After Further Review: Will Tiger take Player's advice?

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 Gary Player's offer to "fix" Tiger Woods in just one hour, the Inbee Park-Stacy lewis rivalry that was once again on display in Taiwan and Dustin Johnson's absence from the PGA Tour.


What is it about Tiger Woods that makes some of the game's biggest names not only believe he needs fixing, but that a few minutes is all they'd need to fix him themselves?

Gary Player added his name this week to a growing list that includes Lee Trevino, Paul Azinger and others. In an interview with Yahoo! Sports, the Black Knight suggested an hour-long sitdown would be the impetus to add to Woods' stalled major championship total.

All of which leaves Woods with two choices: He can take up these legends on their offers and prove them right or wrong, or he can continue tacking articles to an ever-growing bulletin board filled with quotes from those who doubt his current path.

Unless you haven't been paying attention these last two decades, it shouldn't come as a surprise that he'll undoubtedly pick the latter option. – Jason Sobel


Inbee Park and Stacy Lewis seem determined to put an exclamation point on a terrific season for the LPGA. How often do we actually get to see players ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the world duel in Sunday finishes? The duo treated fans of the women’s game to just that with Park winning Sunday at the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship to set up a potentially electric finish to the year with both players in heated battles for some of game’s biggest prizes. Their duel now extends to season-long awards with just three tour events left in 2014.

Park overtook Lewis for the Rolex No. 1 ranking just days before winning in Taiwan, but they aren’t just 1-2 in world ranking points. They’re 1-2 in the competition for every meaningful award left to be claimed this season, with Lewis still having the upper hand in those other battles. Lewis is first in Rolex Player of the Year points, in Race to the CME Globe points, in the Vare Trophy competition for low scoring average and in official money winnings. Park is second but narrowing the gap in every one of those races. In a year filled with compelling storylines, Park and Lewis seem poised to take the drama to the last putt of the season. – Randall Mell


There was a school of thought that suggested golf was at its best when Phil Mickelson was at his best. For more than a decade Tiger Woods dominated the game with ruthless flawlessness, but on a precious few occasions Woods was challenged by Lefty, like at the 2005 Ford Championship when the two went toe-to-toe on Sunday at Doral. The same can now be said for Stacy Lewis and Inbee Park. On Sunday at the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship, the world’s Nos. 1 and 2 - Park and Lewis respectively - enjoyed such a head-to-head; and women’s golf was at its best. – Rex Hoggard


The interview schedule at the WGC-HSBC Champions might be a little light this week, what with no defending champion. It’s been 12 months since Dustin Johnson left China with the trophy, and it’s been three months since he last played on the PGA Tour. When Johnson announced his leave of absence, which was followed by a report of a drug suspension that both he and the Tour subsequently denied, this week’s lack of a title defense was forecast as an understandably high point of awkwardness.

Johnson’s return to action remains unknown, though there appears to be a chance that fiancée Paulina Gretzky will give birth to their first child before he tees it up again in competition. At least there’s one silver lining for him during his sabbatical: thanks to the quirks of the OWGR, Johnson has moved up from 17th to 15th while his clubs have been collecting dust. – Will Gray

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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...


2017 Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia


And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.


Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

Win No. 1: Title defense at the CIMB Classic

Article: Thomas (64) rallies to defend CIMB title


Win Nos. 2 and 3: The Hawaiian double

Article: Thomas refuses to let disastrous hole derail TOC win

Article: Worst week ever ends with another title at Sony Open


Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open

Article: Thomas becomes youngest player to shoot 59

Take a look: Thomas’ scorecard from his amazing 59


Record Round No. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open

Article: Thomas sets U.S. Open record with 9-under 63


Temporary Slide: Open MC makes it three in a row

Watch: Thomas loses club, makes 9, misses Open cut


Mr. Major (and win No. 4): PGA champ at Quail Hollow

Article: Thomas joins the club – the major club


Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship

Article: Thomas wins the battle of buddies over Spieth


The $10 Million Man: FedExCup champ


Biggest Win of All? Player of the Year


And One to Grow On: Wins at CJ Cup in 2017-18 season

Article: Thomas caps torrid 12-month run with CJ Cup win


Photo Galleries: Best of ...

Best of: Justin Thomas and Jillian Wisniewski

Best of: Justin Thomas through the years

Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.