Mickelson to open up new season in Abu Dhabi

By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2011, 10:28 pm
2009 European TourABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Phil Mickelson made his first trip to the Middle East in an effort to improve upon his 2010 season.

The Masters champion will start his season Thursday at the Abu Dhabi Championship.

“My goal this year is to have the year I expected 2010 to be. With the exception of the Masters, it wasn’t the year I had hoped for,” Mickelson said Wednesday. “And so, I’ve been working hard in the offseason to make 2011 the year I believe I can have and the one I had hoped for last year.”

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Mickelson is a regular in Singapore and Shanghai for the end-of-year events.

“I am not exactly a global player like Gary Player or Ernie Els, not yet. But I’m trying to get there,” Mickelson said. “But certainly, it is something that I would like to improve. I don’t know if I’ll ever get to that degree, but I’d like to play more internationally, and its really been great for us as a family to be able to experience so many different cultures and learn from them.”

Mickelson last played in November at a tournament in Singapore.

“I’m excited to get the year started,” the left-hander said. “I started practicing a little bit earlier than normal because I’m antsy and excited to start the year.”

Fellow 2010 major champions Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen also are in the field along with top-ranked Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, 2007 and 2009 winner Paul Casey, Padraig Harrington, Retief Goosen, Rory McIlroy, Francesco and Edoardo Molinari and Italian teen star Matteo Manassero. Last year, Kaymer won the tournament for the second time in three years, birdieing the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Poulter. 

Mickelson also praised the selection of Jose Maria Olazabal as Europe’s captain for the 2012 Ryder Cup.

“Everybody is excited that he is going to be the Ryder Cup captain,” Mickelson said. “I know his players are excited, but the U.S. players are excited to see him as captain, too, because he’s such a class act and a credit to the game.”

Davis Love III is expected to be selected the U.S. captain.

“He has a lot of experience playing Ryder Cups, and I think over the years, he’s able to take some of the things that he has liked from various captains,” Mickelson said. “I think he will be a great captain, too. Jose Maria and Davis Love, you have two of the nicest guys that both sides could offer. I think it’s going to be a very friendly and fun match.”

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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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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