Els May Come Back Even Stronger
Monday we learned on Els own website that another surgery'one that will include the reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament on the damaged knee'is planned.
Meanwhile Els agent, Chubby Chandler, has informed me that the boating accident occurred while Els was playing with his children. Chandlers best guess is that the next surgery is about two weeks away. And, he said, Els is committed to a fitness regimen during rehab that will make him fitter.
The silver lining in this dark cloud of a development that will cause Els to miss the PGA Championship next week and the Presidents Cup next month is this: Els may come back stronger than ever.
That suggestion comes from top 100 golf instructor Mike Malaska. One of Malaskas specialties is the biomechanics of the golf swing. And, he says, Els action will make it easier for him to recover from ACL reconstruction.
Unlike, say, Tiger Woods or Adam Scott, Els doesnt hyperextend his knee as much through the ball. He has more lateral movement and, because of that, doesnt put as much pressure on the knee.
Malaska also points to advances in the state of the art of arthroscopic knee surgery. Twenty years ago, Malaska says, this could have been a career ender for Ernie.
Els has never dedicated himself to physical fitness the way Woods and Vijay Singh have. Malaska suggests the education Els is about to receive regarding the moving parts of the knee will give him religion in the gym.
Woods underwent non-reconstructive knee surgery in 2002. And some insiders have suggested that the swing changes he has been working on with new teacher Hank Haney reflect his awareness about the importance of a stable left knee.
Malaska says surgeries need to do two things: Fix the pain and address the source of the pain. Woods surgery was a result of wear and tear. Els surgery was the result of an accident.
You watch him swing and instantly realize why they call Els The Big Easy. Its a swing thats built to last. And now, assuming the doctors dont find something unexpected when they look more closely, Els, the third-ranked player in the world, will probably get another good chance to improve that number.
Meanwhile dont be surprised if Els plays competitively in his home country of South Africa before the end of this calendar year.
He is a good guy. And he is a tough guy.
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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 Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
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
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