Phoenix Open hit by chilly conditions

By Associated PressFebruary 3, 2011, 6:44 am
  • Waste Management Phoenix OpenSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Frozen turf wiped out the pro-am round at the Phoenix Open and frost was expected to lead to long delays before play Thursday and Friday.

“You get cold mornings and you get some frost, but this is a legitimate winter day today,” Scottsdale-based Geoff Ogilvy said after his pro-am round was canceled Wednesday because of frozen turf at TPC Scottsdale. “There’s a reason why people move here from up north in winter, and it’s not for days like this.”

The temperature was in the high 20s F (-2 C) early in the morning when the players started arriving at TPC Scottsdale and only 35 F (1.5 C) around 11 a.m. when the pro-am was called off.

“The greens are still frozen,” said Slugger White, the PGA Tour’s vice president of rules. “The approaches are frozen. And it just would do a tremendous amount of damage if we walked on it, just tracking everything up with the greens being frozen.”

With overnight temperatures well into the 20s, frost was expected to lead to long delays before play can start Thursday and Friday.

“Anything could happen with the weather, but it doesn’t look good tomorrow morning,” White said. “It’s supposed to be colder. And it might be even colder on Friday. So, we’ll just see.”

Phil Mickelson planned to use a softer, lower compression ball in the chilly conditions, a tactic he also used last week in his second-place finish at Torrey Pines.

“I’ve been switching golf balls in cold weather,” the former Arizona State player said. “It helped me last week at Torrey where it was fairly cold. It wasn’t as warm. And it’s going to help me this week, as well.

“When it gets cold the ball doesn’t compress as well and when it hits the face the face actually moves, and the misses get exaggerated, and this golf ball doesn’t do that,” he added. “This golf ball compresses very easily, so I hit it a lot straighter in cold conditions.”

Bubba Watson, coming off a one-stroke victory over Mickelson on Sunday in San Diego, had no plans to switch balls.

“I won with that ball last week,” said the long-hitting Watson, also an area resident. “I don’t care if it’s cold or hot. I’m playing with that ball again. … I’m not going to change because of cold weather, hot weather, whatever.”

Mickelson won at TPC Scottsdale in 1996 and 2005. In 2005, he shot a 60 in the second round en route to a five-stroke victory.

“I love coming back,” Mickelson said. “It’s one of my favorite places as always to play here in Phoenix where I spent so many years of my life, and my time at Arizona State was so much fun. I’m excited to be back here because I also feel like I’m playing some good golf and would like to try to improve on last week’s close call.”

Hunter Mahan won last year for the first of his two 2010 titles, closing with consecutive bogey-free 6-under 65s to beat Rickie Fowler by a stroke.

“It’s surprising for me here,” Mahan said about the cold conditions. “There’s maybe usually cold mornings, but then it warms up pretty nice. I know it’s going to be kind of chilly for the next few days, but I’ve been in Dallas and went to Aspen for our honeymoon, so we’ve been in cold weather for a bit now, so it’s not a big shock.”

Ogilvy is making his first start of the season after gouging his right index finger on a coral reef in Hawaii before the Tournament of Champions. The Australian needed 12 stitches to repair the cut to the side of his knuckle.

“It’s in a very annoying spot for a right-handed golfer,” Ogilvy said. “It’s right where the club hits the thing. … I’ve been hitting balls the last two or three days and it feels like I’m hitting it like I was when I arrived in Hawaii.”

Watson and fellow 2011 tour winners Watson, Jonathan Byrd, Mark Wilson and Jhonattan Vegas are in the field along with Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, three-time champion Mark Calcavecchia and two-time winners J.B. Holmes and Vijay Singh.

Getty Images

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

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

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

Getty Images

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.