Fantasy Island: Wells Fargo Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 3, 2011, 8:03 pm

GolfChannel.com experts offer up their picks for the the Wells Fargo 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 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.

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Wells Fargo Championship

*Ranking among the 16 GolfChannel.com experts

Rex Hoggard

Rex Hoggard
Score (Rank*)
5,931,501 (2)
Group A:
Rory McIlroy

Group B:
Gary Woodland

Group C:
Joe Durant
Everyone wants to know when the young Northern Irishman will rebound from his Masters meltdown and there’s no better place than Quail Hollow, where he closed with a round-of-the-year 62 in 2010, to make a statement.

Rested since Augusta National, the big-hitting Woodland and Quail Hollow are a match made in bomber’s heaven.

The ballstriker showed signs of life last week in New Orleans (T-20) and if his putter cooperates he could surprise.

Randall Mell

Randall Mell
Score (Rank)
3,438,160 (14) 
Group A:
Phil Mickelson

Group B:
Rickie Fowler

Group C:
Matt Jones
Good finish at Quail Hollow last year (second), some good history there overall (T-7 or better five times in seven years).
 
Youth is served at Quail Hollow, see wins by Rory McIlroy, Anthony Kim and Sean O'Hair.
 
Good finish at Zurich last week (T6), good finish at Quail Hollow last year (T-10).

Charlie Rymer

Charlie Rymer
Score (Rank)
4,256,447 (9) 
Group A:
Nick Watney

Group B:
Tommy Gainey

Group C:
John Rollins
Watney played well in New Orleans. He's a good fit at Quail Hollow and he's dying to become a member of the two-win club in 2011.

Keep knocking and sooner or later they are gonna let you in.

Looked sharp in New Orleans with ball striking and it's time for him to win again.
John Hawkins

John Hawkins
Score (Rank)
4,108,483 (10) 
Group A:
Hunter Mahan

Group B:
Anthony Kim

Group C:
Davis Love III



Drives the ball straight, always a good idea at Quail Hollow.

Seems like 100 years since he won this thing, but it was, what, 2008?

Seems weird that he's down there in Group C. Can always contend.

 

Jay Coffin

Jay Coffin
Score (Rank)
4,315,777 (8) 
Group A:
Phil Mickelson

Group B:
Rickie Fowler

Group C:
Davis Love III
He's finished in the top-12 at Quail Hollow in six of the past seven years. He may not win, but the odds are that he'll be in contention Sunday afternoon.

Finished sixth here last year in his only appearance at Quail Hollow. Sooner or later the kid is going to win. . . Isn't he?

This is probably wishful thinking, but it'd be great to see DL3 have another great run, especially in his beloved state of North Carolina.

Gary Williams

Gary Williams
Score (Rank)
4,892,447 (5) 
Group A:
Nick Watney

Group B:
Bill Haas

Group C:
Trevor Immelman
Has never missed the cut at Quail Hollow and is one of hottest players on the 2011 PGA Tour.
 
This Charlotte native finished tied for fourth at Quail Hollow in 2006 and is in a great place to continue his 2011 success.
 
Lost in playoff in '06 to Jim Furyk at Quail Hollow and is continuing his recovery from injury with top-15s at Bay Hill and Augusta.

Erik Kuselias

Erik Kuselias
Score (Rank)
5,007,235 (4)
Group A:
Jim Furyk

Group B:
Geoff Ogilvy

Group C:
D.J. Trahan
It’s all or nothing for Furyk at Quail Hollow: five top-11s and two missed cuts. And since he is playing well right now, Furyk is my A pick.
 
Has never missed the cut at Quail Hollow in seven appearances and finished T-4 the last time he played in the southeast at Augusta.
 
A Clemson grad who lives in South Carolina, he's looking to improve on his T-12 finish at Bay Hill. A pair of top-14s at Quail Hollow help his chances.

Win McMurry

Win McMurry
Score (Rank)
7,427,704 (1)
Group A:
Phil Mickelson

Group B:
Rickie Fowler

Group C:
Matt Jones

Lefty loves this event. With a win already this season under his belt and his track record that includes four top-5s in seven starts (and six top-12s), he’s the man this week at Quail Hollow.
 
Charlotte has seen flashy young winners like Anthony Kim and Rory McIlroy. This would be a great scene for Rickie to also breakthrough. He finished sixth here a year ago.
 
He’s coming off a T-6 in New Orleans and was T-7 last year at Quail Hollow. Great choice for the C group.

Ryan Ballengee

Ryan Ballengee
Score (Rank)
1,650,559 (16) 
Group A:
Dustin Johnson

Group B:
Tommy Gainey

Group C:
Pat Perez
Johnson and long-time caddy Bobby Brown split and DJ gets a top-10 in South Korea? Maybe just resetting things will help Johnson get his season going again after some promise at Doral.

Seems destined for a career year at this point. While he didn't win his home state event, he still could take a tourney in one of the Carolinas.

Maybe I'm late to the Double P bandwagon, especially since he missed the cut in NOLA after consecutive top-6 finshes. But Perez is showing some promise to get on a good run.

Rob Bolton

Rob Bolton
Score (Rank)
3,530,005 (13) 

Group A:
Jim Furyk

Group B:
Martin Laird

Group C:
Brandt Jobe

Can’t overlook his record here – one win (2006), one runner-up, three other top-11s – and he’s posted top-25s in his last four starts entering the week.
 
Five top-10s in 10 starts this season, including a T-9 in his last event in San Antonio.
 
Arrives with three consecutive top-20s in tow. Ranks eighth in total driving and 26th in greens in regulation.

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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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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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Finances


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

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Reportedly fake TIME covers


Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover


Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up


Pros comment on the president

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