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

By Will GrayFebruary 5, 2013, 7:07 pm

This week, fantasy golf players return to only having one event to worry about after a stretch of two-event weeks. The PGA Tour heads back to California, this time to the Monterey Peninsula, for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, staged across some of the country's most picturesque golf courses.

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Fresh off his win last week in Phoenix, Phil Mickelson returns to defend the title he won last year with a sizzling 64 on Sunday. Here are 10 names to keep an eye on this week along the California coast:

1. Dustin Johnson: Tough not to list the defending champ on top, but DJ just barely edges him out. Twice a winner here, and outside the top-7 only once in five appearances - not to mention the near-miss at the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble. He has won more money at this event than any other during his short career.

2. Phil Mickelson: On the heels of a dominating performance in Phoenix, Lefty now heads to Pebble in search of his fifth victory at this event. If his driver remains as dependable as it was last week, he just might get it.

3. Brandt Snedeker: Mr. Silver Medal will remain near the top of the rankings until proven otherwise. Three top-3 showings in four starts this year, and the putter appears to have gotten even hotter since last fall - no small feat, considering his prowess on the greens entering 2013.

4. Hunter Mahan: Beginning to show signs of the player that dominated the early portion of the 2012 schedule. Mahan has finished T-15 and T-16 each of the last two weeks, and now returns to Pebble where he was runner-up in 2011 and finished T-15 last year.

5. Aaron Baddeley: Willing to overlook a poor weekend in Phoenix and focus on a great one the week prior, where his 68-69 at Torrey Pines was best in the field. The Aussie has also been inside the top six at Pebble each of the past two years.

6. Jimmy Walker: Has made the cut in each of his first four starts in 2013, highlighted by a T-4 finish at Torrey Pines. He's also tied for ninth in this event each of the last two years.

7. Nick Watney: After a mediocre week in Phoenix, local product Watney will look to regain the form that helped him finish T-2 at Torrey Pines. He'll have the crowds behind him, as a high finish at Pebble may help erase the pain from his 49ers' loss Sunday.

8. Tim Clark: Hasn't played here since 2010, but that resulted in a T-10 finish - one of three top 10s the South African has in six career Pebble starts. Struggled a bit since a runner-up in Hawaii, but may find his form again this week along the Pacific coastline.

9. Bob Estes: Quietly rallied with a Sunday 63 at Humana for a T-16 finish in his season debut, and has been inside the top 16 in each of three starts at Pebble since 2009, including a T-4 result four years ago.

10. Padraig Harrington: Began his 2013 season with a solid T-9 finish last week in Phoenix, and the Irishman has been inside the top 16 at Pebble three times since 2008, including a T-7 showing a year ago.

11. Vijay Singh: Rolling 11 deep this week, because if the ultimate wild card decides to tee it up, you have to include him. A winner here in 2004 to go along with three other runner-up finishes...but how much of that success must we now attribute to antler derivatives?

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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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Finances


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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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