After injury rehab, Stricker feeling good, stronger

By Doug FergusonJanuary 6, 2012, 1:40 am

KAPALUA, Hawaii — Steve Stricker went the final five months of the year without a top 10, mainly because of an injury to his neck that caused weakness in his left arm. He decided to treat it with therapy instead of surgery, and so far is pleased with the decision.

Stricker, the highest-ranked American at No. 6 in the world, showed up on Maui feeling good — “real good,” he emphasized.

His physical therapy at home consisted of six massage treatments in a two-week period, and he had his second cortisone shot right before Christmas. Stricker felt as though he were losing power off the tee toward the end of the FedEx Cup playoffs, and that concern remained at the Presidents Cup. But after his treatment, that’s no longer the case.

“Actually, I feel like I’m hitting a little bit further,” he said Thursday. “You look at the way I felt a year ago compared to now, I’m in much better shape.”

Stricker is playing the opening two weeks in Hawaii, then will take a four-week break before returning at Riviera. He said it would be during that month off that he could start working on weights to strengthen his arm.

He turns 45 next month and wonders how fast his window is closing. Then again, he looks at multiple wins in each of the last three years, and doesn’t see any reason why that cannot continue. And while Stricker didn’t have another top 10 since winning the John Deere Classic, it’s not like he was awful.

He was in the top 15 at four of those seven tournaments, and he didn’t miss a cut.

GOLF CHANNEL: The 28 players at the Tournament of Champions are all looking to build off big wins last year.

Golf Channel is no different.

In its first year as part of the NBC Sports Group, the network said it had the most viewers in its 17-year history. Citing data from Nielsen Research, Golf Channel said it had 90,000 viewers watching at any given moment during a 24-hour period, which would include the wee hours of the morning.

Its viewership was up 30 percent from 2010, and was up 3 percent over 2009. That’s significant because Tiger Woods, the biggest television draw in golf, hardly played last year. Woods played a full schedule without any controversy in 2009, winning seven times worldwide. He played the final eight months of the year in 2010.

Last year, Woods went from the Masters in April until the Bridgestone Invitational in August without completing a full round, and he missed all of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

“This viewership record is a testament to the vitality of golf, strengthened partnerships with the game’s governing bodies and the power of NBCUniversal cross promotion,” Golf Channel President Mike McCarley said.

The network gets off to a good start this week at Kapalua. Now that Golf Channel and NBC Sports are under the same ownership, it has allowed for Johnny Miller and Nick Faldo to be in the booth at the same time, and even more credibility comes from Dan Hicks of NBC Sports agreeing to serve as the anchor.

WHAT TO DO WITH $10 MILLION: Bill Haas won the FedEx Cup last year, and $9 million of that $10 million bonus goes right to the bank. What to do with such riches?

Nothing, at the moment.

Haas and his bride, Julie, already were in the process of building a new house.

“We were waffling on whether to put a pool in,” Haas said. “We put a pool in. But we haven’t even broke ground yet, so that could even change.”

Haas then let slip one toy he would love to spend some of his bonus on: a classic Mustang.

“If anybody knows of a `65 to `70 Mustang out there for sale, I really want one of those,” he said. “But until I find one I really want, I won’t make any huge purchases.”

DIVOTS: Johnny Miller is working the Tournament of Champions for Golf Channel (which along with NBC is under the Comcast umbrella). That means he’s taking another week off. Miller said the plan is for him to skip the Transitions Championship outside Tampa, Fla., to be replaced by Tampa resident Gary Koch. … Bryce Molder is to hit the opening tee shot of the 2012 season. He is in the first group with Michael Bradley. Considering the fairway is about 60 yards wide, he should get off to a decent start. … For the last two years, the winner of the Tournament of Champions did not win another event the rest of the season.

Watch live coverage of the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Golf Channel: Fri.-Sun., 6-10PM ET; Monday, 4-8PM ET.

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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