Fantasy Island: The Heritage

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 19, 2011, 4:12 pm

GolfChannel.com experts offer up their picks for the the Heritage. 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 and Randall Mell; contributors John Hawkins and Charlie Rymer; editorial director Jay Coffin; 'Morning Drive' hosts Gary Williams and Erik Kuselias; contributor Win McMurry; writer for NBCSports.com's ProGolf Talk, Ryan Ballengee; and RotoWorld.com's Rob Bolton.

The Heritage

*Ranking among the 16 GolfChannel.com experts

Rex Hoggard

Rex Hoggard
Score (Rank*)
4,008,797 (6)
Group A:
Luke Donald

Group B:
Brandt Snedeker

Group C:
Boo Weekley

He’s the highest-ranked player in the field (third), hasn’t finished outside the top 10 in his last four PGA Tour starts (including a T-4 at the Masters) and has finished tied for third and second the last two years at The Heritage. In other words, an easy pick.

An untimely cool putter coming down the stretch last week in Texas cost him, but he’s healthy, happy at home with his new baby and hitting the ball further than he ever has.

The “Man from Milton” is off to a rough start this season (four missed cuts and a withdrawal), but if anywhere can rekindle his inner ballstriker it is Harbour Town, where he’s a two-time champion.

Randall Mell

Randall Mell
Score (Rank)
2,530,128 (15) 
Group A:
Luke Donald

Group B:
Aaron Baddeley

Group C:
Boo Weekley
He’s got the tactical smarts and iron game to decipher Pete Dye’s puzzle. Plus, you gotta like Donald's T-3 and T-2 finishes in his last two starts at Harbour Town.
 
Baddeley’s victory at Harbour Town in ‘06 and his title at Riviera earlier this season make him a good fit again this week.
 
Two victories in the event (2007-08) inspire a much needed return to better form this week.

Charlie Rymer

Charlie Rymer
Score (Rank)
3,233,210 (10) 
Group A:
Matt Kuchar

Group B:
Stewart Cink

Group C:
Cameron Tringale
Great course for Matt Kuchar...but aren't they all.

Cink just tweeted about how fun the course is and how much he likes the event. In my book there ain't nothing more fun than winning!  As Ricky Bobby said 'If you're not first you're last.'  

Tringale was close last week. Extra credit to anyone who figures out what my three picks for Hilton Head have in common.
John Hawkins

John Hawkins
Score (Rank)
3,792,751 (7) 
Group A:
Zach Johnson

Group B:
Aaron Baddeley

Group C:
Boo Weekley



This should be a very good course for him, perfect for his accuracy.

Past champ, and every time I look, he's playing well.

Site of all his glory as a Tour pro, maybe the memories will ignite something.

 

Jay Coffin

Jay Coffin
Score (Rank)
3,167,575 (11) 
Group A:
Luke Donald

Group B:
Aaron Baddeley

Group C:
Kyle Stanley

I'd have picked him this week if his record wasn't good at Hilton Head. Turns out he's recorded a T-3  and a T-2 the last two years here.

Badds hasn't finished worse than 22nd here in the past five years, including one victory. That, coupled with his form this year make him a good pick.

I've picked him twice this year and it hasn't panned out, but the dude makes birdies in doses and is too good not to contend at some point this year.

Gary Williams

Gary Williams
Score (Rank)
3,448,810 (9) 
Group A:
Rickie Fowler

Group B:
Brandt Snedeker

Group C:
Boo Weekley
Made his PGA Tour debut at Harbour Town as an amateur in 2008 and finished tied for eighth in 2010. He has two top-10s on the 2011 PGA TOUR and is ready to win.
 
While he has not had a great record at Harbour Town (best finish is T-16 in '07), he is playing great in '11 with a pair of fourth-place finishes in Tampa and San Antonio and a T-15 at Augusta National.
 
As he said Tuesday on 'Morning Drive,' Weekley is playing great and feeling great and when you have won two tartan jackets and never finished out of the top 13, how can you not pick him?

Erik Kuselias

Erik Kuselias
Score (Rank)
3,448,810 (2)
Group A:
Luke Donald

Group B:
Aaron Baddeley

Group C:
Keegan Bradley


Highest ranked player in the field (third in Official World Golf Ranking), won the 2011 WGC-Accenture Match Play, T-4 in the Masters, two top-3 finishes in the last twoyears at Harbour Town … that sums it up.
 
Won the 2011 Northern Trust Open, won the 2006 Heritage on Easter Sunday (Sunday is Easter Sunday this year), and has finished top 25 at Harbour Town in each of the last five years.
 
PGA Tour rookie has two top 10s in 11 starts, including a tie for ninth last week in San Antonio. Making his first appearance at Harbour Town, he may be the next rookie to win.

Win McMurry

Win McMurry
Score (Rank)
6,635,134 (1)
Group A:
Luke Donald

Group B:
Aaron Baddeley

Group C:
Boo Weekley

He’s off to a crazy good year. After winning the Match Play he has made top-10s in all three of his starts. Plus, he likes Hilton Head finishing T-3 and T-2 the last two years.
 
It was either Badds or Bo Van Pelt here. Going with the the guy who has a win this year and a past win at The Heritage.

I’m not sure exactly what it is about Harbour Town that brings out some of the best in Boo, but despite his season record coming in, you have to take Boo as a C pick this week based on his history at Hilton Head. His last four starts on the island: T-12, T-13, Win, Win.

Ryan Ballengee

Ryan Ballengee
Score (Rank)
820,026 (16) 
Group A:
Luke Donald

Group B:
Aaron Baddeley

Group C:
Keegan Bradley
Donald closed the Masters with a hole-out on a course on which skeptics said he couldn't contend. He finished four back as the Par 3 Contest winner, too. Harbour Town should be a breeze for him. Last two starts here: T-3 and T-2.

A past champion of this event, back when he was a Stack-and-Tilt-er, Badds returns to the Heritage in form again and already a winner on Tour in '11 at Riviera, another ball-striker's paradise.

Why not? He had his best finish since the Hope last week in San Antonio. He's slightly better than middle of the road on accuracy numbers for the year, but as long as guys in their 20s keep winning on Tour, I gotta pick one 20-something.

Rob Bolton

Rob Bolton
Score (Rank)
2,783,381 (12) 

Group A:
Luke Donald

Group B:
Aaron Baddeley

Group C:
Boo Weekley

Going with pure chalk after taking the collar last week. Top 10s in each of his last four starts. Top threes in the last two editions of this even.
 
The 2006 Heritage champ hasn’t finished outside the top 25 in five appearances. Continues to pure his irons. Shared fourth place in Houston three weeks ago.
 
Strictly a selection for course history buffs. Both of his PGA TOUR wins were at The Heritage (2007, 2008). Pair of top 15s since. Hasn’t broken par in his last eight rounds in 2011, however.

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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.


Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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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

Vandalism

Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses

Finances


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

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.