Power Rankings: 2017 Greenbrier Classic

By Will GrayJuly 5, 2017, 7:15 pm

The PGA Tour heads a little west this week for The Greenbrier Classic. A field of 156 players will tackle The Old White TPC, which was damaged last year by historic flooding.

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Danny Lee won this event in a four-man playoff when it was last held in 2015. Here are 10 names to watch in West Virginia:

1. Patrick Reed: Don't look now, but Captain America is on a bit of a tear. Reed has finished T-17 or better each of the last three weeks, highlighted by a T-5 showing at the Travelers Championship, and he cracked the top 30 at Greenbrier in 2014 and 2015.

2. Kevin Kisner: Kisner was among the four-man playoff at Greenbrier the last time the tournament was played, eliminated on the first extra hole. He returns in the midst of a strong season that already includes a win at Colonial and a T-6 finish at the Memorial, plus two other runner-up finishes earlier this year.

3. David Lingmerth: The Swede may have faded over the weekend, but don't be surprised if his name once again drifts toward the top of the leaderboard. Lingmerth has finished T-26 or better in five straight starts and six of his last seven, and his Greenbrier record includes three trips that all resulted in top-20 finishes, including two top-10s.

4. Bill Haas: Haas has been his normal reliable self of late, with four straight top-25 finishes dating back to the Dean & DeLuca Invitational. He missed the cut at Greenbrier in 2015, but he lost in a playoff back in 2011 and was also T-9 in 2013.

5. Phil Mickelson: Mickelson will be making his much-anticipated first start with a new caddie on the bag, and he'll do so against a relatively weak field this week and off a run that includes three straight top-30 finishes. Mickelson should be well-rested after skipping the U.S. Open and will look to buck a trend of three straight missed cuts here from 2011-13.

6. Tony Finau: The long-hitter has displayed an ability to thrive on some tighter tracks, notably his success this year at Innisbrook and his T-13 showing at Greenbrier last year. Finau has finished T-29 or better in four of his last five starts overall and appears on the cusp of a second PGA Tour win.

7. Danny Lee: Lee finally gets a chance to defend his title, two years after he notched his first win on Tour. He returns to West Virginia on a bit of a hot streak, with three finishes of T-6 or better over his last six starts. That includes a T-3 finish at TPC River Highlands two weeks ago, and Lee also tied for 16th at Greenbrier in 2014.

8. Keegan Bradley: The former PGA champ has started to turn things around this year, including top-10 finishes each of the last two weeks. Bradley tied for fourth at Greenbrier in 2014 and has never missed a cut here in four prior appearances, lending credence to the notion that he might contend this week for what would be his first win since 2012.

9. Webb Simpson: Simpson has won just once since his surprise U.S. Open title five years ago, but he has a history of success amid the West Virginia mountains. Simpson finished third in 2014 and also cracked the top 10 in both 2011 (T-9) and 2012 (T-7), and he tied for eighth in Connecticut two weeks ago in his most recent start.

10. J.B. Holmes: Holmes is another player who frequently makes the trip to Greenbrier, with five made cuts in six prior appearances. Each of those made cuts has led to a finish of T-27 or better, including a T-22 finish two years ago, and Holmes has made three straight cuts including a 12th-place showing at Erin Hills.

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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.