Power Rankings: Deutsche Bank Championship

By Will GrayAugust 27, 2013, 8:03 pm

This week, the FedEx Cup Playoffs begin their second leg as TPC Boston hosts the Deutsche Bank Championship. The top 100 players remaining in the FedEx Cup race will need to remain aggressive on a course expected to yield low scores, with only the top 70 players advancing to next month's BMW Championship.

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Rory McIlroy returns to defend the title he won by one shot in a shootout last year over Louis Oosthuizen. Here are 10 players to watch this week in New England:

1. Adam Scott: Fresh off his win in New Jersey, the new world No. 2 heads to a course where he has finished inside the top eight each of the last three years. The Aussie won the inaugural edition of this event in 2003 and has broken 70 in 10 of his last 12 competitive rounds at TPC Boston.

2. Tiger Woods: Assuming his back is healthy enough to let him play, Woods will likely be a force this week in Norton. A winner here in 2006, Woods was also co-runner-up in both 2004 and 2007 and has finished T-11 or better in each of his last four starts in this event. Coming off his tie for second at Liberty National, there's reason to think that trend will continue should his body hold up for 72 holes.

3. Justin Rose: Rose's tie for second last week was his best result since his U.S. Open triumph in June. The Englishman now heads to TPC Boston ranked second on Tour in total driving and third in scoring average, appearing poised to break out of a recent drought in this event that dates back to his tie for fourth in 2006.

4. Rory McIlroy: Though his 2013 season has not gone according to plan, McIlroy demonstrated last year that TPC Boston is a venue upon which he can thrive. The Ulsterman backed up his T-8 finish at Oak Hill with a tie for 19th last week and has begun to demonstrate some consistency, having carded 12 straight rounds of 72 or better since missing the cut at the British Open.

5. Brandt Snedeker: The reigning FedEx Cup champ missed the cut in New Jersey but clearly feels comfortable at TPC Boston, with three straight top-six finishes in this event. Arguably the best putter on Tour, Snedeker should remain on the short list of potential favorites any time a venue requires birdies in bunches, as is the case this week in Massachusetts.

6. Phil Mickelson: Though his Sunday rally at Liberty National fell just short, Mickelson's closing 65 gives him ample momentum heading into this week's event. The reigning Open champion leads the Tour in birdie average and has considerable success at TPC Boston, with top-10 finishes in each of the past two years to go along with his win in 2007.

7. Zach Johnson: Having skipped last week's event, Johnson will look to continue a streak of five straight top-10 finishes that dates back to the John Deere Classic last month. The former Masters champ has made a considerable late-season surge, one that he will need to maintain in order to hold on to his current position in the Presidents Cup standings (10th) during the final week of qualification.

8. Henrik Stenson: Though he faded over the weekend after an opening 65 at Liberty National, Stenson remains one of the hottest golfers on Tour, with four top-three finishes in his last five worldwide starts. The Swede currently leads the Tour in GIR percentage while ranking third in total driving and fourth in scoring average.

9. Jim Furyk: Furyk's tie for sixth in New Jersey was his fourth straight top-10 finish, a streak that includes his near-miss at the PGA Championship. With eyes on making the Presidents Cup roster, Furyk tees it up this week on a course where he has finished T-13 or better four of the last five years.

10. Jordan Spieth: Though he's 26th in the U.S. Presidents Cup standings, Spieth will likely look to make one last positive impression this week on Fred Couples in hopes of a captain's pick. After following up his runner-up in Greensboro with a tie for 19th at The Barclays, it's a safe bet that the Texan will extend his impressive rookie campaign with another high finish.

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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.