Power Rankings: 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

By Will GrayFebruary 8, 2016, 6:48 pm

The 2016 fantasy golf season rolls right along, as the PGA Tour returns to California this week for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. A field of 156 players will tackle a rotation of three different courses, culminating with Sunday's final round on the scenic shores of the Monterey Peninsula.

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Brandt Snedeker won this event last year by three shots over Nick Watney. Here are 10 players to watch in Pebble Beach:

1. Dustin Johnson: Since 2008, DJ has basically been the unofficial King of Pebble. He has teed it up at Pebble Beach nine times, including the 2010 U.S. Open, and has finished T-8 or better seven times. That includes wins at this event in both 2009 and 2010, and Johnson enters off a solid T-18 finish two weeks ago at Torrey Pines.

2. Jordan Spieth: The world No. 1 has taken a week off to rest after a globetrotting stretch, and now he returns to an event where he finished T-7 last year and T-4 the year prior. Spieth is a threat to contend anytime he steps to the tee, but he appears to have developed a comfort zone at this event and hasn't lost much steam since lapping the field in Maui.

3. Jimmy Walker: Walker is another player who has turned the Monterey Peninsula into his personal ATM, as his T-21 finish last year snapped a run of four straight top-10s at this event. That includes a convincing win in 2014 and Walker has opened the new year with three straight top-15s despite letting the trophy slip away in San Diego.

4. Brandt Snedeker: Snedeker was the beneficiary of Walker's backpedal two weeks ago, and he now looks to win at Pebble Beach for the third time in the last four years. While he cooled off somewhat last week in Phoenix, Snedeker is still riding high from a trio of top-3 finishes to start the year as equipment tweaks continue to pay dividends.

5. Jason Day: The Aussie missed the cut at Torrey while battling the flu, but if he is again healthy he will likely contend. Day has finished T-6 or better three times at Pebble Beach, including two of the last three years. With Spieth and Rory McIlroy both getting off to strong starts in the new year, Day could be motivated to re-assert his spot among the game's top tier.

6. Phil Mickelson: Mickelson continues to show signs of promise under new swing coach Andrew Getson, highlighted by his T-11 finish in Phoenix. While he still has a few loose shots each round, he seems headed in the right direction and his Pebble record includes three wins from 2005-2012.

7. J.B. Holmes: Holmes followed a T-6 finish in San Diego by replicating the result at TPC Scottsdale, giving him plenty of momentum heading into his third straight start. The bomber finished T-10 last year at Pebble and was also a runner-up back in 2010, with four top-20 results in nine starts at this event.

8. Patrick Reed: Reed hasn't played since withdrawing from Farmers because of a foot injury, but he should be back to full speed this week at Pebble Beach where he has cracked the top 30 each of the last three years. That form includes a T-7 finish in 2013, and Reed showed with a runner-up finish at Kapalua that he could be poised for a big year.

9. Bubba Watson: After creating plenty of drama with his comments in Phoenix, Watson now heads to Pebble where he hasn't played since a T-44 finish in 2007. He has top-15 finishes in each of his two starts since a win in the Bahamas in December, but it remains to be seen how well the long-hitting southpaw can adjust to the trio of courses in rotation this week.

10. Shane Lowry: The Irishman toughed out some dismal weather in San Diego (T-13), then turned around and finished T-6 in Scottsdale. He is becoming more and more comfortable playing in the U.S., as evidenced by his win last year in Akron, and Lowry finished T-21 last year in his Pebble Beach debut.

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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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Vandalism

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Finances


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

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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

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