Power Rankings: Shell Houston Open

By March 27, 2012, 3:00 pm

Just a week away from the Masters, the PGA Tour makes a brief stop in the Lone Star State for the Shell Houston Open. Redstone CC is set up to be Masters Lite, which entices many of the world's top players to descend into Houston before heading to Augusta. Phil Mickelson headlines the field of notables as the defending champion.

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1. Lee Westwood: The world No. 3 heads into the Masters under the radar, but in excellent form. Westwood has been in the top 11 here in two of the last three years.

2. Phil Mickelson: With his mind on Augusta, Mickelson still managed to win here last year. If he can picture Augusta at Redstone, he could picture a repeat victory.

3. Steve Stricker: At a great pacing with his schedule, Stricker gets Redstone. In his last five starts, he has been in the top 11 in four of them. He was T-8 in his last start at Doral.

4. Ernie Els: This is a do-or-die week for Els. He must win to get into the Masters. Beyond that, he's playing well enough to win with top-5 finishes in his last two starts.

5. Charl Schwartzel: Though he missed the cut in his last start, Schwartzel has been great this year. He was T-3 here in 2010 before dipping to T-30 last year. We know how that turned out for him.

6. Hunter Mahan: Mahan will either miss the cut or finish in the top 10. That's what he does in Houston. In his last five starts, Mahan has three top-10 finishes and two missed cuts.

7. Johnson Wagner: Coming off a T-4 finish at Bay Hill, Wagner is a past champion here (2008). He hasn't been as strong the last two years, but Wagner is playing care-free golf this week.

8. Aaron Baddeley: Badds is hit or miss at Houston, but was in the top five last year. He has been in the top 12 in his last two stroke-play starts at Riviera and Doral.

9. Ryan Moore: After a sold T-4 at the home of the King, Moore is in Houston for the first time since 2009, when he finished T-11.

10. Ben Crane: Crane has cooled since a hot start to the year, but he is clearly excited to head to Augusta. He has been in the top 25 in Houston in three of his last four appearances.

You can watch complete coverage of the Shell Houston Open Thursday-Friday on Golf Channel from 3PM-6PM 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 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.

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