Stock Watch: DJ gets it done; USGA gets it wrong

By Ryan LavnerJune 21, 2016, 12:38 pm

Each week on, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.


DJ (+9%): That his long-awaited major breakthrough was accompanied by drama, distractions and adversity only made it sweeter. At long last, Johnson will have a positive memory to drawn upon the next time he’s in contention to win a major (which should be very, very soon).

PGA Tour players (+6%): Nothing galvanizes notoriously selfish players like a USGA rules farce. Now that the kid gloves have come off, it’d surprise little if a blue-blazer bashing became the norm at the U.S. Open.

Sergio (+4%): With another high finish at Oakmont, Garcia seems most likely to follow DJ’s lead and shed the label of best player not to win a major, perhaps as soon as Royal Troon.

Lee Westwood (+3%): Yes, he closed with 80 and added another layer of major-championship scar tissue, but he was one of the unsung heroes on Sunday – protecting Johnson and the rest of the field against what he said was not a penalty, then scolding the USGA for interrupting the flow of the final round and causing an unnecessary distraction. Respect.

Jon Rahm (+1%): The only amateur to make the cut at the Oakmont Open, he played solidly the rest of the way for a T-23 finish. This kid is a future top-five player, and his pro career begins this week at the Quicken Loans.


Shane Lowry and Andrew Landry (-1%): How difficult is it to win your first major? The final group combined to strike the ball 154 times on Sunday.

Rory (-2%): His opening 77 at rain-softened Oakmont was the week’s biggest surprise, and then he compounded his mistakes by blowing out of town without talking to the media.

Rickie and Phil (-4%): Pop quiz: Who are the ONLY players in the top 50 who have missed the cut in the Masters, Players and U.S. Open? That’s right, these two.

USGA’s priorities (-7%): So they’re "protecting the integrity of the competition" by pencil-whipping a guy whose ball moved maybe an eighth of an inch, but they continue to promote insane green speeds and have done nothing to stop 400-yard drives. Got it.

USGA’s actions (-10%): After his charges royally botched the Johnson ruling (and then vehemently denied they did anything wrong), Mike Davis, head of the USGA, asked golf fans for a “mulligan” – ironic, of course, because after reviewing all of the convoluted decisions and lawyer-speak in the Rules of Golf … hmm … nope, sorry, it appears mulligans are not allowed. Add a stroke – or 10.

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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 Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

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