Fact Pack: Zurich Classic

By Will GrayApril 24, 2012, 8:30 pm

With The PLAYERS only two weeks away, many of the world's best are back in action this week in New Orleans in order to fine-tune their games. Among those returning to action is defending Zurich champion Bubba Watson, making his first start since claiming his green jacket. This week's field will present a stern challenge, though, across a TPC Louisiana course that will yield birdies but demands accuracy off the tee and into the greens. 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:

Should you expect a Masters hangover from defending champion Bubba Watson? Perhaps not. Since 1997, eight of the past 15 Masters champions have finished 6th or better in their next PGA Tour start. In that same time frame, only two Masters winners have missed the cut in their first start back - Trevor Immelman (2008) and Angel Cabrera ('09). Most recently, Phil Mickelson followed up his 2010 green jacket with a runner-up finish at Quail Hollow.

Charles Howell III has now notched six consecutive finishes inside the top 30. As a player with a pair of runner-up finishes at TPC Louisiana, he may be a name to watch this week.

Matt Every's runner-up finish last week marked a high point in what has already been his most successful year on Tour. Much of the credit goes to his ability to close on Sunday; Every's 69.67 final round scoring average currently ranks 5th on Tour.

Webb Simpson returns to the course where he very nearly picked up his first career win last year, with the hopes of turning around what has been a mediocre 2012 season by his standards. Much of Simpson's struggles this year have been off the tee; while he ranked 24th in total driving last year, he currently stands 121st on Tour in that category for 2012.

• TPC Louisiana has consistently ranked among the more difficult courses on Tour in terms of proximity to the hole. This should favor consistent ball-strikers like Steve Stricker, who currently leads the Tour in that category and has three top-13 finishes in his last four starts here.

• Those that want to contend this weekend will need to focus on reaching the greens in regulation with regularity. Each of the last four Zurich champions hit at least 75% of the greens in regulation during the event, and two of the last three winners (Jerry Kelly in 2009 and Bubba Watson in 2011) led the field in GIR en route to victory.

Aussie John Senden will be making his first start since missing the cut at Augusta National. You'll have a hard time finding a more well-rounded stat line than Senden's this year, as he currently ranks 3rd on Tour in GIR percentage, 7th in total driving, 8th in birdie average and 10th in the all-around ranking. His T-13 finish here last year means he may be poised to bounce back from a poor Masters showing.

**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 3-6PM ET for live coverage of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

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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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Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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Rory faces criticism

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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

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

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Trump golf properties


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Reportedly fake TIME covers

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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