You Oughta Know: Fowler eyeing second Wells win

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 7, 2016, 11:08 pm

Rickie Fowler posted the round of the day Saturday, a 4-under 68, to take a one-shot lead at the Wells Fargo Championship. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into Sunday at Quail Hollow, where Fowler looks to win for the second time.

• Believe it or not, this is Fowler's first 54-hole lead since 2011. A younger Fowler went 0 for 2 in first two attempts to close. Of course, he's a much different player now, one who converted a 54-hole lead into a win in Abu Dhabi earlier this year.

• After winning his first PGA Tour title at the Wells Fargo in 2012, Fowler went three years without a victory, ending that draught in dramatic fashion at the Players last year. A win tomorrow would give Fowler his fifth worldwide win in the last year and advance him to fourth in the Official World Golf Ranking.

• Some reasons Fowler's on top through 54: he leads the field in ball striking, total driving and strokes gained-tee to green. He's played his last 39 holes 9 under.

• One back, Roberto Castro will play in the final group on Sunday for the third time in his PGA Tour career. His best finish is a runner-up at the 2013 Quicken Loans NationalA win Sunday would get Castro into next week's Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, where he owns a share of the course record on both the Stadium and Valley courses.

• Just two back, Justin Rose has won at least one Tour title every year since 2010, a streak he'd continue with a win tomorrow. Said streak is the second-longest active on Tour; Dustin Johnson has won in each of the last eight seasons.

• If not for the 18th hole, it would be Rose at the top of the leaderboard. He's played the home hole 4 over this week and the rest of the golf course 11 under.

• James Hahn entered this week having missed his last eight consecutive cuts. He's now in the mixfor his second Tour title after breaking through last year at Riviera.

• The 18- and 36-hole leader Andrew Loupe is one of only two players in the top 25 on Tour in both strokes gained-putting and driving distance. The other? Dustin Johnson.

• Phil Mickelson finished with a quadruple bogey on 18 to shoot 4-over 76. Lefty put the ball in the creek left of the green, took a drop, chipped back and forth across the green and two-putted for his worst score in 918 holes played at Quail Hollow.

Information courtesy Golf Channel's Editorial Research Unit

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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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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green

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Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Trump golf properties


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Reportedly fake TIME covers

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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