Euro Ryder Cup Captain Announcement Forthcoming

By Associated PressFebruary 28, 2005, 5:00 pm
LONDON -- Ian Woosnam and Nick Faldo may be picked this week as Europe's Ryder Cup captains: the Welshman for 2006 and the Englishman for 2008.

The European Tour's tournament committee could make the unprecedented double appointment on Wednesday in Dubai on the eve of the Desert Classic.
'I'd be happy to do it in 2008,' Faldo said at last week's World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in California. 'If that's the way they want it, then OK. If they are going to name two of us, then that's OK, too.'
Selecting both would be a compromise to avoid ignoring Faldo. The 47-year-old Englishman is the most successful British golfer of his generation with victories in six majors and 11 appearances in the Ryder Cup.
Woosnam, who turns 47 on Wednesday, is the 1991 Masters champion and an eight-time Ryder player. He was an assistant to Sam Torrance on the 2002 European team and is widely favored to lead the team for 2006.
The 14-member committee includes Bernhard Langer, who led Europe to a record 18-9 victory over the United States last year at Oakland Hills near Detroit. Langer stepped away from the job, hoping to qualify as a player for 2006.

Faldo has won six career majors and has made 11 Ryder Cup appearances. (
'There are other guys waiting, mainly Ian Woosnam and Nick Faldo,' Langer said. 'I think those would be the favorites right now.'
The tournament committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday night in Dubai. European Tour spokesman Gordon Simpson said it was '90 percent certain' they would reach an agreement and announce a decision Wednesday.
If he is named for 2006, Woosnam would lead Europe in the Sept. 22-24 matches at the K Club in Dublin, Ireland. Tom Lehman will captain the American team.
Faldo would captain in 2008 at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. Paul Azinger is a top candidate to lead the Americans that year. Faldo and Azinger are working together this season as golf commentators for ABC.
Scotsman Sandy Lyle, 47, and Spanish golfer Jose Maria Olazabal, 39, have also expressed interest but are considered outsiders.
Woosnam has long been a crowd favorite for his small stature and powerful game. He won his first European tournament in 1982 and his last in 2001 when he upset Padraig Harrington to win the 2001 HSBC World Match Play title at Wentworth near London.
Faldo, more reserved than Woosnam, is a three-time winner of both the Masters and British Open and has played 11 times in the Ryder Cup. He holds the record as Europe's top point scorer in Ryder play with 25 points.
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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 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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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