Expert Picks: The Players Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 7, 2013, 7:54 pm

This week, the PGA Tour heads to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., for The Players Championship, where 145 players will each be vying for one of the Tour's most prestigious titles. 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 includes: senior writers Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell and Jason Sobel; contributors John Hawkins and Win McMurry; editorial director Jay Coffin; 'Morning Drive' host Gary Williams and staff writer Ryan Lavner. They will also be joined by former 'Saturday Night Live' star Norm Macdonald, who will serve as a celebrity guest throughout the fantasy season.


Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Tiger Woods: Forget his record at the PGA Tour's flagship event, forget those two injury-induced withdrawals in recent years. The world No. 1's putting (he's first on Tour in strokes gained putting) has finally caught up with his ball-striking.

Group 2: Ian Poulter: The Englishman has played well at TPC Sawgrass in the past, having finished runner-up here in 2009, and he would fit the mold of recent Players champions. Before Kuchar last year, international players had won four consecutive Players.

Group 3: Russell Henley: He has been solid since his victory at the season-opening Sony Open and he has the combination of putting (11th in strokes gained putting) and accuracy (44th in driving accuracy) that the Stadium Course demands.

Group 4: Ted Potter, Jr.: Florida native grew up putting Bermuda grass greens, and he's been sneaky consistent this year with three top-25 finishes.


Jason Sobel

Group 1: Luke Donald: I've always thought he would win this tournament someday; maybe this will finally be the year.

Group 2: Scott Piercy: This event has been a breakthrough, career-defining win for some players. It would be for Piercy, too.

Group 3: Charles Howell III: Yeah, I know his track record here is horrible, but it's time for CH3's luck to finally change.

Group 4: Brian Harman: Fresh off a solid week at Quail Hollow, he should feel back at home on Bermuda greens.


Randall Mell

Group 1: Matt Kuchar: Even Pete Dye won't wipe the smile off his face this week. 

Group 2: Bo Van Pelt: Three top-10s, five missed cuts at TPC Sawgrass...the pendulum swings favorably again.

Group 3: Kevin Streelman: A very good year gets even better.

Group 4: Bryce Molder: Dart landed on Molder, not a bad way to pick a Players winner. 

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

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.

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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.