ranked Poulter, who moved into the top 10 for the first time after winning the Accenture World Matchplay at Dove Mountain in February, believes it is not just a two-man race to claim Woods’ crown.

“If I win the BMW this week then I will be at five and just .35 of a point off of No. 4 and closer to the goal,” he said. “I have just got to keep playing well every week to try to get as close to Tiger or Phil, even Lee.

“But it’s closer now than it ever was because of the points that Tiger has dropped over the past 12 months being away from the golf course. I can see anybody in the top 10 in the world now, if they over the next three months have a couple of wins and a couple of big finishes getting to the points that Tiger has now.

“I include myself in that bracket. There are 64 points available this week and with the U.S. Open and the British Open coming up, 100 points in each of those is huge. Knock one of them over and then you are definitely going to be climbing the board pretty quickly.”

Casey will attempt to successfully defend a title for the first time in his career at the BMW and agrees with Poulter that the queue behind Woods is growing longer and closer to him by the week.

However, he admits that the 6 million pounds ($8.5 million) worth of course changes designed by Ernie Els at Wentworth over the past 12 months could make that task even harder.

In 2009, he won playing a long running ball game but with most of the greens now protected by cavernous bunkers, a higher ball flight could be a big advantage.

“Because of the changes it’s like going back to other courses where you have won because you can’t call upon happy memories and shots that you might have used 12 months earlier,” he said.

“But this course is going to suit Ian Poulter because his short game is phenomenal, and when you do miss greens here now you have to be able to get out of bunkers and get up and down.”

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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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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

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Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

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Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

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Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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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