You Oughta Know: Playoffs, stars back at Bethpage

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 23, 2016, 2:00 pm

The FedEx Cup Playoffs begin this week at Bethpage Black, but that's not the only drama playing out on Long Island. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into The Barclays. Stats provided by the Golf Channel research department.

• Top 100 in points after this week qualify for Deutsche Bank Championship

• Eight players moved from outside top 100 to inside last year at The Barclays

• Average of 6.3 players per year have moved inside top 100 at The Barclays since 2009

• U.S. Ryder Cup eight automatic qualifiers clinched following play this week

• Players on the bubble include three of the four Olympians:

No. 9: J.B. Holmes
No. 10: Bubba Watson
No. 11: Matt Kuchar
No. 12: Rickie Fowler
No. 13: Scott Piercy
No. 14: Bill Haas
No. 15: Jim Furyk

• Players as low as 22nd in ranking can clinch automatic spot this week with a victory

• Tournament held at Bethpage State Park for second time (last time was in 2012; Nick Watney won)

• Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy making first worldwide start since PGA Championship

Jason Day

• Has won seven times on the PGA Tour since last year’s RBC Canadian Open. No other player has more than three wins during that span.

Jason Day: 7
Jordan Spieth: 3
Adam Scott: 2
Dustin Johnson: 2
Russell Knox: 2

• Enters the FedExCup Playoffs first in the season points standings. Three players have led the points list in the regular season and gone on to win the FedExCup:

2015: Jordan Spieth
2009: Tiger Woods
2007: Tiger Woods

• Leads the PGA Tour in several putting statistics this season, including strokes gained and average distance made.

Strokes gained: 1st
Between 10-15 feet: 1st
Outside 25 feet: 1st
Average distance made: 1st

Dustin Johnson

• Has racked up 12 top-10 finishes this season, three more than any other player:

Dustin Johnson: 12
Jason Day: 9
Matt Kuchar: 9
Patrick Reed: 9

• Finished tied for third the last time this tournament was held at Bethpage Black. It was among his best career finishes in playoff events.

2011 Barclays: Won
2010 BMW Championship: Won
2012 Barclays: T-3

Jordan Spieth

• Spieth’s strokes gained-putting rank is actually better than last season:

Putting: 9th in 2015, 4th in 2016
Tee-to-green: 4th in 2015, 18th in 2016
Around green: 7th in 2015, 7th in 2016

Rory McIlroy

• No player has gained more strokes off the tee this season on average than McIlroy:

Rory McIlroy: +1.28
Dustin Johnson: +1.09
Bubba Watson: +1.01
J.B. Holmes: +0.69

• He is 36th on the FedExCup points list entering the playoffs. That isn’t his lowest career position – he was all the way down to 49th back in 2013.

2016: 36th
2015: 9th
2014: 1st
2013: 49th
2012: 3rd

Jim Furyk

• Last seven rounds (including a 58) have been impressive:

Score to par: 27 under
G.I.R.: 86.5 percent
Approaches 15 feet and in: 39 (31 percent)

• No player has more top-10s in FedExCup Playoff history than Jim Furyk with 16:

Jim Furyk: 16
Steve Stricker: 13
Dustin Johnson: 12
Jason Day: 11
Sergio Garcia: 11

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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.

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