Expert Picks: Omega Dubai Desert Classic

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 29, 2014, 4:02 pm

This week marks the final event of the European Tour's three-week Desert Swing, as many of the game's best tee it up at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. It's also another first two-event week for fantasy in 2014, as our experts' picks for the PGA Tour's Waste Management Phoenix Open can be seen HERE. 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; contributor John Hawkins; editorial director Jay Coffin; 'Morning Drive' host Gary Williams; staff writer Ryan Lavner and defending fantasy champion Charlie Rymer.

Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Rory McIlroy: In his last two starts in the Middle East, he's finished fifth (DP World Tour Championship) and runner-up (Abu Dhabi) and has spent the last week practicing in Dubai.

Group 2: Thorbjorn Olesen: The Dane finished third last week in Qatar and has played some of his best golf in the Middle East.

Group 3: Dawie van der Walt: Been a fan of the big South African since his college days at Lamar University, and his top-10 finish last week was a sign that he's ready to break through.

Group 4: Robert Rock: A bit of a flyer here considering he hasn't finished in the top 20 anywhere in the world in four months, but he stunned a stellar field just down the road in Abu Dhabi in 2012 and a win this week would qualify as a stunner.

Jason Sobel

Group 1: Rory McIlroy: Playing in the same pairing as Tiger Woods in the first two rounds should be a little motivation for the man whose game appears to have returned.

Group 2: Thorbjorn Olesen: A third-place finish in Qatar last week should have him building some momentum heading into Dubai.

Group 3: Romain Wattel: Remember this name. The young Frenchman is starting to turn potential into performance.

Group 4: Edoardo Molinari: Mired in Group 4 because of recent injuries, it's only a matter of time before talent prevails once again.

John Antonini

Group 1: Rory McIlroy: I'm tempted to go with Jamie Donaldson, but Group 1 is no place to play hunches. Besides, McIlroy is a past champ at Emirates GC (won in 2009 at age 19) and he could have - some would say should have - won in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago. He's in form.

Group 2: Miguel Angel Jimenez: He's already the oldest winner in European Tour history and has his sights set on becoming Europe's oldest Ryder Cupper. There's no better place to make a statement than at Dubai, the big-time tournament that he won in 2010.

Group 3: Romain Wattel: The Frenchman was T-12 in Dubai in 2012, but more importantly he's been playing well of late. He had two top-five finishes in Africa in December and was T-11 last week in Qatar.

Group 4: Robert Rock: The hatless wonder has a history of surprising people in the Middle East. He also finished seventh a year ago in Dubai and was a respectable T-22 last week in Qatar.

Randall Mell

Group 1: Rory McIlroy: Hard to pick against him when he's driving it so well. You can see the confidence rushing back.

Group 2: Miguel Angel Jimenez: The Spaniard's really got something going on so far this year, and the ageless Jimenez will keep it going.

Group 3: Seung-Yul Noh: Nice little top-10 finish last week at Torrey Pines to get the confidence up.

Group 4: Robert Rock: Decent showing in Qatar last week (T-22) and nice showing in Dubai last year (T-7).

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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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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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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

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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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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