After Further Review: Wie, Kuchar, MAJ in spotlight

By Jason SobelApril 21, 2014, 2:15 am

Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on The Most Interesting Golfer In the World winning in his Champions Tour debut (only serving to make him More Interesting), Matt Kuchar breaking through for a win after a series of disappointments and the marketing opportunities open to the LPGA in light of recent events, including Michelle Wie's win on Saturday.


Miguel Angel Jimenez doesn’t win trophies; trophies win him. The amount of The Most Interesting Golfer In the World memes in the past two weeks alone have been enough to saturate an unwitting Twitter feed, but lost behind the classic mirrored shades and the constantly cool persona is the fact that Jimenez still owns plenty of game. At age 50, he won his Champions Tour debut this week by two strokes, which should come as little surprise fresh off his Masters title contention seven days earlier. He still hits a ton of fairways and greens – and while his goal of making the European Ryder Cup team might sound lofty, it’s entirely possible. Like the fine wine that Jimenez knows all too well, he’s proving that sometimes golfers also get better with age. And there’s nothing cooler than that. - Jason Sobel

Matt Kuchar proved there is no shelf life for disappointment. After coming up short at the Shell Houston Open, where he began the final round with a four-stroke lead but closed with an even-par 72 and lost a playoff to Matt Jones, and at the Masters, where he finished in the top 10 the last three years in his quest for his first major championship, Kuchar rebounded on Sunday at the RBC Heritage with a closing 64 for his first victory of the season. “He doesn’t look in the rearview mirror,” said Kuchar’s swing coach Chris O’Connell. Nor does it seem like much bothers him. - Rex Hoggard

Women’s golf is doing its best to reach beyond its niche audience and win new followers this year. LPGA commissioner Mike Whan couldn’t give his marketing department a better script to sell the tour than what they’ve got to work with now. Michelle Wie wins the Lotte Championship on Saturday, following Lexi Thompson’s victory over Wie in a duel at the Kraft Nabisco. If somebody from WWE were hired to fix tour events to heighten excitement in the women’s game, that’s what the hired gun might have come up with.

The only way the casting and scripting get more brilliantly appealing this next week is if Cheyenne Woods suddenly appears on the Swinging Skirts field list and wins with her uncle Tiger following her in the final round.

With Paula Creamer winning this year, sinking that dramatic 70-foot putt in a playoff at the HSBC, with the controversy created over Golf Digest putting Paulina Gretzky on its cover, with some angst going public over the U.S. Women’s Open following the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, the women’s game is doing quite nicely breaking beyond its traditionally tight borders. Now that Whan has rebuilt the women’s schedule, his focus is on building tour purses. If the women can build new interest with all this new publicity, he might not have to sell the idea quite so hard. The women’s game will sell itself. – Randall Mell

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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