By the numbers: Key stats from Grace's Heritage win

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 17, 2016, 11:00 pm

Branden Grace fired a final-round 66 at Harbour Town to win his first PGA Tour event. Here are the key stats from the final round at the RBC Heritage. Stats provided by the Golf Channel research department.

Branden Grace

• First career PGA Tour win; 11th career win worldwide

• 66 on Sunday; lowest career final round in any PGA Tour event

• Led field in par 4 scoring

• Second in field in proximity to hole around green

• Was 4 under on front nine Sunday (Even previous two days combined)

• Was three shots back entering final round

• Fifth time in last six years winner at Heritage was trailing by four shots or more through 54 holes

• Second win in last seven worldwide starts (Qatar Masters)

• Projected to move to 11th in World Ranking

• Career high is 10th in OWGR (reached earlier this year)

• First player from South Africa to win RBC Heritage

• Sixth international player to earn first PGA Tour win at Harbour Town

• Went 5-0-0 at 2015 Presidents Cup (fifth player all-time to do that)

• Fourth top-5 finish in nine worldwide starts in 2016

Luke Donald

• Sixth career top-3 finish at RBC Heritage (0 wins)

• Most such finishes of any player over last 20 years

• 2-for-10 converting 54-hole leads/shares in career on PGA Tour

• Third time since 2011 he has held 54-hole lead/share at this event

• Did not go on to win in any of those three instances

• Has not converted 54-hole lead on PGA Tour since 2006 Honda Classic

• 62nd start since last worldwide win (2013 Dunlop Phoenix)

Bryson DeChambeau

• 68 in final round; his best round of the week

• First in field in strokes gained tee-to-green

• Made 100 feet of putts Sunday (his previous high was 48 feet)

• Best pro debut among five players to win U.S. Am/NCAA in same year

• Other four to do it are Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Ryan Moore

• Has six more sponsor’s exemptions to make total of $747,899

• Will play in Valero Texas Open next week in San Antonio

• Top-10 this week means Texas Open will not count against six remaining exemptions

Jason Day

• 3-under 68 in final round; 11-shot improvement from Saturday

• 79 in third round was worst weekend round of PGA Tour career

• One bogey on Sunday (nine bogeys or worse in third round)

Russell Knox

• 67 in final round; only bogey of round came at No. 12

• Sixth career top-5 finish on PGA Tour (all since 2014)

• 16-for-16 on putts inside 10 feet in final round


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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.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

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.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

Article: Video, images from Tiger, DJ's round with Trump

Article: After DJ and Tiger, Trump plays golf with Jack

Rory faces criticism

Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'

President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

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

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

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

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


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

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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

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.