Langer set to defend Allianz Championship title

By Associated PressFebruary 11, 2011, 2:09 am

Champions Tour

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Defending champion Bernhard Langer hopes playing at home will be his ticket to winning a second consecutive Allianz Championship title this weekend.

“It’s great to be back here playing at Broken Sound, eight minutes from my home, sleeping in my own bed and having family and friends cheer me on,” said the longtime Florida-based German.

“It doesn’t get a whole lot better than this.”

Langer returns to the Old Course at Broken Sound where he’ll face a competitive Champions Tour field planning to challenge his title defense. Among the notables is John Cook, who Langer beat out in a dramatic playoff for the title last year.

Other players in the field include: Mark Calcavecchia, Tom Lehman, Corey Pavin, Nick Price, and Mark O’Meara.

Neither Langer nor Cook has forgotten their journey during last year’s surprising Allianz playoff finish.

Langer holed a 45-foot bunker shot from a half-buried lie to win after Cook failed to extend the playoff when his 25-foot putt lipped out.

Langer visited that 18th hole bunker during practice this week, but didn’t try to replicate his winning shot.

“I hit a couple of shots out of there Tuesday, but I didn’t practice the plug lie,” Langer said. “I’m hoping not to get a plug lie the next time I’m in there.”

Cook, who comes into the Allianz having won the 2011 tour opener in Hawaii last month, has vivid memories of last year’s disappointment.

“It was a hard pill to swallow,” he said. “To go from having the upper-hand to having to make a 25-footer to keep the thing going was, uh, that ride home was not my favorite I can promise you.

“I didn’t say much to Jan (his wife). Luckily, it was only a short ride up the turnpike.”

Langer, 53, is coming off of another incredible season, having won five titles in 2010, including the Senior British Open and U.S. Senior Open.

He was named the Champions Tour Player of the Year for a third consecutive year. Since joining the Champions Tour in August 2007, Langer’s won 13 titles and over $7.2 million in prize money.

Langer cites a number of important reasons why he’s been so successful throughout his career.

“It’s not one element, it’s the whole mosaic,” Langer said. “One is health and fitness, but I haven’t had marital problems and divorces like some guys, and I have four healthy kids.

“I have the same coach for 35 years. The same manager for 35 years. The same wife for 27 years. I have a support group that is very important to me and I like harmony in my life.”

Cook, 53, is hoping that a strong 2010 finish – he won the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship – coupled with his recent win in Hawaii will help him sidle up to Langer’s stature on the tour.

“He’s the standard and for good reason,” Cook said. “He’s won a lot of tournaments. He’s won majors. To get into that level where Bernhard is you have to be better. He’s a Hall of Famer for a reason, it’s not a fluke. And that’s the level I’m looking towards.”

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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.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

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

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Article: After DJ and Tiger, Trump plays golf with Jack

Rory faces criticism

Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'

President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

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

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

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

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


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

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

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.