Power Rankings: RBC Heritage

By Will GrayApril 16, 2013, 6:44 pm

With the season's first major now in the rear view mirror, the PGA Tour shifts its attention to the shores of Hilton Head. Harbour Town Golf Club plays host this week to the RBC Heritage, where 144 players will look to become the next champion to don the tartan jacket.

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Carl Pettersson returns to defend the title he won last year by five shots over Zach Johnson for his fifth career PGA Tour win. Here are 10 players to watch this week along the South Carolina coastline:

1. Jim Furyk: Still looking to snap a winless streak that has reached nearly three years, Furyk returns to Hilton Head where he has four top-10 finishes since 2006, including a win in 2010. His recent play, including a tie for third in San Antonio, indicates another high finish may be in store.

2. Matt Kuchar: His record at this event is solid, though unspectacular: eight straight made cuts since 2004, with a pair of top-10 finishes. He enters off three straight top-25 finishes, though, including a tie for eighth in the season's first major.

3. Brandt Snedeker: A winner here in 2011, Snedeker tied for 17th last year in defense of his title. His strong play at Augusta shows he may be working his way back into early-season form, but questions linger about what, if any, hangover effect will exist following his near-miss at the Masters.

4. Luke Donald: Before his hiccup last year (T-37), Donald posted three straight top-three finishes at Hilton Head. Possessing arguably the best short game in golf, the Englishman is well-equipped for the small green surfaces players will encounter this week at Harbour Town. 

5. Boo Weekley: One of the best all-time examples of the old adage, 'Horses for courses.' Weekley has broken par in 18 of 24 career rounds at Harbour Town, where he claimed back-to-back titles in 2007-2008. He's finished inside the top 15 three of the past four years here as well, including a tie for sixth in 2012.

6. Jason Dufner: Having peaked around this time last year, Dufner has three top-25 finishes in his last four starts, including a T-20 finish at Augusta. He has also been inside the top 25 here each of the last two years, including last year's tie for 24th despite an opening-round 78.

7. Jason Day: After nearly claiming a green jacket Sunday, the Aussie heads to Hilton Head where he has been inside the top 25 in each of his last two appearances. That includes 2011, when he followed up a second-place showing at Augusta with a tie for ninth at Harbour Town.

8. Billy Horschel: Though it may seem like a month or more has passed since he last played, Horschel was the hottest player in golf as recently as 10 days ago. Coming off a runner-up in Houston and a tie for third in San Antonio, there's reason to think his run of solid play will continue this week.

9. Graeme McDowell: The Ulsterman is making just his second start here since 2007, having tied for 61st in 2011. He enters the week 10th on Tour in driving accuracy and 13th in strokes gained putting, indicators that his form is more likely to resemble his strong play across the Florida swing than his missed cut at the Masters.

10. Kevin Stadler: Perhaps not a household name - yet. This year, though, Stadler ranks seventh in GIR percentage and 14th in total driving, both of which should help his cause this week. He posted a solid result in his last start (T-27 in Houston) and tied for fourth here 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.

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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.

Playing with the pros

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green

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Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


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Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

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Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

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

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.