You Oughta Know: 2014 Masters

By Jay CoffinApril 13, 2014, 12:45 am

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth lead the 78th Masters at 5 under par, but seven other players are within three shots of the lead. Here are some things You Oughta Know as we head into the final round at Augusta National:

• The Masters champion has played in the final pairing in 19 of the last 23 years, but it hasn’t happened in each of the last three years. Zach Johnson (2007), Charl Schwartzel (2011), Watson (2012) and Adam Scott (2013) are the four times it did not happen.

• The third-round leader or co-leader has won the Masters 41 of 77 times. Angel Cabrera was the last to do so in 2009.

• Watson and Spieth have only been paired together once in a PGA Tour event. Watson shot 71 and Spieth shot 73 during the final round of The Barclays last year.

• Art Wall in 1959 was the only player to win the Masters when not inside the top 10 after the first three rounds. He was tied for 13th.

• Jack Burke produced the largest comeback in Masters history in 1956 when he turned an eight-shot deficit into a one-shot victory over Ken Venturi.

• Watson has never held a lead in a major during the first three rounds but he’s held the second and third-round leads this week. This is his 25th major start.

• Watson has converted only one of seven third-round leads on the PGA Tour. The win came at the 2011 Zurich Classic.

• Left-handers have won five of the last 11 Masters (Watson and Mike Weir each have one win and Phil Mickelson has three).

• Tiger Woods was 21 years, 3 months and 14 days old when he won the Masters in 1997. Spieth would be 20 years, 8 months and 16 days.

• Horton Smith (1934), Gene Sarazen (1935) and Fuzzy Zoeller (1979) are the only three men to win the Masters in their first appearance. This is Spieth’s first appearance.

• Kuchar is tied for third place. His previous best position after three rounds in a major was at the 2012 Masters where he was fifth.

• Kuchar finished tied for fourth at the Texas Open and lost in a playoff last week at the Houston Open. He has six top-10 finishes in nine starts this season.

• Kuchar leads the PGA Tour with 43 top-10 finishes since the start of the 2010 season.

• If Kuchar wins the Masters, he’d join Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and Tiger Woods as players to win a major championship, The Players and a World Golf Championship.

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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.

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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.

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm