Expert picks: HP Byron Nelson Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 15, 2012, 5:00 pm

This week the PGA Tour heads to TPC Four Seasons for the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Keegan Bradley defends his title against a field that includes Phil Mickelson and new Players champion Matt Kuchar. 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' host Gary Williams; and Golf Talk Central contributor Ryan Ballengee.

Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Jason Day: The Australian's PGA Tour breakthrough came here in 2010 and he finished fifth last year. He also tied for ninth at Quail Hollow earlier this month, a good sign he's fully recovered from the ankle injury that forced him to withdraw from the Masters.

Group 2: Ryan Palmer: Your scribe asked Palmer last week on the TPC Sawgrass practice tee if he planned to play the Nelson. 'Heck yeah, going to get me some revenge.' Palmer lost in a playoff to Keegan Bradley last year and lives in the Dallas area. Question withdrawn.

Group 3: Bob Estes: OK, so the Texas native hasn't exactly lit up the Nelson in his career - he's missed 13 cuts in 23 starts - but he posted a co-round of the day on Sunday at the Players (65) and finished T-4 in his last start in the Lone Star State (Valero Texas Open).

Group 4: Joe Ogilvie: The thoughtful Tour type has missed more cuts than he has made this season (7 of 13), but he played well last year in Dallas (T-3) and could use a good week.

Ryan Ballengee

Group 1: Adam Scott: The 2008 champion returns after a two year absence. Was T-15 last week at The Players and is still very fresh.

Group 2: D.A. Points: Top-8 finishes here in two of the last three years is a good sign.

Group 3: Arjun Atwal: Atwal likes Las Colinas, with two top-8 finishes here in the last two years.

Group 4: Briny Baird: Only two missed cuts here since 2003 balanced out with a pair of top 10s in that stretch.

Gary Williams

Group 1: Louis Oosthuizen: Although he missed the cut last week, Oosthuizen has recently finished third in Houston and runner-up at The Masters, plus a win at the Maybank Malaysian Open. He is making his first appearance here and I think he will bounce back from the MC at Sawgrass quite nicely.

Group 2: Ryan Palmer: Palmer had missed six cuts in seven appearances here before losing in a playoff last year to Keegan Bradley. Although he missed the cut last week, he recorded his best finish of 2012 in New Orleans where he finished T-4.

Group 3: Colt Knost: The 2007 U.S. Amateur champion is finally starting to live up to the potential that some have set out for him, as seen by his pair of third place finishes at Mayakoba and Hilton Head. Knost grew up in Texas and attended SMU in Dallas so this would be the perfect place for a breakthrough win.

Group 4: Joe Ogilvie: This veteran has not had a great 2012 season but that was the same situation last year and he finished T-3 here. Ogilvie is both smart and talented, and if he can pull it off once, I think he can pull it off twice.

Randall Mell

Group 1: Phil Mickelson: On the cusp, Lefty's game is right there. Time to strike while the iron is hot.

Group 2: John Rollins: His ball striking is too good right now not to win a large reward.

Group 3: Bob Estes: Taking a flier here; Estes' record isn't so good at this event but his new swing is rejuvenating his game.

Group 4: Rocco Mediate: Seems like it's about time for Rocco to rise from the ashes again.

Rob Bolton

Group 1: Adam Scott: Coming off a T-15 finish at The Players, his best finish at that event in five years. It's also his ninth consecutive to-20 in a stroke play event, dating back to last year's TOUR Championship.

Group 2: John Huh: Fearless rookie has six top-25s this year. That includes a victory at windy El Camaleon in Mexico, which is a grinder's and ball-striker's paradise. Plus he doesn't turn 22 years of age until Monday.

Group 3: J.J. Henry: The Fort Worth resident has cashed in his last five starts entering this week, as well as his last eight visits to TPC Four Seasons Resort. I'll lean on those angles in a shallow field.

Group 4: Will Claxton: The Q-School grad hasn't missed a cut in his last seven starts. He's 16th on Tour in ball-striking and 20th in bogey avoidance, two key stats when projecting success this week.

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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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