After Further Review: Ko, good ol' days, Riviera's 10th

By Jason Sobel, Randall Mell, Ryan LavnerFebruary 22, 2015, 9:35 pm

Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on a mature and precocious 17-year-old Lydia Ko, how golf was in the good ol' days and the par-4 10th at Riviera Country Club that gave players more than a few headaches this week.

Lydia Ko’s reign at No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings as a 17-year-old is even more impressive when you consider the nature of today’s competition. With her victory Sunday at the Women’s Australian Open, Ko pads her lead on Inbee Park, who in 2013 became the first woman in six decades to win the first three majors of the season. Park has won four majors over the last two years. Ko is also pulling away from Stacy Lewis, who swept the LPGA’s major awards last season, becoming the first American in two decades to win the Rolex Player of the Year Award, Vare Trophy and LPGA money title in the same season. With Michelle Wie finding top form last year, with Lexi Thompson winning her first major, with Suzann Pettersen always a factor and with a strong, new wave of rookies hitting the tour, Ko towers above them all in the world rankings. The throne she occupies is a special seat with so many terrific players in good form today in the women’s game. - Randall Mell


Things were much simpler back in the good ol’ days.

That’s what they say, at least – and that’s what some of the game’s greats were saying once again this week. Jack Nicklaus insisted that Tiger Woods just needs to figure out his short game on his own; Johnny Miller pointed out that pitching the ball isn’t so hard, just take it back and brush the grass; Lee Trevino maintained that Phil Mickelson should have played better golf or stayed quiet at the Ryder Cup.

Maybe they’re all right. Maybe certain aspects of the game really are just that simple and some of today’s biggest names are overcomplicating things.

Or maybe things just aren’t as simple now as they were back in the good ol’ days. - Jason Sobel


Everyone loves a good train wreck, but Riviera’s 10th hole has gone from one of the best par 4s in the world to a carnival act. It’s not every year that the L.A. gem plays so firm and fast, but a few tweaks are long overdue, starting at the green, which is in dire need of reshaping and re-contouring. 

The best holes in golf reward good shots. The 10th seems to reward good luck. The best players in the world aren’t holding the green on a well-struck 80-yard wedge shot, or a deft splash from the bunker. They’re embarrassed while hitting what should be a straightforward chip shot from short of the green. They’re reduced to playing croquet around the hole. Riviera’s 10th has long been regarded as the greatest 315-yard hole on Tour. Now, more than anything, it’s gimmicky. – Ryan Lavner

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

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.

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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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