Expert picks: Reno-Tahoe Open

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 1, 2012, 1:00 pm

While many of the top-ranked players in the world head to Akron, the PGA Tour is also holding a full-field event in Reno. Players this week will look to accrue valuable FedEx Cup points as the Playoffs near. 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; staff writer Ryan Lavner; and Golf Talk Central contributor Ryan Ballengee.

Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Chris Kirk: He's posted top-10 finishes in his last two starts (T-10 at the True South Classic and T-4 at the Canadian Open) and at 81st in FedEx Cup points he needs a few good weeks to set the stage for a playoff run.

Group 2: John Merrick: Undone in his last two events by closing 73s, Merrick finished a shot behind eventual champion Scott Piercy last year in Reno. If he finds an answer for his final-round blues he could be dangerous.

Group 3: Gavin Coles: Thin mountain air will help mitigate a distance disadvantage for the Australian and following a tie for 19th in Canada he's putting better than he has in years.

Group 4: Will MacKenzie: He began the weekend last year in Reno a stroke out of the lead but faded with rounds of 74-75. The 2006 champion could use a spark to get his season going.

Ryan Ballengee

Group 1: Chris Kirk: He's notched consecutive top-10 finishes and is an aggressive player.

Group 2: Troy Matteson: He's been in contention very recently and seems to thrive amid these types of fields.

Group 3: Mark Anderson: He's not been spectacular this year, but Anderson makes birdies.

Group 4: Patrick Reed: Mr. Monday is due for a good Sunday.

Gary Williams

Group 1: Spencer Levin: Levin has had some strong performances in 2012 but he has yet to earn his first Tour win. He finished third in Phoenix and was T-4 at the Memorial but with the Modified Stableford scoring system in play, Reno could be the site of his first triumph.

Group 2: Kevin Chappell: Chappell has not had as good a year of 2012 as he had in 2011 but his one top-10 finish was a big one: T-10 at the U.S. Open. Needing a win to earn a spot in the PGA, you know that he is motivated to get back onto that major championship stage.

Group 3: Gary Christian: This Tour rookie has not had the year he hoped for up to this point, but he has played well over the last several weeks. He has top-20 finishes in four of his last five starts, including a T-10 last week in Canada.

Group 4: Patrick Reed: The two-time NCAA champion from Augusta State has been one of the most interesting stories of 2012, having successfully Monday qualified on several occasions this year. He has made the cut in five of his eight starts this year, and I think he will play well this week in a format that encourages aggressive play.

Rob Bolton

Group 1: Seung-yul Noh: Cashed in 12 straight starts, seven going for top-20 finishes. Scored in the 60s in 19 of his last 24 rounds. Ranks high in all relative splits, including 44th in par breakers, more relevant than ever in the Modified Stableford scoring system.

Group 2: Josh Teater: Calculated leap of faith as he rolls into Reno with top-10s in his last two starts. Tied for 10th at Montreux last year, and his metrics favor a continuation of form with the tournament's new format.

Group 3: Vaughn Taylor: Previous success as a two-time champ at Montreux is nice, but he's still a mild birdie machine. Put those dynamics together and it's understandable why he stands out in this crowd.

Group 4: Jason Gore: Sigh...Group 4 of an opposite event. The goal is simply to make the cut. The big fella - although not as hefty as years gone by - has grinded through injury scares over the last 12 months, yet he's still cashing checks. His latest on the Tour was a T-21 at the True South Classic where he started the final round inside the top five.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.

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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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green

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

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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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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

Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.