Stock Watch: Garcia on the rise; Lefty's back

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 28, 2014, 5:31 pm

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

RISING

Sergio (+10%): His major prospects might hinge on whether he can stay in a relationship with his new lady friend. It seems when he’s happy and in love off the course, he’s exponentially more dangerous on it.  

LPGA (+8%): It was a home-run opener for the tour, with Jessica Korda – another vivacious young player on a circuit chock full of them – holding off a star-studded field. The tour’s stock is skyrocketing.  

Scott Stallings (+6%): Don’t look now, but the 28-year-old joined elite company last week at Torrey as one of only six players under the age of 30 with at least three Tour wins.

Dubai (+4%): So much for maintaining a normal sleep schedule this week. A rusty Tiger and rejuvenated Rory, together, are must-see, early-season TV. (On-air coverage begins at 10:30 p.m. ET Wednesday. Hey, I’m a company man.)

Hank Haney (+2%): Guess it didn’t take long for the former famous swing instructor to find his groove as a radio host. On his new SiriusXM show he’s already taken shots at Tiger, for being too muscle-bound, and Nick Faldo, for being unprepared on TV. His honest takes are refreshing.

FALLING

Tiger (-3%): His first career MDF – on a course that he has owned, no less – only underscores the point that the game’s ultimate winner is more erratic than ever. Which means he’ll probably win this week.

Jordan Spieth (-5%): The Education of a Wunderkind continued at Torrey, where his 75-75 weekend on a bum ankle erased memories of his sensational 63 alongside the world No. 1. A little scar tissue, though, will make the victories even prettier.

Torrey Pines (-6%): The redone muni was a monotonous snooze-fest with brutal length, wedge-out rough and rock-hard greens – in other words, it was perfect for a U.S. Open, not a January tune-up. With every tournament effectively in a constant recruiting war, this year’s event did little to help boost the 2015 field.

Walking wounded (-7%): Twelve players on major medicals are teeing it up in Phoenix, thus bumping out the top 10 from last week’s event and players such as Web.com grad Michael Putnam, who are supposedly fully eligible. Even worse timing: It comes on the heels of a report that players are feigning injuries to stay on tour. Yikes.

Phil (-8%): This probably wasn’t what the arthritic 43-year-old meant when he said he’s scaling back his schedule in 2014. So durable for much of his pro career (only four WDs), he now faces uncertainty with a creaky back in arguably the most important year of his career. 

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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

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