After Further Review: Fowler starting to sound like Phil

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 19, 2017, 3:30 am

Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On Rickie Fowler starting to resemble another guy who took a while to break through:

Rickie Fowler is starting to sound a lot like Phil Mickelson. And that’s probably a good thing.

Fowler once again came up short of a maiden major title, shooting an even-par 72 that dropped him into a tie for fifth. He was in the spotlight seemingly from the very start of the week, when he led after a 65, and after the final round offered what might at first glance seem like a rationalization.

“You have to measure success in different ways, not just by winning, because that doesn’t happen a whole lot,” Fowler said. “I think Tiger had the best winning percentage of all time at 30 percent, and you’re lucky to even sniff close to 10. You have to kind of say, ‘Hey, it’s a major. We played well this week.’”

Fowler will certainly feel the sting of another major miss, just as he did at Hoylake and Valhalla three years ago. But his comments are reminiscent to Mickelson’s mindset after several of his close calls early in his career, when more often than not he focused on the positives and chose to look forward.

Mickelson eventually claimed his long-awaited major, then he added four more. There’s every reason to think that Fowler, still just 28, will get his soon enough. - Will Gray


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On the Johnny Miller - Justin Thomas debate of 63s:

Love him or loathe him, Johnny Miller is still 1 up.

Much was made of the polarizing analyst’s remarks Saturday that Justin Thomas’ historic 9-under 63 still paled in comparison to his legendary round at Oakmont in 1973.

Not only did Miller top Thomas in strokes gained against the field – 10.8 to 9 – but he beat the emerging star where it matters most: On the scoreboard.

Miller shot 63 and went on to win. Thomas, of course, did not, after a surprising 75 that ranked as the worst score of anyone in the top 10.

Even if he’s no longer in the record book, Miller has the edge in this ongoing debate. - Ryan Lavner


On Erin Hills identifying the week's best player, despite the record-low scores:

For all the harping about record low scores and a first-time venue that wasn’t everybody’s brand of vodka, Erin Hills proved to be a worthy U.S. Open test.

Forget those ridiculously low scores, a highlight reel that included Justin Thomas’ record round in relation to par on Saturday or Brooks Koepka’s record-tying total in relation to par, and focus instead on the outcome.

On his way to victory, Koepka ranked sixth in driving distance, first in greens in regulation, third in strokes gained: putting and second in birdie percentage. Ultimately, Erin Hills identified this week’s best player and that’s always the most telling judge of a championship course. - Rex Hoggard

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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.


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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.


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Finances


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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm