Fantasy Island: 2011 Tour Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 20, 2011, 1:43 pm experts offer up their picks for the Tour Championship. Each week a panel of experts will offer up their picks from three 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 Charlie Rymer; editorial director Jay Coffin; 'Morning Drive' hosts Gary Williams and Erik Kuselias; contributor Win McMurry; writer for's ProGolf Talk, Ryan Ballengee; and's Rob Bolton.

In parentheses, next to the names, are the participants' 2011 points earned and ranking among the 17 Fantasy Challenge 'experts.'

Rex Hoggard

Rex Hoggard (10,294,955; 3rd)

Group A: Luke Donald: Runner-up at East Lake last year and fresh off top-5 finishes in Chicago and Boston.

Group B: Webb Simpson: Forget that this week is the rookie’s first start at East Lake. Since early August he’s finished first, T-10, first and fifth. See the trend?

Group C: Gary Woodland: Needs a big week if he’s going to draw the attention of Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples.    

Randall Mell

Randall Mell (9,219,243; 8th)

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Group B: ???: ???

Group C: ???: ???    

Charlie Rymer

Charlie Rymer (9,571,508; 5th)

Group A: Luke Donald: Was in the mix last year and this year he brings home all the bacon.

Group B: David Toms: Atlanta has been kind to Toms and he should feel very comfortable on the Bermuda greens.

Group C: Mark Wilson: Played great early last week. A win at East Lake would bookend the best year of his career.

John Hawkins

John Hawkins (8,879,178; 9th)

Group A: Luke Donald: A win gets him in the Player of the Year picture and a whole bunch more.

Group B: Webb Simpson: The best and hottest player from this group.

Group C: John Senden: My wife likes him and that is good enough for me this week.

Jay Coffin

Jay Coffin (13,394,707; 2nd)

Group A: Luke Donald: He's been the most consistent player this year and there is no reason to believe it won't continue.

Group B: Webb Simpson: He's been the best player in recent months and there is no reason to believe it won't continue.

Group C: Bo Van Pelt: Let's be hones: this is BVP's tournament to lose. 

Gary Williams

Gary Williams (9,480,686; 6th)

Group A: Luke Donald: How can you not pick the No. 1 player in the world?

Group B: Webb Simpson: Don't see his great form trailing off this week.

Group C: Charles Howell III: May be the happiest person in the field this week as he made his way back to East Lake and also the Masters in 2012. 

Erik Kuselias

Erik Kuselias (???; ??)

Group A: Luke Donald: He controls his own destiny this week and could cap off a stellar season with a win.

Group B: Webb Simpson: FedEx Cup leader needs one more great week to claim the big prize.

Group C: Bill Haas: Needs to great finish to convince U.S. captain Fred Couples to take him as a Presidents Cup wildcard. 

Win McMurry

 Win McMurry (15,129,310; 1st)

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Group B: ???: ???

Group C: ???: ??? 

Ryan Ballengee

Ryan Ballengee (???; ???)

Group A: Luke Donald: Was second here a year ago. Told me he needs to get his driver straightened out, but that shouldn't be a problem.

Group B: Geoff Ogilvy: He's a streaky player and is coming off a good performance in Chicago.

Group C: Vijay Singh: Didn't play well last week, but Cog Hill doesn't fit his eye. East Lake, however, does. 

Rob Bolton

Rob Bolton (10,207,932; 4th)

Group A: Luke Donald: Last year’s runner-up leads the PGA Tour in adjusted scoring and bogey avoidance.

Group B: Webb Simpson: Tour leader in the all-around ranking for the last three months; finished fifth at the BMW, his fourth straight top-10.

Group C: Chez Reavie: Investing in a calculated flier in our final event. Top-10s in three of last four starts. A ball-striker’s ball-striker.

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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.

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.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

Article: Video, images from Tiger, DJ's round with Trump

Article: After DJ and Tiger, Trump plays golf with Jack

Rory faces criticism

Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'

President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

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

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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