Power Rankings: Omega Dubai Desert Classic

By February 7, 2012, 4:29 pm

While the PGA Tour is at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (click here for those power rankings), the Omega Dubai Desert Classic is on the European Tour docket. The power rankings for this third event of the Middle East swing are below.

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1. Rory McIlroy: The world No. 2 is an automatic pick this week. Since last August, McIlroy has been playing the best golf in the world. He won in Dubai in 2009 and has been in the top 10 since.

2. Alvaro Quiros: Quiros is defending champion at Emirates GC and was sixth the year prior. Abu Dhabi was an aberration, so stick with the Spaniard's excellent desert record.

3. Martin Kaymer: He finished T-9 last week in Qatar and has an excellent Dubai track record, with three top-4 finishes. Don't expect another Emirates let down like in Abu Dhabi.

4. Lee Westwood: He was the runner-up here in 2010 and was in the top 15 last year. Off to a little bit of a sluggish start by Westwood standards, he still has a pair of top-20 finishes to kick off the season.

5. Robert Rock: The winner in Abu Dhabi is back for the Emirate Double. He has finished in the top 20 in each of the last two seasons, so he can bring his form across the country.

6. Thomas Bjorn: Three top-25 finishes to start the year show the 2001 Dubai Desert Classic champion could be poised for another run.

7. Miguel Angel Jimenez: The Mechanic was a winner here two years ago, and the age-defying Spaniard has only finished outside of the top 10 here twice since 2005.

8. Chris Wood: He was in the top 20 last week in Qatar and has been anchored there in the Dubai Desert Classic for the last two seasons.

9. Michael Hoey: A rising Ulsterman - and one of seemingly few without a major - Hoey had his best finish of the season (T-12) in Qatar last week. He was T-15 in Dubai last year.

10. Jose Maria Olazabal: It might seem crazy, but the Ryder Cup captain is in form to start '12. He has two top-12 finishes to begin the year, and was T-15 last year in Dubai.

You can watch complete coverage of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic Thursday-Friday on Golf Channel from 4:30AM-8:30AM ET and Saturday-Sunday from 4AM-8AM ET.

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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.

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

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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