G-Mac helps Ryder candidacy with French Open win

By Ryan LavnerJuly 7, 2014, 2:42 pm

This could be the most hotly contested Ryder Cup ever – and we’re talking about just making the team.

So, each Monday, GolfChannel.com will take a look at the players who are vying for one of the 12 spots on the team. Nine players make the squad via their respective points list, and both captain Tom Watson and Paul McGinley will have three wild-card picks apiece.

AMERICANS 

The current top 12:

1. Bubba Watson, 6,828

2. Jimmy Walker, 5,379

3. Dustin Johnson, 4,844

4. Matt Kuchar, 4,716

5. Jordan Spieth, 4,547

6. Jim Furyk, 4,302

7. Rickie Fowler, 3,831

8. Jason Dufner, 3,466

9. Patrick Reed, 3,301

10. Brendon Todd, 3,177

11. Phil Mickelson, 3,095

12. Webb Simpson, 3,086

Notes: 

• There was no movement among the top 9 in the standings. 

• After a T-4 at the Greenbrier – his sixth top 20 in a row – Brendon Todd moved from No. 13 to No. 10. Just a reminder that he spent half of last season on the Web.com circuit.

• Webb Simpson’s final-round 63 gave him solo third at the Greenbrier, and a big move in the standings. He jumped from 17th to 12th

• The players who, right now, would need a captain’s pick to be on the Ryder Cup team: Phil Mickelson (11th), Harris English (14th), Zach Johnson (15th), Keegan Bradley (16th), Brandt Snedeker (28th), Hunter Mahan (35th), Steve Stricker (42nd) and Tiger Woods (72nd).

EUROPEANS 

European Points List (top 4 qualify): 

1. Victor Dubuisson, 2,490,346

2. Jamie Donaldson, 2,395,561

3. Henrik Stenson, 2,366,878

4. Thomas Bjorn, 2,264,081

5. Martin Kaymer, 1,953,042

6. Ian Poulter, 1,905,382

7. Rory McIlroy, 1,771,417

8. Joost Luiten, 1,550,520

9. Miguel Angel Jimenez, 1,504,340

10. Graeme McDowell, 1,381,140 

World Points List (top 5):

1. Henrik Stenson, 343

2. Sergio Garcia, 267

3. Rory McIlroy, 253

4. Martin Kaymer, 244

5. Justin Rose, 203

6. Thomas Bjorn, 186

7. Victor Dubuisson, 172

8. Jamie Donaldson, 162

9. Luke Donald, 156

10. Ian Poulter, 147

Notes:

• Graeme McDowell’s win in France certainly helped his Ryder Cup candidacy, but he’ll have to produce similar results in the next few months if he wants to lock up an automatic spot. His defense moved him only up to No. 10 on the European Points list, about 900,000 points behind the fourth and final automatic spot. (He is No. 12 on the World Points list.) That said, G-Mac’s good form obviously will catch the eye of captain Paul McGinley. 

• Among the Ryder Cup hopefuls in this week’s Scottish Open: Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Jonas Blixt and Stephen Gallacher.

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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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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