Power Rankings: 2016 RBC Canadian Open

By Will GrayJuly 20, 2016, 2:42 pm

The 2016 fantasy golf season rolls right along, as the PGA Tour heads to Canada this week for the RBC Canadian Open. A field of 156 players will tackle Glen Abbey, which hosts the event for the eighth time since 2000.

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Jason Day won this event last year by one shot over Bubba Watson. Here are 10 players to watch in Ontario:

1. Dustin JohnsonHe led off this list last week, and there's no reason to bump him after a very respectable T-9 finish in Scotland. Johnson remains one of, if not the hottest player on the planet and should find more success this week.

2. Jason Day: The defending champ returns to the tournament that sparked his torrid run through the back half of last season. With plenty of good memories from Glen Abbey, he should once again be able to lean on his driver like he did a year ago.

3. Matt Kuchar: Kuchar will be heading to Rio in a couple weeks, and he's on a bit of a heater with top-6 finishes in five of his last seven starts. He also was a runner-up at Glen Abbey in 2013 and finished T-7 there a year ago.

4. Jim Furyk: Furyk went back-to-back at this event in 2006 and 2007, albeit at different courses, but his Glen Abbey experience also includes a T-4 finish last year and a T-9 result in 2013. 

5. Brandt Snedeker: Snedeker won this event at Glen Abbey in 2013 when Hunter Mahan withdrew with the 36-hole lead, and he also finished T-5 there in 2009. After a hot start to the year, he's again rounding into form with top-25s in three of his last four starts.

6. Emiliano Grillo: The Argentine won the first event of the season, and he has quietly strung together three top-15 finishes in his last four starts. That includes eight straight rounds of 72 or better at Firestone (T-14) and Troon (T-12).

7. Tony Finau: Finau cracked the top 20 in his debut in a major championship for the third time, having also done so last year at Chambers Bay and Whistling Straits. He won earlier this year in Puerto RIco and finished T-22 at Glen Abbey in 2015.

8. Charley Hoffman: A winner earlier this year in San Antonio, Hoffman has posted respectable finishes at this course both last year (T-7) and in 2013 (T-16). This could be the spot where he returns to his form from earlier this summer.

9. David Hearn: Hearn nearly ended the Canadian drought at this event last year, holding the 54-hole lead before finishing third. While he has yet to win on Tour, he does have top-20 finishes in three of his last five starts overall, including last week in Alabama.

10. Chris Kirk: Kirk has been a bit hit-or-miss in recent weeks, either missing the cut or contending in each of his past eight starts. There's a good chance it'll be the latter this week on a course where he finished T-21 in 2013.

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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 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.


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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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Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup


Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

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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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Trump golf properties

Vandalism

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Finances


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

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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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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