Kuchar Johnson return from Ryder Cup to join Fall Series

By Associated PressOctober 7, 2010, 1:05 am
McGladrey ClassicST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – After being on the losing side at the Ryder Cup, Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson returned from Wales this week wanting more out of the match-play event.

They’ll have to settle for a strong start to the PGA Tour Fall Series.

Kuchar and Johnson are the only two U.S. Ryder Cup players in the field for this week’s McGladrey Classic at the Sea Island Club’s Seaside Course. The two relative newcomers in the Ryder Cup went 3-2-2 for the U.S., which lost by one point to Europe at Celtic Manor.

The two are playing this week mainly because they are residents of St. Simons Island.

Rain pushed the singles matches in the Ryder Cup to Monday, so Kuchar and Johnson didn’t arrive home until Tuesday night. The two were on the course Wednesday to play in the McGladrey pro-am, and were candid about their experiences in one of the most dramatic Ryder Cup finishes ever, the first since 1991 that came down to the final singles match.

“I knew it was a big stage,” said Kuchar, a Ryder Cup rookie. “I knew there would be tons of people. I had no idea the intensity and the passion that came with the Ryder Cup.”

Johnson, who was playing in his second Ryder Cup, won the 11th of the 12 singles matches against Padraig Harrington to give Hunter Mahan and the U.S. a fighting chance.

Mahan eventually lost to Graeme McDowell on the 17th hole.

“It was great sport,” Johnson said. “We hung in there and fought hard and came up a half-point short (of tying and retaining the Ryder Cup). Unfortunately for us, the Europeans played just a little bit better.”

Also in the McGladrey field is tournament host and nearby resident Davis Love III, who has played in six Ryder Cups and was one of four assistant captains to Corey Pavin in Wales. Love is considered the favorite to be the U.S. captain at Medinah, near Chicago, in 2012.

“I definitely want to be a captain, if they (PGA of America) talk to me about it,” Love said. “I’ll be excited about it. I’d love to do it.”

Based on past practices, the PGA of America will pick the 2012 captain sometime this fall, possibly coinciding with its annual meeting in Boston during the first week of November.

Despite the loss, Johnson, Kuchar and Love were grateful to have been a part of the week.

“The drama coming down and the way it unfolded and seeing the board change so much during the day was unbelievable,” Johnson said. “It was blue (for Europe), and then it was kind of red (for the U.S.), and really blue, then really, really red. We hung in there and fought hard.”

Kuchar said making his first Ryder Cup team in Europe whetted his desire to make another team to play at Medinah in 2012.

“I really enjoyed playing overseas for my first one,” said the Tour’s current leading money-winner and the runner-up to Ryder Cup teammate Jim Furyk for the FedEx Cup. “All the chants and singing songs that they do was really a lot of fun. The first tee, every day, even if it was pouring rain … the fans were really into it.”

Love said watching Kuchar, Johnson and the other U.S. players left him torn with wanting to qualify for the team on his own and being the next captain.

He said the conflicting emotions were even stronger when mingling with past European Ryder Cup players like Darren Clarke, Jose Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia.

“We all talked about how much we want to play again and not on the sidelines,” Love said. “Standing beside the players as they play makes us want to work hard and play again.”

Love said he would have to work on his motivational speeches if he were to be named captain.

“Watching Bubba (Watson) and Hunter and several guys tearing up and getting emotional every night, I’m worried about the speeches,” he said. “I’m good at crying when something’s special. I think it would be hard for me to handle the standing up in front of people part.”


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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.


Playing with the pros

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup


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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green


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


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


Trump golf properties

Vandalism

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Finances


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

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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

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.