Fact Pack: Memorial Tournament

By Will GrayMay 29, 2012, 8:30 pm

This week Jack Nicklaus plays host to an elite field at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance. Steve Stricker defends his title against Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald among others. The list of former champions at Muirfield Village is a storied one, and many of the world's best players look to add this championship to their credentials as the U.S. Open looms only two weeks away. With that in mind, here is a look inside the numbers to see which players may contend for the title(s) and help your Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge team in the process:

After a mediocre finish at the BMW PGA Championship, Ben Curtis returns to the U.S. where he has been among the best players on Tour over the last 4-6 weeks. Curtis currently leads the Tour in strokes gained putting and ranks in the top 10 in both scoring average and greens in regulation percentage. The Columbus, OH native and Kent State alum will look for a home-field advantage this week at Muirfield Village.

• Long driver Dustin Johnson will be back in action for the first time in nearly three months. Johnson has not played since Doral, sidelined with a back injury that forced him to withdraw from the Masters before play began. He will look to build off of good memories from last year's Memorial, where he finished fourth.

• Outside of Tiger Woods, few can match the Memorial resume of Jim Furyk. The 2002 champion has six career top-10s in this event, and finished runner-up as recently as 2009. Furyk has been remarkably consistent this season, finishing T-26 or better in eight of 10 events this year, including the last seven in a row. 

• While longer hitters have often thrived in this event, the key to victory seems to be play on the greens. Seven of the last eight champions here have averaged 27.25 putts per round or fewer en route to victory, including defending champion Steve Stricker who averaged only 26.5 putter per round in 2011.

Carl Pettersson continues to have a strong 2012 season in relative anonymity. The Swede already has a win and a pair of runner-up finishes to his credit this year, and now returns to a venue where he won in 2006. Pettersson ranks in the top 20 on Tour this year in strokes gained putting, scoring average, par-4 performance and the all-around ranking.

Rickie Fowler will go for a fifth consecutive top-10 finish this week at Muirfield Village, where he finished runner-up in his 2010 debut. Two of the keys to his recent play has been the ability to reach the fairway off the tee and the green in regulation; he ranked 157th in driving accuracy and 120th in GIR percentage in 2011, but currently sits 31st on Tour in driving accuracy and 16th in GIR percentage for 2012.

Robert Garrigus is back after a week off, looking for his fourth top-15 finish in his last four starts dating back to Harbour Town. He boasts an impressive combination of statistics - Garrigus is currently second on Tour in driving distance and fifth in greens in regulation percentage. Should he improve on the greens, where he currently ranks 186th in total putting, he could contend this weekend.

**Don't forget to join Fantasy Expert Rob Bolton for a live golf chat Wednesday at 12:00p ET at www.rotoworld.com** 

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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...

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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open

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Record Round No. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open

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Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.