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Stock Watch: DJ-Spieth add spark to playoffs

By Ryan LavnerAugust 29, 2017, 12:15 pm

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


DJ (+9%): No victory epitomized the completeness of Johnson’s game like his gritty comeback at The Northern Trust, where he relied on his nuclear driver, yes, but also his improved wedge play and clutch putting. He’s world No. 1 for a reason.

Sung-Hyun Park (+5%): She doesn’t appear to move the needle here in the States, but the 23-year-old South Korean could become the first player since Nancy Lopez to sweep both the LPGA’s player and rookie of the year awards.

Jon Rahm (+4%): A pro for 14 months, Rahmbo is No. 5 in the world (with just 31 counting events), a winner on both the PGA and European tours, and now a serious contender for the FedExCup title.

Julian Suri (+3%): The former Duke standout is the third American to win on both on the European and Challenge tours, following Brooks Koepka and Peter Uihlein. After ending last year as the 1,137th-ranked player in the world, Suri, 26, is all the way up to 109th.

PGA Tour Player of the Year (+2%): There’s little doubt that the playoffs lack the sizzle of the majors, but at least the POY race is heating up. With three events to go, it’s a three-man race, with Justin Thomas the slight frontrunner and DJ and Jordan Spieth each with plenty to gain over the next few weeks.

Spieth (+1%): Yes, he coughed up a five-shot lead, but there won’t be much scar tissue from this one. He just got beat, period.

FALLING Tour volunteers (-1%): In the final group at the Tour regular-season finale, Keith Mitchell was told that he needed an eagle, not a birdie, on the par-5 finishing hole to earn his Tour card. He wound up making par and finishing 26th on the money list. The good news? With three consecutive top-11s, he’s a strong bet to grab one of the 25 cards available via the Tour Finals.

Rickie (-2%): Now 0-for-6 with at least a share of the 36-hole lead on Tour, Fowler got steamrolled by Spieth during a Saturday 74. This has been the best statistical year of his career, and yet he has only one victory to show for it.

Criticism of Glen Oaks’ 18th (-3%): It’s a terrible hole ... for average-length hitters. Distance is an advantage at every course, and Johnson took advantage with a prodigious (and, lest we forget, perfectly placed) drive in the playoff to set up the decisive birdie.

Phil (-5%): When Mickelson said that he needed to show U.S. Presidents Cup captain Steve Stricker “something” to warrant a wildcard selection, he probably didn’t have in mind a tie for 54th at the playoff opener, which included a birdie-free final round. Oy.

Michelle Wie (-7%): Her stretch of bad luck continues, as she needed an emergency appendectomy over the weekend that likely will cost her a spot in the final women’s major of the year.

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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.