Report cards: U.S. Solheim Cup team

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 21, 2017, 1:10 am

Paula Creamer (3-1-0)

Paula Creamer
Grade B+

Skinny: Under fire as Inkster’s alternate, Creamer more than justified the choice. She lost her opening match, then won the next three in a row, all while fulfilling the mentor role - to Austin Ernst - that Inkster expected.


Austin Ernst (2-2-0)

Austin Ernst
Grade B-

Skinny: She put on a dynamic Saturday performance with Creamer, while winning a pair of matches that allowed the Americans to claim their largest ever lead heading into Sunday singles.


Danielle Kang (3-1-0)

Danielle Kang
Grade A

Skinny: A memorably colorful and flamboyant debut. She backed up the talk with the walk. Her clutch putting helped propel the Americans to their big lead.


Cristie Kerr (3-0-1)

Cristie Kerr
Grade A

Skinny: The oldest and still best-performing American on this team. She’s also the most productive American Solheim Cup player of all-time. Kerr just won’t back down. She drained putts all over the course and was never beaten.


Brittany Lang (2-1-0)

Brittany Lang
Grade B+

Skinny: Alongside Brittany Lincicome, she was one half of the Killer B’s that played in a Saturday fourball match that won’t soon be forgotten. One of the highlights: the wedge shot she holed from a gnarly lie for eagle on the seventh hole.


Stacy Lewis (1-3-0)

Stacy Lewis
Grade D

Skinny: Her putting often left her partner (Piller) in tough spot. Her all-time Solheim Cup record now falls to a disappointing 5-10-1.


Brittany Lincicome (2-1-0)

Brittany Lincicome
Grade B+

Skinny: See Lang. The two were an unstoppable force in both fourballs as a pair of birdie and eagle machines. Once they were separated in singles, they lost.


Gerina Piller (2-2-0)

Gerina Piller
Grade C+

Skinny: More was expected from the star of the American victory in Germany two years ago. Piller and Lewis were a power team that delivered only one point together. Piller added another point on her own Sunday.


Lizette Salas (3-1-0)

Lizette Salas
Grade A-

Skinny: She took two rookies under her wing on Day 1, won both matches, and was especially brilliant alongside Yin. She will be remembered for delivering the winning point, securing the U.S. consecutive cups.


Lexi Thompson (2-0-2)

Lexi Thompson
Grade A

Skinny: A great partner to Kerr, and Thompson put on one of the great comebacks in Solheim Cup singles history, playing a seven-hole stretch in 8 under against Nordqvist.


Michelle Wie (1-2-0)

Michelle Wie
Grade D

Skinny: She arrived in strong form but was able to deliver only one point and surprisingly spent two sessions on the bench. On Sunday, she didn’t put up much of a fight in her singles match vs. Masson.


Angel Yin (1-1-1)

Angel Yin
Grade B

Skinny: A breath of fresh air who will likely be on more Solheim Cup teams in the future. The big-hitter should team with Thompson as red, white and blue stalwarts for a long time.


Juli Inkster, Captain

Juli Inkster
Grade A+

Skinny: This group of Americans was once criticized for caring too much about themselves. But Inkster created a fun atmosphere, showed them what a real team was all about, and got them to buy into the system. Again.

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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

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

Vandalism

Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses

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

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.