Fact Pack: RBC Heritage

By Will GrayApril 10, 2012, 8:30 pm

Still coming to grips with yet another amazing Sunday at Augusta, the golf world heads up the East Coast a bit to Harbour Town Golf Links for the RBC Heritage this week. Where the Masters has often rewarded longer hitters, the Heritage plays into the hands of the accurate ball-strikers on Tour. Defending champion Brandt Snedeker will be facing a full field of golfers, including world No. 1 Luke Donald who he had to beat in a playoff last year to claim the tartan jacket. With that in mind, here is a look inside the numbers to see which players may contend for the title and help your Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge team in the process:

World No. 1 Luke Donald is in the field this week eager to improve upon his runner-up finish last year. Donald currently leads the PGA Tour in strokes gained putting, total putting and scrambling from the rough, and he will have three consecutive top-three finishes at Harbour Town to draw from.

• One of the biggest surprises of 2012 continues to be the emergence of John Huh. Already a winner in Mayakoba, Huh has four top-14 finishes already this year. In finishing T-14 in his last start in Houston, Huh averaged only 27.8 putts per round - the second-lowest average in the field that week.

• No one dominated this event like Brian Gay did in 2009, winning by ten shots and setting a new scoring record. The consistent ball-striker has struggled on Tour this year since a T-6 finish in Hawaii, somewhat due to the fact that Gay is currently outside the top 50 on Tour in driving accuracy. He does rank 7th in total putting, though, which will be a key if Gay is to turn his season around at Harbour Town.

• 11 seems to be the key number this year for Jim Furyk, who finished 11th last week for the third time in seven starts on Tour. The 2010 Heritage champion currently ranks 6th on Tour in scoring average and is quietly putting together a solid start to his season.

• Looking to continue the momentum from his Sunday 64 at Augusta, Bo Van Pelt is looking for his fifth top-10 finish of the season. BVP currently sits atop the Tour standings in both total driving and the all-around ranking - a potent combination should that trend continue this week on Hilton Head.

• The greens at Harbour Town are among the smallest that players will face on Tour all year, so hitting the green in regulation will be paramount for those players looking to go low. Bryce Molder currently ranks third on tour in GIR percentage, as well as fourth in strokes gained putting, and may be a threat to challenge this weekend.

Another player quietly compiling a great start to 2012 is Zach Johnson, who has yet to miss a cut and has finished in the top 33 in all but two starts this year. Johnson ranks eighth in driving accuracy, which should help him navigate the notoriously tight fairways of Harbour Town.

• There may not be a hotter golfer right now than Matt Kuchar, whose T-3 performance at Augusta was his fourth consecutive top-10 finish dating back to the WGC Match Play. Kuchar ranks in the top 25 on Tour in both driving accuracy and greens in regulation percentage, and his 69.46 total leads the Tour in actual scoring average. Kuchar's is likely a name you will see on the leaderboard on Sunday, as he tees up a short drive from his alma mater of Georgia Tech.

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

Tune in to Golf Channel Thursday-Friday from 3:00p-6:00p ET for live coverage of the RBC Heritage.

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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

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