Expert picks: Honda Classic

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 28, 2012, 7:00 pm

The Florida Swing gets underway this week with the Honda Classic, and our experts offer up their fantasy choices below. Each week a panel of experts will offer up their picks from four groups of players based on Golf Channel's new fantasy game, Fantasy Challenge. We will also keep track of their scores and standings. The panel consists of: senior writers Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell and Jason Sobel; contributors John Hawkins and Win McMurry; editorial director Jay Coffin;'s Rob Bolton; 'Morning Drive' hosts Gary Williams and Erik Kuselias; and Golf Talk Central contributor Ryan Ballengee.

Ryan Ballengee

Group 1: Rory McIlroy: He's the best on the planet and gets a bit of a home game this week.

Group 2: Fredrik Jacobson: Bounced early at the Match Play, he loves PGA National and its tight confines.

Group 3: Marc Leishman: Enjoys the Champion Course, scoring T-17 finishes here in consecutive years.

Group 4: Bobby Gates: In a desperately-wanting group, Gates has cashed in every event this season.

Win McMurry

Group 1: Tiger Woods: The Honda may be new to his schedule, but he's certainly familiar with the venue. While his putting stroke may be lagging, going out early last week in Arizona gave him the opportunity to go back home, near PGA National, get some rest and figure it out.

Group 2: Rickie Fowler: Another one of the many Tour pros who makes his home in South Florida. While he missed the cut last year and went out early at Dove Mountain, with his talent and drive he is poised to finally pick up his first victory.

Group 3: Ricky Barnes: He was solo fourth last year here, which ranked the most difficult non-major venue played in 2011. He eats up the tough tracks and is one name we've started to see a lot of on top of the leaderboards during the world-class events.

Group 4: Rod Pampling: He enters this year's event off two top-15s in four starts and the Aussie can get hot on Bermuda greens; take his 2006 victory at Bay Hill as an example.

Randall Mell

Group 1: Keegan Bradley: With positive momentum going, Bradley should be comfortable in his South Florida backyard.

Group 2: Mark Wilson: Off to a strong start this season, Wilson has already proven he can prevail at PGA National.

Group 3: Brian Gay: Gay, a Florida resident, will be looking to go from a warm West Coast run to a hot one in South Florida.

Group 4: Rod Pampling: While Pampling hasn't played the Honda Classic in seven eyars, he's pretty good on Florida courses.

Jay Coffin

Group 1: Charl Schwartzel: Will be overlooked in this group, but recent form and love of PGA National make for a solid pick.

Group 2: Y.E. Yang: The Yanger is hot or cold here with a win, second-place finish and missed cut in the last three years.

Group 3: Marc Leishman: May be the only person to pick him, but he's T-17 the last two years here and has made cuts in all three events this year.

Group 4: Alex Cejka: Made cut at the Honda Classic each of the last four years. Good enough for this group.

Rob Bolton

Group 1: Rory McIlroy: Last 11 starts - two wins, four seconds, two thirds, one fourth, one fifth, one T-11. Any questions?

Group 2: Ben Crane: Three top-10s this year. Solo third at PGA National in his last appearance in 200. Leads PGA Tour in strokes gained putting.

Group 3: John Rollins: The 2009 runner-up has three top-10s this season. Ranks sixth in the all-around and 18th in bogey avoidance.

Group 4: Rod Pampling: While he's a first-timer at PGA National, he keeps his ball in play. Two top-15s in his last three starts this season.

You can watch complete coverage of the Honda Classic Thursday-Friday live on Golf Channel from 3PM-6PM 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

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