Expert Picks: 2015 Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 18, 2015, 2:50 pm

This week marks the 19th event of the 2014-15 PGA Tour season, as the Tour remains in Florida for the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Each week, a panel of experts will offer up their picks from four groups of players, based on Golf Channel's fantasy game, Fantasy Challenge. We will also keep track of their scores and standings. The panel includes: senior writers Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell and Jason Sobel; editorial director Jay Coffin; associate editor Will Gray; 'Morning Drive' host Gary Williams; host Charlie Rymer and defending fantasy champion Ryan Lavner.

Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Henrik Stenson: The Swede has back-to-back fourth-place finishes to start his season on the PGA Tour and a solid history at Bay Hill where he has finished in the top 10 in his last two starts.

Group 2: J.B. Holmes: Although the bomber came up short at Doral and Torrey Pines he’s due for a breakout Sunday and Bay Hill is a perfect “big porch” for his power game.

Group 3: Charles Howell III: The Augusta, Ga., native continues to make his push for a start at the Masters and following his T-10 finish last week at Innisbrook he still has a glimmer of hope.

Group 4: Sam Saunders: The King’s grandson has been playing solid lately, he finished 24th last week at the Valspar Championship and was runner-up at the Puerto Rico Open, and how cool would it be for Saunders to earn his first Tour title at Arnie’s place?

Ryan Lavner

Group 1: Henrik Stenson: Back-to-back fourth-place finishes followed a run of consecutive top 15s. Strong record at Arnie’s Place too, with three consecutive top 15s, including a T-5 a year ago.

Group 2: J.B. Holmes: Playing too well to ignore. Pair of second-place finishes in his last four starts, including his most recent appearance at Doral. Made the cut in all eight tries at Bay Hill, including a top 10 last year.

Group 3: Matt Jones: Approaching the one-year anniversary of his Houston win. First start since Riviera, and he was playing well before his time off, with consecutive top 15s.

Group 4: Sean O'Hair: Took a lot of confidence from his playoff loss at Innisbrook, especially with his play down the stretch. Even during his struggles he tied for 10th here in 2014.

Will Gray

Group 1: Henrik Stenson: The Swede enters off two straight top-five finishes and has cracked the top 15 each of the last three years at Bay Hill. His game is rounding into form just as the season heats up.

Group 2: J.B. Holmes: He let one get away at Doral, but Holmes still has a pair of runner-up finishes this season and four straight top-25 finishes. Another solid performance and he will join the conversation when talking Augusta National sleepers.

Group 3: Martin Laird: A former champ here, Laird had a successful West Coast Swing and after taking a few weeks off returned with a solid T-33 finish at Innisbrook, highlighted by a Sunday 68.

Group 4: William McGirt: McGirt has quietly put together four straight top-30 finishes before a missed cut in Tampa, and he tied for eighth at Bay Hill just two years ago.

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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.

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.

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

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Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


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Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

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Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm