Power Rankings: 2016 John Deere Classic

By Will GrayAugust 9, 2016, 1:15 pm

The 2016 fantasy golf season rolls right along, as the PGA Tour heads to Illinois this week for the John Deere Classic. A field of 144 players will tackle TPC Deere Run, where the winner will receive a spot in the 2017 Masters.

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Jordan Spieth won this event last year in a playoff over Tom Gillis but will not defend his title. Here are 10 players to watch in Moline:

1. Zach Johnson: Johnson is the highest-ranked player in this week's field and a clear favorite given his track record, which includes six finishes of T-3 or better at TPC Deere Run since 2009 highlighted by his win in 2012.

2. Steve Stricker: Stricker is the other player besides Johnson who has capitalized on this event, notably winning it three straight times from 2009-2011. As his fourth-place showing at Royal Troon indicates, at age 49 Stricker is still able to compete on an elite level.

3. Jon Rahm: Rahm continued his run toward a full card last week at the Travelers, where he contended early before finishing T-25. With fewer big names in the field, Rahm could win his way to PGA Tour status just as Spieth did at this event in 2013.

4. Daniel Summerhays: Summerhays booked his ticket to the Masters in surprising fashion at Baltusrol, and he followed with a T-11 finish last week. He has finished T-13 or better at the Deere each of the last three years, highlighted by a T-4 finish in 2013.

5. Kevin Na: Na has only made one appearance at this event since 2008, but it came two years ago when he finished T-13. He is the only other player besides Johnson among the OWGR top 50 in this week's field and has finished T-27 or better in each of his last four starts overall.

6. Ryan Moore: Moore played well last week at one of his favorite stops, finishing T-17 at Travelers, and this is another of his more successful stops. Moore has finished T-24 or better each of the last four years at this event, including a pair of top-10 results.

7. Jerry Kelly: After a surprising runner-up last week, don't expect Kelly to slow down. The Wisconsin native thrives in the Quad Cities, with a T-4 finish in 2013 followed by a third-place showing in 2014. Kelly's carfor next season is now secure thanks to his Travelers finish, but he may look to do one spot better this week.

8. Robert Streb: Streb stopped a mini-drought with his top-10 finish at the PGA Championship, and his consistent game has paid dividends at TPC Deere Run where he has finished inside the top 40 in each of his three trips, highlighted by a T-14 finish last year.

9. Wesley Bryan: After earning a battlefield promotion, Bryan will be looking to make the most of his two "bonus starts." That run begins this week in Illinois, where Bryan will look to maintain his momentum one week after winning his third Web.com Tour event of the year.

10. Robert Garrigus: The veteran finished T-5 last week in Connecticut, his fourth top-11 finish in his last eight starts of a resurgent season. In six trips to Moline since 2009, Garrigus has cracked the top 25 three times.

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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...

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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.