You Oughta Know: Spieth picking up where he left off

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 8, 2016, 12:04 am

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jordan Spieth continued his Augusta National magic, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy were all over the map while Bubba Watson, Adam Scott and Rickie Fowler essentially shot themselves out of the tournament. Here are things You Oughta Know after the first round of the 80th Masters:

 The last 10 Masters winners opened with the first round under par. Each of the last 10 winners were inside the top 10 after the first round and each of the last 10 were either at or within four shots of the lead after Round 1.

• The first-round leader/co-leader has won the Masters 16 of the previous 79 events. Spieth and Trevor Immelman (2008) are the only players since 1985 to go wire-to-wire in victory.

• The last eight winners of the Masters have opened with a round in the 60s. Tiger Woods in 2005 is the only winner in the last 15 years to shoot an over-par opening round.

 Spieth has played nine rounds as a professional in the Masters. He’s at least shared the lead in six rounds, eight of the nine rounds have been under par and he’s a combined 29 under par. In Tiger Woods’ first nine rounds as a pro he led after three of them, had six rounds under par and was a combined 21 under par.

 Spieth has been under par on the first nine holes in all nine career rounds at Augusta National and it was his second career bogey-free round.

 Shane Lowry shot 68 and is tied for second place with Danny Lee. This was Lowry’s first under-par round in three attempts. His best finish in a major is a ninth-place tie twice. He hasn’t recorded a top-30 finish in any of his last five worldwide starts.

 Danny Lee’s 68 ties his lowest career round in any major. He shot 68 in the first round of last year’s PGA Championship. Lee missed the cut in his only other Masters start in 2009.

 Justin Rose, who tied for second place with Phil Mickelson at last year’s Masters, shot 69. Seven of his last eight Masters rounds have been under par. Fifteen of his last 19 major rounds have been under par.

• Sergio Garcia shot 69 and this is the fourth time in six years that he’s opened with a round in the 60s. He has 20 career top-10 major finishes by has only finished inside the top-five in the Masters once.

• Rory McIlroy shot 70. This is his seventh consecutive round under par at Augusta National and it’s the sixth straight year he opened the tournament with a round of par or better.

Note: Golf Channel’s editorial research unit contributed to this report.

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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