Putting to parenting: A year of 'transition' for Scott

By Mercer BaggsDecember 2, 2015, 7:44 pm

NASSAU, Bahamas – Transition. After a great deal of thought, that’s the one word Adam Scott used to describe his, thus-far, winless year.

It’s been more, however, than just a shift away from the anchored stroke.

“I changed caddies starting the year out. I did tinker a little bit with equipment wise as far as shafts and combinations and ball and driver. So there were a few things,” Scott said Wednesday at the Hero World Challenge.

“Obviously then the putter, having to decide when to make that change this year and think about that. So that's kind of where I said transition. It took me a while to kind of get settled with all that stuff and fall back into any kind of rhythm with it all. It may or may not have been a good idea, but I feel like it's in a good spot now and starting to get some momentum going into next year, which I think is important for where I'm at.”

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Scott and his wife, Marie Kozjar, also had a baby in February, daughter Bo Vera. He was reticent to bring up his personal life when discussing his on-course struggles this year. But when prodded, he was quick to mention that he’s not using his expanded family as an excuse for sub-standard play.

“Obviously that's a change,” he said, “but I'm going to draw the line at blaming any average play on having a child, that's a bit rough.”

The 35-year-old husband and father was asked if he was able to match the intensity and focus of someone single and with no kids. Someone like world No. 1 Jordan Spieth.

“Yeah, absolutely, but I have to make some adjustments and I didn't know how things were going to play out, so I've been – I've tried to be very patient with balancing being a father and having a family and playing the Tour and trying to figure out how I'm going to do that my best so that I bring that intensity like Jordan does and I feel like I have in the past as well,” Scott said.

“It's certainly a huge change to your routines and everything, but I think nine months in and tried a few things here and there, it will all settle down and work well going into next year. I mean, lots of guys have played very successfully with kids, so I don't see that holding me back.”

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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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Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

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Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

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

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Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

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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

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Pros comment on the president

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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.