Kuchar grouped with Henley, Kaymer at Heritage

By Will GrayApril 12, 2017, 7:56 pm

With the season's first major in the books, all eyes turn to the South Carolina low country this week for the RBC Heritage. Here's a look at a few marquee, early-round groupings as 132 players vie to wear the plaid jacket come Sunday (all times ET):

8 a.m. Thursday, 12:40 p.m. Friday: Matt Kuchar, Russell Henley, Martin Kaymer

Kuchar's most recent PGA Tour win came here in dramatic fashion in 2014, and he now returns to Harbour Town on the heels of a T-4 finish at the Masters. He'll play the first two rounds alongside Henley, who backed up his win at the Shell Houston Open with a very solid T-11 showing at Augusta National, and Kaymer, who returns to Hilton Head after a two-year absence.

8:10 a.m. Thursday, 12:50 p.m. Friday: Graeme McDowell, Ernie Els, Luke Donald

McDowell is another former champ, having edged Webb Simpson in a playoff here in 2013 for his first win after breaking through at the 2010 U.S. Open. He has the jacket that Donald covets, as the Englishman has done everything but win this event with six top-3 finishes in the last eight years, including last year's T-2. Rounding out the group will be Els, who is making his seventh straight start here and looks to improve on last year's T-14 finish.

12:40 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. Friday: Brandt Snedeker, Davis Love III, Jim Furyk

This trio has combined for an impressive eight titles at this event, the most recent coming when Furyk topped Kevin Kisner in a playoff two years ago. He will make his first start at Harbour Town since that victory, having missed his title defense last year because of injury, and he'll do so alongside Love, a five-time champ who returned from an injury absence two weeks ago in Houston, and Snedeker, who hasn't cracked the top 10 since his 2011 triumph.

12:50 p.m. Thursday, 8:10 a.m. Friday: Branden Grace, Adam Hadwin, Marc Leishman

Grace will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time, and he'll play the first two rounds with a pair of recent winners. Hadwin earned his maiden breakthrough last month at the Valspar Championship, while Leishman followed the very next week with a come-from-behind win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational that netted him a late Masters bid.

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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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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