Power Rankings: 2016 Farmers Insurance Open

By Will GrayJanuary 25, 2016, 10:12 pm

The 2016 fantasy golf season is off and running, as the PGA Tour remains in California this week for the Farmers Insurance Open. A field of 156 players will tackle the North and South Courses at Torrey Pines, the latter of which hosted the 2008 U.S. Open.

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Jason Day won this event last year in a playoff over Harris English, J.B. Holmes and Scott Stallings. Here are 10 players to watch in San Diego:

1. Brandt Snedeker: The ideal match of recent form and course history. Snedeker followed his T-3 finish in Maui with a playoff loss at the Sony Open, and his record at Torrey Pines includes a third-place finish in 2007, T-2 finishes in both 2010 and 2013 and a playoff win in 2012.

2. Jason Day: The Aussie won a year ago after a runner-up finish in 2014 and a T-9 result the year prior. While he still showed signs of rust earlier this month in Kapalua, this week's burly venue should suit Day well and allow him to notch another high finish in just his second start since October.

3. Rickie Fowler: Fresh off his win in Abu Dhabi, Fowler travels to San Diego where he racked up four straight top-20 finishes from 2010-2013. While his results at Torrey have dropped off in the last two years, his recent form should prove those struggles to be more the exception than the rule.

4. Charles Howell III: Howell has quietly compiled a strong start to the wraparound season, with five straight finishes of T-17 or better. His record in San Diego is equally strong, highlighted by runner-up finishes in both 2005 and 2007 and a trio of top-10 finishes since 2010.

5. Bill Haas: Haas has been a consistent presence on Torrey Pines leaderboards in recent years, with four top-20 finishes in his last five starts and seven such results since 2005. He logged four straight rounds in the 60s last week while finishing T-9 in defense of his CareerBuilder title.

6. Patrick Reed: Stalled out in Palm Springs, but that snapped a run of seven straight top-10 finishes worldwide. While Reed hasn't played this event since a T-39 finish in 2013, he is one of the players in this week's field who should embrace the demanding test that the South Course will provide.

7. Jimmy Walker: Walker tends to play well early in the season, and he followed a T-10 finish at Hyundai with a T-13 finish at Sony. His record at Torrey Pines includes three top-10s in the last four years, highlighted by a T-4 finish in 2013 and a T-7 finish last year.

8. Justin Rose: The Englishman is making his first start of the new year at an event where he has a decent - but not spectacular - record. Rose appears ideally suited for the South Course's demands, but his best result in six appearances is a T-22 finish in 2010, so temper expectations accordingly.

9. Phil Mickelson: Like Rose, Mickelson has cause for both optimism and concern. Lefty came out of the gates with a T-3 finish last week in Palm Springs, his best result since June, and he has won this event three times. But since a runner-up in 2011 he hasn't had much success, failing to crack the top 50 in each of his last four appearances.

10. Shane Lowry: Lowry hasn't played in the U.S. since the PGA Championship, but he has a knack for taking on tough courses as demonstrated by his WGC-Bridgestone victory in August and T-9 finish at the U.S. Open. The Irishman finished T-7 last year in his Torrey Pines debut.

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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

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

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Rory faces criticism

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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

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.