McCoy ready for pro debut at FedEx St. Jude

By Will GrayJune 8, 2016, 9:22 pm

With his college career now completed, Lee McCoy is ready to start playing for pay this week at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

McCoy wrapped up his senior year at the University of Georgia with an SEC team title and an appearance at last week's NCAA Championships in Oregon. He flirted with turning pro a year ago, but starts at the Travelers Championship (missed cut) and John Deere Classic (T-69) as an amateur showed him that he wasn't quite as ready as he had hoped.

"I'm sitting here thinking to myself, 'If that's good golf, then that's not going to do it,'" McCoy told reporters Wednesday in Memphis. "Getting 69th every week isn't going to get me anywhere if that's what playing well feels like. So I came back to school and got a little bit more work in, and it seemed to be a good decision."

The results of that extra work were on full display earlier this year when McCoy took the Valspar Championship by storm, finishing T-4 after playing the final round alongside Jordan Spieth. It marked the best finish by an amateur at a non-opposite field event since Justin Rose at the 1998 Open Championship, and it showed McCoy that he is ready to compete against the game's best.

"I think playing down in Tampa and getting into the mix and playing with Jordan was a huge asset for me," he said. "Just getting to be used to that crowd and just getting to see what that was like just one time before I got out here playing for money was, it was a really big help."

McCoy will now hit the ground running, with upcoming sponsor invites at the Barracuda Championship and a return to the John Deere, although the 22-year-old indicated that he has three other as-yet-unannounced exemptions already lined up as he chases PGA Tour status for the 2016-17 season.

That quest begins this week at TPC Southwind, where McCoy will begin his professional career with Steve "Pepsi" Hale on the bag. Hale caddied for Keegan Bradley for nearly five years until the two split in April.

"We're just trying to take everything one shot at a time, keep the ball in front of you, just all the cliches really," McCoy said. "You can't think about cuts or paychecks or anything like that, which is a little bit different than what I'm used to. There's no cuts at college tournaments, and there's certainly no paychecks."

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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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Rory faces criticism

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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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Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open


Trump golf properties

Vandalism

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Finances


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

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Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up


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.