Power Rankings: Waste Management Phoenix Open

By January 31, 2012, 7:00 pm

The PGA Tour moves to Arizona this week for the first time in 2012. TPC Scottsdale and its famous - or infamous - par-3 16th are the stage opposite the Super Bowl, and below are our power rankings for the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Meanwhile, the Commercialbank Qatar Masters is taking place on the European Tour docket. Click here to view our power rankings for the second event of the Middle East swing.

After taking a look at our picks for the week, tweet yours using the hashtag #GCFantasy and follow me @RyanBallengeeGC. Also be sure to join the Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge to test yourself against our panel of experts, including defending champion Win McMurry.

1. Rickie Fowler: Fowler finished second in Phoenix in 2010, nearly winning his first PGA Tour event. Now armed with his first pro win and a T-13 to start 2012, Fowler could break out any week now.

2. Brandt Snedeker: Snedeker took advantage of a difficult situation to win at Torrey Pines, backing up his T-8 to start the year at the Humana. In five Phoenix starts, he has two top-10 finishes.

3. Mark Wilson: The defending champion in Phoenix already has a win this year, so a good finish in this setting seems likely as well.

4. D.A. Points: He went T-12 and T-6 in Hawaii and finished T-8 last week. Points is having one of the best starts to the 2012 campaign of any player in the world.

5. Bill Haas: Off to a great start in '12, Haas finished fourth last week. He has just one Phoenix top-10, however, which is a question mark.

6. Martin Laird: Laird began the year as runner-up at Kapalua and a top-15 at the Humana Challenge has him in good form. He was T-3 here last year, just out of the Monday playoff.

7. John Rollins: Rollins was third last week at Torrey Pines,ranking T-2 in birdies made. He hasn't missed the cut in Phoenix, datingback nine consecutive starts. He should make a good check this week.

8. Gary Woodland: He has made the big switch to Butch Harmon,but Woodland's athleticism can help him on a track notorious forallowing long drives. He was T-5 last season in Phoenix.

9. J.B. Holmes: This is a great place for Holmes to feel athome. His only two Tour wins are here - in even-numbered years (2006,'08). Holmes will feel good vibes as he gets back in the zone.

10. Chris Couch: It might sound crazy, but Couch has an excellent record in Phoenix. He has finished eighth and fourth here in each of the last two years.

You can watch complete coverage of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Thursday-Friday live on Golf Channel from 4PM-7PM ET.

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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.