Reed becomes youngest WGC winner at Doral

By Ryan LavnerMarch 9, 2014, 10:53 pm

Patrick Reed became the youngest winner of a World Golf Championships event Sunday by winning the Cadillac Championship by one shot over Bubba Watson and Jamie Donaldson. Here’s the skinny on the final round at Trump National Doral:

The leaderboard: Patrick Reed (-4); Bubba Watson and Jamie Donaldson at -3; Dustin Johnson and Richard Sterne at even par

What it means: It’s the third victory since August for Reed, who at 23 became the youngest winner of a WGC event. This is easily his most significant title, following triumphs at the Wyndham and Humana, and it puts him squarely in the conversation for this year’s U.S. Ryder Cup team. Of the current players under 25, only Rory McIlroy, with six, has more PGA Tour titles to his credit than Reed’s three. The victory should send Reed to about No. 20 in the world rankings. And to think, Reed has never even played a major.

Round of the day: Beginning the day with a two-shot lead, Reed led by as many as four before things began tightening up on the back nine. He endured a rocky stretch on the back nine by playing three superb shots out of the bunkers. On the 18th, and staked to a two-shot lead, Reed purposely laid up off the tee, wedged to 35 feet with his third shot and walked off the green with bogey and a one-shot victory. 

Best of the rest: Bubba Watson continued his recent surge with a final-round 68 and T-2 finish at Doral. In his last four starts, the 2012 Masters champion has a victory (Riviera), a pair of runners-up and another top 10. Jamie Donaldson was one shot off the lead as he played the 18th hole, but he made bogey after finding the greenside bunker. (The dropped shot cost him about $147,000.) Also questionable was his laying up on the short 16th, leading to a conservative par. He shot 70 and tied for second.   

Biggest disappointment: Starting the final round just three shots behind, Tiger Woods re-aggravated his back injury, didn’t make a birdie for just the eighth time in his pro career and plummeted off the leaderboard with a 6-over 78 that gave him a T-25 finish. A day after shooting the best round of the tournament (66), Woods made six bogeys and limped in to the clubhouse – literally. The Arnold Palmer Invitational in two weeks is Woods’ only other scheduled start before the Masters, but it is unclear if he will be physically able to compete. 

Shot of the day: Reed nearly jars a greenside bunker shot on 15, just a few moments after NBC Sports analyst Johnny Miller said, “I think the lug nuts are coming loose.” His second shot from the fairway bunker on 16 wasn’t too shabby, either. 

Quote of the day: “It’s just one of those things I believe in myself and I’m one of the top five players in the world. I feel like I’ve proven myself.” – Reed 

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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

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

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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

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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

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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.