What We Learned: World Cup, LPGA Finale

By Jason Sobel, Rex Hoggard, Ryan LavnerNovember 24, 2013, 11:00 pm

Each week, GolfChannel.com offers thoughts on 'what we learned' from the world of golf. This week, our writers weigh in on the heartwarming and heroic World Cup of Golf win by Jason Day in his native Australia, just days after learning that eight family members died in Typhoon Haiyan, and the LPGA's season-ending CME Group Titleholders.


November used to be the month that included a professional tournament at Disney World. That run ended this year, but apparently Australia is carrying on its motto, "Where Dreams Come True." National hero Adam Scott has already won the first two legs of the Aussie triple crown. Jarrod Lyle returned in a stirring comeback after a second bout with leukemia. Now comes the story of Jason Day, which may not fit that slogan perfectly, but was a terrific display of triumph in the face of tragedy. Just days after learning that eight family members, including his grandmother, died in Typhoon Haiyan, he won the World Cup of Golf in his native land with other family members on hand. For a player who has so quickly risen through the elite ranks, wins have been hard to come by. In the three-and-a-half years since his last individual W, he posted a half-dozen top 10s at majors, including three runner-up finishes. That this win follows a family tragedy fits the Disney script, which is nothing new in Australia. – Jason Sobel


Jason Day is tougher than some in professional golf’s inner circle thought he was. Less than a week after being told that eight of his relatives, including his grandmother, had died in the Philippines during Typhoon Haiyan, the Australian led the home team to victory at the World Cup of Golf. Day won the individual portion of the competition by two strokes, and partner Adam Scott continued his torrid run by finishing alone in third place to secure the team title. – Rex Hoggard


 LPGA commissioner Mike Whan deserves recognition for his hard work rebuilding this tour. The women’s stock is up. Whan announced a 2014 schedule that will feature 10 more tournaments than the tour had just three years ago. The prize money is up $16 million in that time span. There’s also a lot more television coverage than there was three years ago. It’s all helping showcase a growing stable of stars in all the right places. South Korea, a hotbed of women’s golf, is home to Inbee Park, the Rolex world No. 1 and the tour’s Player of the Year. China, an emerging new golf market, has a bonafide world-class player in Shanshan Feng to root for. Norway’s Suzann Pettersen gives Europe a big star and potential No. 1 player. On the home front, Stacy Lewis is winning awards Americans haven’t claimed in two decades. Plus, there’s rising young stars in New Zealand’s Lydia Ko and American Lexi Thompson. The LPGA is ending 2013 on a terrific note. – Randall Mell


 The LPGA’s season finale had Natalie Gulbis, Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, Michelle Wie and Inbee Park all near the top of the leaderboard … but it still lacked the kind of drama befitting the final event of the year. That’s because the women’s tour could use a finishing kick like the FedEx Cup, Web.com Tour Finals or European Tour Final Series. Hey, I never thought I’d type those words, either. For all of the criticisms of those end-of-season series, they still produce drama in a final event that is otherwise just another stroke-play tournament with a big purse. Like the other tour heads, Mike Whan would be wise to create a new playoff system (match play, anyone?) – and begin it soon. – Ryan Lavner

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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 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.


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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

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