Power Rankings: Crowne Plaza Invitational

By Will GrayMay 21, 2013, 6:32 pm

For the second consecutive week, the PGA Tour remains in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. After a windy week at TPC Four Seasons, the game's best players shift to Fort Worth and the historic Colonial Country Club, host of this week's Crowne Plaza Invitational.

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Zach Johnson returns to defend the title he won last year over Jason Dufner, his second win at Colonial since 2010. Here are 10 players to watch this week in the Lone Star State:

1. Zach Johnson: His last four starts in Fort Worth: T-9, win, fourth, win. The defending champ clearly enjoys Colonial's narrow confines and played well in his last start at another venue where he typically plays well, tying for 19th at TPC Sawgrass.

2. Kevin Streelman: Backed into a runner-up finish at The Players Championship that served as his third consecutive top-six finish. A winner earlier this year, Streelman has now cracked the top 40 in the world and with his schedule for the year largely secure, is playing with nothing to lose. Tied for 10th at Colonial in 2011.

3. Charl Schwartzel: Had his putter been remotely cooperative, the former Masters champ likely would have won last week in Dallas. Instead he settled for third place, his sixth top-25 finish in eight starts this year on the PGA Tour. Schwartzel is currently second in scoring average and leads the Tour in three-putt avoidance.

4. Jim Furyk: A veteran with plenty of experience at Colonial, Furyk has notched four top-10 finishes here since 2003, including a runner-up showing in 2007. Among the most accurate drivers on Tour, he should have no problem finding the narrow landing areas presented off the tee this week.

5. Matt Kuchar: Solid, though unspectacular, results since a T-8 at Augusta: T-35, T-48, T-33 each of the last three weeks for the former Players champion. Kuchar has made 16 straight cuts overall, and has played the weekend in each of his six starts at Colonial, with four of the last five resulting in top-30 finishes.

6. Marc Leishman: The Aussie kept up the momentum last week in Dallas, tying for 12th on the heels of three straight top-10 finishes. He's among the hottest players on Tour right now, and another strong finish will likely be enough to keep him inside the top 60 in the world rankings and earn him a spot in the field next month at Merion.

7. Tim Clark: Among the more successful 'target golf' players on Tour, Clark was a runner-up here in both 2008 and 2009. With anchoring now outlawed by the USGA, what better week would there be for the South African to ride his long putter to victory?

8. Henrik Stenson: In the midst of a remarkable comeback season, the Swede now leads the Tour in both driving accuracy and GIR percentage. Having tied for fifth at TPC Sawgrass in his last U.S. start, Stenson is clearly in great form but will have a mediocre Colonial track record – not to mention jet lag from his appearance last week in Bulgaria – potentially working against him.

9. Ben Crane: Another player with a strong record at Colonial, having finished inside the top 10 four times since 2006, including a T-10 result last year. The 'Golf Boy' has also been playing better of late, with a pair of top-10 finishes in his last five starts overall, highlighted by a T-8 finish at TPC Sawgrass.

10. Charley Hoffman: If every event was played in Texas, Hoffman might win Player of the Year. The Las Vegas native tied for 20th in Houston, tied for third in San Antonio and last week tied for eighth in Dallas. This week he'll go for a fourth straight high finish in the Lone Star State on a course whe he was T-13 a year ago.

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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

Article: After DJ and Tiger, Trump plays golf with Jack

Rory faces criticism

Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

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.