A new world order at this World Golf Championship

By Associated PressMarch 10, 2011, 9:11 am

DORAL, Fla. (AP)—The top three players in the world ranking will be in thesame group for the opening two rounds of the Cadillac Championship, the secondtime in five weeks for such a glamorous 1-2-3 punch. There is on notablesubstitution.

Luke Donald is in.

Tiger Woods is out.

And for most fans at Doral for this World Golf Championship, the main eventwill be one notch down the ranking for Woods, Phil Mickelson and GraemeMcDowell .

Donald moved up to No. 3 two weeks ago in Arizona when he captured thebiggest win of his career at the Match Play Championship. That puts himalongside Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood when the Cadillac Championship getsunder way Thursday on the Blue Monster.

Donald doesn’t obsess over the ranking, although it’s hard to dismiss onefact.

“There’s only two players ranked higher than me in the world right now, andthat’s pretty amazing to think about,” Donald said.

Even more amazing—Woods isn’t among them.

He had been No. 1 for more than five years until his shocking fall, on andoff the golf course. Westwood was the first to replace Woods at the end ofOctober, and then Kaymer replaced Westwood with his runner-up finish at theMatch Play.

McDowell took over at No. 4, pushing Woods down to his lowest level sincethe week before he won the 1997 Masters.

Even so, there’s always something special about Woods and Mickelson,particularly at Doral.

They are the top two players of their generations, supported by the recordalone. Woods has 82 victories around the world, including 14 majors. Mickelsonis at 40 worldwide wins with four majors.

Their combined 18 majors is equal to the rest of the 69-man field at Doralcombined.

“We don’t get paired together very often,” Woods said.

This will be the 27th time that Woods and Mickelson have been the samegroup, and only the fifth time it took place on Thursday and Friday of atournament. The last three were either majors (2008 U.S. Open, 2006 PGAChampionship), or a FedEx Cup playoff event (2007 Deutsche Bank Championship).

Mickelson, who played Augusta National on Tuesday, rested on the day beforeDoral. His caddie, Jim “Bones” Mackay, walked the course and met up with Woodsearly in his practice round.

“Bones and I were on the golf course today and trying to remember the lasttime it happened in a non-major,” Woods said of their pairing. “And he thoughtit was in ’98. So obviously, we don’t get to do it very often.”

That was the 1998 Nissan Open, the year it moved from Riviera to Valencia,the only time a Woods-Mickelson weekday pairing was done by a blind draw. Andthat streak continues, for there was nothing blind about this one.

The PGA Tour has been tweaking its pairings this year to make forinteresting stories on television, perhaps to attract more viewers when it getsto the network coverage on the weekend.

Woods and Mickelson figured to be put together at some point, and it wascoincidence that they were next to each other in the ranking. The twist is thatneither is among the new “Big Three,” at least at the moment.

They first played together at Doral in the final round of 2005 when it was aregular PGA Tour event, and a sold-out crowd that approached some 50,000 turnedthe Blue Monster into a rock concert.

Mickelson took a two-shot lead into the final round, only for Woods to rallyand take a one-shot lead into the final hole. Mickelson’s chip from just off thegreen to force a playoff caught the lip, and Woods won to return to No. 1 in theworld.

A year later, they were in the final group of the third round when Woodsshot 68 and took the lead, leaving Mickelson four shots behind. Woods went on towin the next day.

It was part of three straight wins at Doral, although victories haven’t beenpiling up for Woods in the last few years. He now has gone 15 months since hislast win at the Australian Masters, right before his personal life imploded onThanksgiving night with the revelation of extramarital affairs.

Mickelson, meanwhile, has not won since the Masters.

Who could have imagined that Woods and Mickelson would have one victorybetween them over the last 15 months?

Woods has not shown many signs that he is close to regaining his form, andthe venue doesn’t help like it once did. He had won five straight times atTorrey Pines, then finished out of the top 10 for the first time ever. He hadnever finished out of the top 10 at Dubai, and wound up fading on Sunday into atie for 20th.

Woods might continue to fall in the ranking if he doesn’t start playingbetter. As for no longer being No. 1?

“It’s about winning golf tournaments, and I haven’t done that,” Woodssaid. “There’s no reason for me to be up there at the top. You have to win golftournaments and you have to do it consistently. Lee did it, Martin’s done it,and that’s what it takes.”

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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

Article: Video, images from Tiger, DJ's round with Trump

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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

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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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.