Photos of the Week

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 12, 2009, 10:57 pm

Presidents Cup Team USA

 
THE GANG'S ALL HERE!: Members of the Team USA pose on stage with their wives and companions at the closing ceremonies after the USA defeated the Internationals 19.5 to 14.5 to win the Presidents Cup. (Getty Images)
Greg Norman Kangaroo Presidents Cup


CAPTAIN'S KANGAROO: Greg Norman with his daughter Morgan-Leigh and son Gregory with 9-month-old baby kangaroo 'Putter' who came from Melbourne and visited the International team cabin at the Presidents Cup. (Getty Images)

Steve Willaims Jimmy Johnson Presidents Cup

 
LET'S PLAY TWO?: Caddies Steve Williams, (L) and Jimmy Johnson walk up a fairway during a practice round prior to the start of the Presidents Cup at Harding Park. (Getty Images)
Elin Woods Presidents Cup

THEY'RE WITH THE BAND: Elin Woods and Michael Jordan's companion Yvette Prieto (left) make their way to their seats during Opening Ceremony of the Presidents Cup at Harding Park.(Getty Images)

Sean O

SOMEBODY NEEDS A HUG: Sean O'Hair reacts after missing a putt at the 14th hole during the Day 2 fourball matches at the Presidents Cup at Harding Park. (Getty Images)

Jim Furyk Justin Leonard Presidents Cup


BASIC HUGGING 101: Jim Furyk struggles to properly hug his teammate Justin Leonard following their win during Saturday foursome matches at the Presidents Cup.(Getty Images)


Michael Jordan Bill Clinton Presidents Cup

A SMOTHERING DEFENSE?: Michael Jordan poses with Former U.S. President Bill Clinton during a practice for the Presidents Cup at Harding Park  (Getty Images)


Kenny Perry Anthony Kim Presidents Cup

 
A WARM KIM-BRACE: Kenny Perry and Anthony Kim in the 18th fairway during the Day 1 foursome matches of the Presidents Cup at Harding Park. (Getty Images)



Camilo Villegas Presidents Cup

SPIDEY SNUGGLE: Camilo Villegas of the International team waits with his companion Maria Ochoa during the Day 1 foursome matches of the Presidents Cup at Harding Park Golf Course. (Getty Images)


Phil Mickelson Fred Couples Presidents Cup

 
COUPLES RETREAT: USA Team captain Fred Couples, (R) walks alongside Phil Mickelson during a practice round prior to the start of the Presidents Cup at Harding Park. (Getty Images)



Robert Allenby Vijay Singh Presidents CUp

LOVE TAPS: Vijay Singh and his partner Robert Allenby at the 15th hole during the Day 3 morning fousome matches. (Getty Images)


Barry Bonds Michael Jordan Presidents Cup

MALE BOND-ING
: Barry Bonds and Michael Jordan clown around on the practice ground during the Day 1 foursome matches. (Getty Images)


Steve Stricker Tiger Woods Presidents Cup

POWER COUPLE: Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods celebrate after Team USA defeated the Internationals 19.5 to 14.5 to win the Presidents Cup. (Getty Images)


Ernie Els Tim Clark Presidents Cup

ODD COUPLE. Ernie Els helps Tim Clark celebrate after Clark made a winning eagle putt Friday evening. (Getty Images)


Tiger Woods Presidents Cup pose

 
KING STRUT: Tiger Woods follows his second shot at the par-5 18th during the Saturday morning foursomes at the Presidents Cup at Harding Park. (Getty Images)



International team Presidents Cup

CONGO LINE: Int
ernational Team captain Greg Norman walks to the stage with (R-L) Frank Nobilo, Robert Allenby, Angel Cabrera, Tim Clark and Ernie Els during the Opening Cermonies of the Presidents Cup at Harding Park. (Getty Images)


 

Lucas Glover Presidents Cup
  
JUST FOR KICKS: Lucas Glover looks on during the Opening Ceremony of the Presidents Cup at Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco, California. (Getty Images)




Anthony Kim Presidents Cup
 
HEAVYWEIGHT BELT: Anthony Kim sports a USA belt buckle during the second round fourball matches for the Presidents Cup (Getty Images)
 
Tiger Woods Ryo Ishikawa

SYNCHRONIZED SWINGING: Tiger Woods and Ryo Ishikawa wait on the first tee during the Day 1 foursome matches of the Presidents Cup at Harding Park. (Getty Images)




Willie Mays Presidents Cup

SAY HEY!: Hall of Fame baseball player Willie Mays and Juli Ogilvy, wife of Geoff Ogilvy, pose for a photo at the first tee during the second round fourball matches for the Presidents Cup. (Getty Images)


Ernie Els Presidents Cup
 
JUST BUST A MOVE: Ernie Els shuffles his feet to avoid the ball after his shot hit the lip of the bunker on the first hole during the Day 2 fourball matches of the Presidents Cup. (Getty Images)



Fred Couples Presidents Cup
 
DANCING MACHINE: U.S. captain Fred Couples gets down with his team – Stewart Cink, Hunter Mahan and Sean O'Hair – on the 18th green during the Sunday's singles matches at the Presidents Cup. (Getty Images)

 

Elin Woods Presidents Cup

RED, WHITE AND YOU: Elin Woods (L to R), Nicki Stricker, Julie Barnett and Yvette Prieto on course during the Day 2 Fourball Matches of The Presidents Cup at Harding Park. (Getty Images)


Ryo Ishikawa Tiger Woods Presidents Cup

RYO BRAVO: Ryo Ishikawa celebrates a birdie putt on the 15th green as Tiger Woods looks on during the Saturday afternoon fourball matches. (Getty Images)
Sean O

 
PHIL-ING THE GLOVE: Sean O'Hair congratulates his partner after Phil Mickelson hit his second shot at the 16th hole close to the hole for a birdie against VIjay Singh and Tim Clark in Saturday fourball matches at the Presidents Cup, (Getty Images)

Camilo Villegas Vijay Singh
  
SINGH-PONG?: International team members Camilo Villegas, left, and Vijay Singh, right, play table tennis after their practice round for the Presidents Cup. (Getty Images)



Michael Jordan Angel Cabrera Presidents Cup

GUARD(IAN) ANGEL
: Michael Jordan hugs Angel Cabrera during the Day 3 afternoon fourball matches. (Getty Images)

Tiger Woods Y. E. Yang Presidents Cup

WATCH YOUR BACK
: Tiger Woods and Y. E. Yang during the Sunday singles matches in the Presidents Cup at Harding Park. (Getty Images)

 


Manuel De Los Santos Alfred Dunhill Links

A LEG UP: Manuel De Los Santos, 25, of the Dominican Republic during a practice round at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at the Old Course. Santos, who plays to a 3 handicap, lost his limb in a car accident when he was 18 years old. (Getty Images)
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Watch: Daly makes birdie from 18-foot-deep bunker

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 11:14 pm

John Daly on Friday somehow got up and down for birdie from the deepest bunker on the PGA Tour.

The sand to the left of the green on the 16th hole at the Stadium Course at PGA West sits 18 feet below the surface of the green.

That proved no problem for Daly, who cleared the lip three times taller than he is and then rolled in a 26-footer.

He fared just slightly better than former Speaker of the House, Tip O'Neill.

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Koepka (wrist) likely out until the Masters

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 9:08 pm

Defending U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka is expected to miss at least the next two months because of a torn tendon in his left wrist.

Koepka, who suffered a partially torn Extensor Carpi Ulnaris (ECU), is hoping to return in time for the Masters.

In a statement released by his management company, Koepka said that doctors are unsure when the injury occurred but that he first felt discomfort at the Hero World Challenge, where he finished last in the 18-man event. Playing through pain, he also finished last at the Tournament of Champions, after which he underwent a second MRI that revealed the tear.

Koepka is expected to miss the next eight to 12 weeks.

“I am frustrated that I will now not be able to play my intended schedule,” Koepka said. “But I am confident in my doctors and in the treatment they have prescribed, and I look forward to teeing it up at the Masters. … I look forward to a quick and successful recovery.”

Prior to the injury, Koepka won the Dunlop Phoenix and cracked the top 10 in the world ranking. 

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Cut Line: Color Rory unafraid of the Ryder Cup

By Rex HoggardJanuary 19, 2018, 7:09 pm

In this week’s edition, Rory McIlroy gets things rolling with some early Ryder Cup banter, Dustin Johnson changes his tune on a possible golf ball roll-back, and the PGA Tour rolls ahead with integrity training.


Made Cut

Paris or bust. Rory McIlroy, who made his 2018 debut this week on the European Tour, can be one of the game’s most affable athletes. He can also be pointed, particularly when discussing the Ryder Cup.

Asked this week in Abu Dhabi about the U.S. team, which won the last Ryder Cup and appears to be rejuvenated by a collection of new players, McIlroy didn’t disappoint.

“If you look at Hazeltine and how they set the course up – big, wide fairways, no rough, pins in the middle of greens – it wasn’t set up for the way the Europeans like to play,” McIlroy said. “I think Paris will be a completely different kettle of fish, so different.”

McIlroy has come by his confidence honestly, having won three of the four Ryder Cups he’s played, so it’s understandable if he doesn't feel like an underdog heaidng to Paris.

“The Americans have obviously been buoyant about their chances, but it’s never as easy as that,” he said. “The Ryder Cup is always close. It always comes down to a few key moments, and it will be no different in Paris. I think we’ll have a great team and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”

September can’t get here quick enough.

Mr. Spieth goes to Ponte Vedra Beach. The Tour announced this year’s player advisory council, the 16-member group that works with the circuit’s policy board to govern.

There were no real surprises to the PAC, but news that Jordan Spieth had been selected to run for council chair is interesting. Spieth, who is running against Billy Hurley III and would ascend to the policy board next year if he wins the election, served on the PAC last year and would make a fine addition to the policy board, but it is somewhat out of character for a marquee player.

In recent years, top players like Spieth have largely avoided the distractions that come with the PAC and policy board. Of course, we’ve also learned in recent years that Spieth is not your typical superstar.


Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF)

On second thought. In December at the Hero World Challenge, Dustin Johnson was asked about a possible golf ball roll-back, which has become an increasingly popular notion in recent years.

“I don't mind seeing every other professional sport. They play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball,” he said in the Bahamas. “I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage.”

The world No. 1 appeared to dial back that take this week in Abu Dhabi, telling BBC Sport, “It's not like we are dominating golf courses. When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy?”

Maybe it didn’t feel that way, but DJ’s eight-stroke romp two weeks ago at the Sentry Tournament of Champions certainly looked pretty easy.

Long odds. I had a chance to watch the Tour’s 15-minute integrity training video that players have been required view and came away with a mixture of confusion and concern.

The majority of the video, which includes a Q&A element, focuses on how to avoid match fixing. Although the circuit has made it clear there is no indication of current match fixing, it’s obviously something to keep an eye on.

The other element that’s worth pointing out is that although the Tour may be taking the new program seriously, some players are not.

“My agent watched [the training video] for me,” said one Tour pro last week at the Sony Open.


Missed Cut

Groundhog Day. To be fair, no one expected Patton Kizzire and James Hahn to need six playoff holes to decide last week’s Sony Open, but the episode does show why variety is the spice of life.

After finishing 72 holes tied at 17 under, Kizzire and Hahn played the 18th hole again and again and again and again. In total, the duo played the par-5 closing hole at Waialae Country Club five times (including in regulation play) on Sunday.

It’s worth noting that the playoff finally ended with Kizzire’s par at the sixth extra hole, which was the par-3 17th. Waialae’s 18th is a fine golf hole, but in this case familiarity really did breed contempt.

Tweet of the week:

It was a common theme last Saturday on Oahu after an island-wide text alert was issued warning of an inbound ballistic missile and advising citizens to “seek immediate shelter.”

The alert turned out to be a mistake, someone pushed the wrong button during a shift change, but for many, like Peterson, it was a serious lesson in perspective.

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Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

“I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.