Normans shootout features top-notch field

By Associated PressDecember 10, 2010, 6:31 am
NAPLES, Fla. – For his 22nd Shark Shootout, Greg Norman is touting this year’s field as his best ever.

The tournament founder and host isn’t the first involved with a golf event to do that, but he may just be right.

Half of the U.S. Ryder Cup team, two from Europe, and two more who were assistant captains are playing at Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort starting Friday.

“No question about it, it’s the strongest ever,” Norman said. “I don’t think it’s a field that I put together; I think it’s a field that the guys wanted to come and play.”

Now the longest continuous challenge season event on the tour, the 12 two-man teams play three different formats over three days – modified alternate shot in the first round, followed by better ball and a scramble in the final two.

Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson, 2010 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Rickie Fowler, money champion Matt Kuchar, and Jeff Overton played for the Americans.

Graeme McDowell, coming off beating Tiger Woods in a playoff at Woods’ tournament on Sunday, and Ian Poulter were part of Europe’s winning team. McDowell, who won the U.S. Open earlier in the year, won the decisive match against American Hunter Mahan at the Ryder Cup. Darren Clarke was one of the vice captains for Europe, and Davis Love III was an assistant for the U.S. team.

The Ryder Cup theme carries over to the pairings in different ways. McDowell and Clarke, and Fowler and Watson are playing together, but so are Johnson and Poulter, rivals in Wales.

“This is a team event, and you need a good partner,” Poulter said. “I’m very excited to play with Dustin.”

“You kind of develop a bond with those guys, too, even though we’re really trying to beat the crap out of one another during that week,” Stricker said.

That kind of stuff doesn’t matter, though. Not this week, when fun is the name of the game – at least until it comes to the final groups on Sunday.

McDowell, fresh off his win over Woods, is ready to celebrate his outstanding year.

“If the golf doesn’t go well, we’ll certainly enjoy ourselves, that’s for sure,” said McDowell, who shared European Tour Player of the Year honors with Martin Kaymer. “We’re certainly here to try and put ourselves on the leaderboard as well.”

“We could definitely win the prize for spending the longest time in the bar this week,” Clarke said.

Fowler and Watson may win the prize for avoiding the bar the longest – neither of them drink, but the close friends have their own ways of having fun together.

At the PGA Championship, they spent time playing with neighborhood kids near the house Watson was staying at, riding Razor scooters, throwing footballs and baseballs.

“And down the street, a block from the street … you can feed the goats for 25 cents,”. Watson said.

“And ducks,” Fowler added.

“So we fed some goats and ducks every other day because we had to drive right past it to go to the golf course,” Watson said. “So just goofing around. We both like to goof around and have fun.”

Stricker teamed with fellow Wisconsin native Jerry Kelly to win last year. It was Kelly’s second title; he won with Rod Pampling in 2006. They’ll try to become the third team to defend their title.

“We’ve got a nice bond together,” Stricker said. “It’s a really nice week. The competition is strong. This year, it looks even stronger. We’ll have to play hard to defend.”

The winning team shares $750,000 from the $3-million purse.
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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

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm