Bubba playing with Haas, DJ at Northern Trust

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 18, 2015, 2:51 pm

The PGA Tour’s West Coast swing wraps up this week with the Northern Trust Open in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Here are four featured groups to watch at Riviera:

10:22 a.m. ET Thursday (10 tee), 3:02 p.m. Friday (1): Jordan Spieth, Sergio Garcia, Fred Couples

The 21-year-old Spieth was part of the Texas team that won the NCAA title here in 2012. In his singles match against Justin Thomas, Spieth holed an approach shot down the stretch that propelled his team to victory. Garcia is making his 2015 PGA Tour debut after limited success in two starts in the Middle East, while Couples is teeing it up at the NTO for the 33rd time.

10:32 a.m. Thursday (10 tee), 3:12 p.m. Friday (1): Jimmy Walker, Hideki Matsuyama, Harris English

Walker says Riviera is his favorite course on the PGA Tour, and it’s easy to see why when looking at his results since 2011: four consecutive top-20 finishes, including back-to-back T-4s in 2011 and ’12. Japanese star Matsuyama tied for 23rd in his debut here a year ago, and he’s coming off a missed cut two weeks ago at Torrey Pines. English was part of the four-man playoff in San Diego.

3:02 p.m. ET Thursday (1 tee), 10:22 a.m. Friday (10): Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Bill Haas 

Haas and Watson won here in 2012 and ’14, respectively, with Watson going 64-64 on the weekend last year to steal the title. At No. 3 in the world, he is the highest-ranked player in the field. He hasn’t finished worse than 10th in three official PGA Tour starts this season, including a T-2 in his most recent appearance, at the Phoenix Open. Haas has four consecutive top-25s here, but he’s on baby watch at the Riv, with his wife, Julie, expecting the couple’s second child next week. Meanwhile, this is something of a home game for Johnson, who is renting a house in LA, near future father-in-law Wayne Gretzky. DJ has top-5 finishes in three of the past five years at Riviera.

3:12 p.m. Thursday (1 tee), 10:32 a.m. Friday (10): Brandt Snedeker, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els

Snedeker is coming off an impressive victory at Pebble Beach that secured his spot in the Masters, but traditionally he has not fared well the week following a win. In his career, he has zero top-10s the week after a W. Furyk held the 54-hole lead last week, only to falter with a Sunday 74. Though he’s made the cut here every year since 2008, he has just one top 10 in the past 16 years. Els won this event back in 1999. 

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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 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.

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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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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green

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Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Reportedly fake TIME covers

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Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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Pros comment on the president

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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