Fantasy Island: Waste Management Open

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 1, 2011, 8:29 pm experts offer up their picks for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Each week, senior writers Rex Hoggard and Randall Mell, contributors John Hawkins and Charlie Rymer, and editorial director Jay Coffin will give 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.

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Waste Management Phoenix Open


Rex Hoggard

Rex Hoggard
Group A:
Phil Mickelson

Group B:
Bill Haas

Group C:
Gary Woodland

Lefty began Sunday with a one-stroke lead and closed with 69. Under normal circumstance that would have been more than enough, but he discovered you can’t trade birdies with a Bubba on a bomber’s course.

In consecutive weeks he’s lost in a playoff at the Bob Hope Classic and teed off in the final group at Torrey Pines on Sunday. Third time’s a charm.

Doesn’t have much history at TPC Scottsdale, but bombers seem to do well in the Arizona desert (see: Holmes, J.B.) and his playoff loss at the Bob Hope Classic is a sign he’s ready to win.

Randall Mell

Randall Mell
Group A:
Phil Mickelson

Group B:
Jhonattan Vegas

Group C:
Chris Couch

No laying up this week, attack mode gets Lefty the victory.

Doubling down with Vegas on a roll.

The big man stood tall in Palm Springs, and he'll come up big in another desert.

Charlie Rymer

Charlie Rymer
 Group A:
Dustin Johnson

Group B:
J.B. Holmes

Group C:
Tommy Gainey
DJ finished well at Farmers and that may just be the spark he needs to get the season jump-started.

Holmes has been a a one-man, flame-throwing, golf-ball launching, grass-scorching, wrecking crew at this event. Why stop now?

They call him 'Two gloves' for a reason – he actually wears two gloves. And it's supposed to be cold in Phoenix this week.
John Hawkins

John Hawkins
 Group A:
Rickie Fowler

Group B:
Ryan Moore

Group C:
J.J. Henry


I can just smell that first win coming. Weird layup cost him a shot here last year.

Bad Saturday (74) killed his chances in 2010. Rarin' to go; a home game for him.

Tied for second here in 2006. A long time ago, sure, but Henry remains strong tee to green.


Jay Coffin

Jay Coffin
 Group A:
Phil Mickelson

Group B:
Ryan Moore

Group C:
Billy Mayfair


I was tempted to go with Rickie Fowler, but Lefty had too much game last week in San Diego and will be in the hunt this week.

Vegas is the sexy pick and Moore is coming off an illness but a T-14 and T-6 the last two years shows he can handle the pressure of the elements.

He’s played here every year for the last 20 years. Here’s hoping he can find a little magic just one more time around these stomping grounds.


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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