Notes: Donald

By Doug FergusonSeptember 14, 2011, 11:45 pm

LEMONT, Illinois – Luke Donald disputes a British newspaper headline in which he says the Tiger Woods era is over.

“I don’t recall ever saying the Tiger era is over,” Donald said Wednesday at the BMW Championship. “I’ve certainly said in the past I think it’s tough to come back from physical injuries. I’ve had some, and obviously being away from the game for so long, it’s certainly not going to be easy for him to get back to where he was.

“I wouldn’t doubt that Tiger will come back and win again.”

The Daily Express published a story Wednesday with the headline, “Luke Donald: The Tiger Woods Era is ‘Over.”’

In the story, Donald is quoted as saying, “When you get that combination of injury plus the scandal that went on, mentally that’s quite scarring. It’s a lot to take, even for someone with one of the strongest minds in golf. It’s a confidence sport. Even though Tiger’s only 35, there are a lot of young guys coming up – Rory McIlroy and Keegan Bradley and a bunch of others. I would assume a new era is upon us.”

Woods now has gone two full years without winning on the PGA Tour. His most recent win was the Australian Masters in November 2009, right before the car accident outside his Florida home led to revelations of infidelity.

Since then, five of the last eight major champions have been in their 20s.

“Whether the Tiger era is over, I don’t know,” Donald said. “Obviously, there’s a lot of great young players coming up and showing a lot of talent. But certainly, I would never be naive enough to write Tiger off. He has a tremendous amount of talent, and I’m sure when he starts playing a little bit more, that will start showing again.”

STRICKER MEMORIES: This is the 15-year anniversary of when Steve Stricker won the Western Open at Cog Hill, and by the sound of it, credit goes to his caddie. Back then, that was his wife, Nikki.

Asked about memories from that win, Stricker smiled and said, “I remember vividly my wife laying into me.”

“I think it was on Saturday’s round,” he said. “I had been hitting it well, not making any putts, not really taking advantage of any of the things I was doing that day, and I remember her having a nice talk with me. She was caddying for me at the time, and she kind of laid into me on the par 3 – 14 – after I hit my shot. You kind of walk down through the trees and come back up. She laid into me pretty well.”

The message? Another smile.

“I can’t remember,” he said. “But I know I was beating myself up, and she just took it to another level and beat me up some more.”

It worked. Stricker said he made eagle on No. 15, threw in a few birdies and was on his way. He wound up winning by eight shots.

BELLY UP: Phil Mickelson is sticking with the belly putter for the BMW Championship, and he wouldn’t be surprised if it paid off at Cog Hill. Even though he has only one win this year – the Houston Open – Mickelson said he has had one of his best years from tee to green. The putting, particularly short putts, has held him back.

That’s where the belly putter comes in.

“I’m not giving shots away on short putts anymore,” Mickelson said. “But again, I’ve only used it a couple of weeks. It’s not like I’m sold on it. But it’s helped me not throw too many shots away around the greens. I feel like I’m putting short ones a lot better and starting to make some more mid-range.”

HORSES FOR COURSES: Despite the complaints about the redesign at Cog Hill, that doesn’t mean a player can be ruled out. David Toms learned that early in his career.

He recalls being at the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill in Virginia and not liking the course at all.

“I was on the 13th hole or 12th hole, and I remember hitting it down there and missing the green with a wedge or something,” Toms said. “And I told my caddie to take a picture, I’ll never come back here. And then I won it the next two years in a row.”

Geoff Ogilvy is another player who doesn’t think much of Cog Hill, which led to another question. Which PGA Tour courses does he like?

Ogilvy mentioned Riviera and Pebble Beach in California. He also mentioned Kapalua – not just because he’s a two-time winner at the course in Hawaii.

“Kapalua is an amazing achievement considering the extremity of the land,” he said. “I think it’s a very enjoyable place to play, not only because I play it well. It could have been an absolute train wreck, that place, but it’s turned out to be a really great place. Considering where it is, it’s amazing. That one gets an honorable mention.”

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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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