Pavin Optimistic about US Bank Field
But 2006 tournament winner Corey Pavin says he's returning to Milwaukee to defend his title in July. And he figures he'll have plenty of good competition thanks to the PGA TOUR's new playoff-style points system, the FedEx Cup.
'Maybe the field's not going to be as strong as other events that are played, but I think that'll enhance this field quite a bit,' said Pavin, who was in Milwaukee on Tuesday to promote the tournament.
Pavin says the new points system might help boost the popularity of the Milwaukee tournament by prodding more players who don't qualify for the British Open to come play for positioning in the FedEx Cup standings instead of taking the weekend off.
'If they need to play some more, they're going to add more tournaments in to make sure they get up as high on that list as they can get,' Pavin said. 'And I think that's going to have a positive effect on this tournament.'
The FedEx Cup is a year-long points competition that divides the PGA TOUR schedule into a regular season beginning in January and a four-event playoff beginning in August.
Players qualify to compete for the playoff bonus by earning points during the newly established regular season. The top 144 players become eligible to compete for the FedEx Cup in the four playoff tournaments.
The player who performs best in the playoff tournaments gets a $10 million bonus.
The regular-season cutoff comes in mid-August, making the U.S. Bank Championship -- which will be held July 19-22 at Brown Deer Park Golf Course -- a chance for players who want to solidify their place in the standings to earn more points.
'People that aren't going to play the British Open have a very nice alternative to come here and play,' Pavin said.
Because it's held opposite a major tournament, players in the U.S. Bank Championship will only earn half the number of FedEx Cup points than they would for a regular tournament. But for players scrambling to become eligible to compete for the FedEx Cup, Pavin figures even the reduced points payout will be valuable.
And, of course, with so many good players on the other side of the Atlantic, there's an opportunity for a better finish.
'I think the players are going to look at it a little harder at that point, too, with a month or two to go,' Pavin said.
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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
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.
Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
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
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.
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
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18