Photos of the Year Part I - COPIED

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 21, 2010, 8:13 am


Keith Horne

YOU CAN'T SEE ME:  Keith Horne plays a punch-out from the bushes Friday at the Joburg Open in January. (Getty Images)


Chris Swanepoel

DON'T GIVE ME ANY LIP: Chris Swanepoel catches a bunker lip on his approach shot during Friday's round at the Joburg Open in January. (Getty Images)


Sergio Garcia

WHO'S GONNA RIDE YOUR WILD HORSES?: Sergio Garcia of Spain hits his tee-shot on the seventh hole during the the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in January. (Getty Images)


Ben and Cassidy Crane

DADDY-DAUGHTER TIME: Ben Crane tosses daughter Cassidy into the air after winning the Farmers Insurance Open in January. (Getty Images)


Tom and Hilary Watson

REMAKING 'ISHTAR': Tom and Hilary Watson tour the desert the old fashion way at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February. (Getty Images)


Henrik Stenson

NIGHT PUTTING: Henrik Stenson competes in a night-time par-3 challenge Tuesday at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February. (Getty Images)


Pebble Beach holes 6, 7 and 8

HEAVENLY VIEW: 
An aerial shot of the sixth, seventh and eighth holes at Pebble Beach Golf Links in February. (Getty Images)


Ryo Ishikawa

OVER THE RAINBOW: Ryo Ishikawa prior to the start of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February. (Getty Images)


Alex Cejka

DEEP THOUGHTS: Alex Cejka off the eighth hole at Pebble Beach Saturday in February. (Getty Images)


Suzann Pettersen

ONE LADY'S PAIN...:
Suzann Pettersen of Norway during the final round of the Honda PTT LPGA Thailand at Siam Country Club in Chon Buri, Thailand. (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty Images)


Steve Stricker

THE LOOK OF (NO.) ONE AND DONE: No. 1 seed Steve Stricker reacts after losing his Round 1 match at the Accenture Match Play Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Marana, Arizona. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)


Tiger Woods

WORLDWIDE WONDER: 
People watch television monitors at an ESPN restaurant in Times Square in New York City as Tiger Woods makes his first public statement from PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)


HSBC Women

CUE ZZ TOP SONG...: Cristie Kerr, Michelle Wie, Morgan Pressel and Natalie Gulbis pose for a photograph during the Welcome Reception prior to the start of the HSBC Women's Champions at the Tanah Merah Country Club in Singapore. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

ANZ Ladies Masters

TIME TO REFLECT: Florentyna Parker of England is seen reflected in a flooded bunker as she chips onto the second green during Round 3 of the 2010 ANZ Ladies Masters at Royal Pines Resort in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)


Joost Luiten

WHERE ARE THOSE DAMN CAR KEYS?: Joost Luiten of the Netherlands looks for a ball in his golf bag  during the first round of the Maybank Malaysian Open at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country on March 4, 2010 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)


Giulia Sergas

GETTING INTO THE WHOLE 'DOWN UNDER' THING: Giulia Sergas of Italy stands on her hands to ease a back problem on the fourth hole during Round 2 of the Women's Australian Open at The Commonwealth Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

Manuel De Los Santos

CAN YOU IMAGINE?: Manuel De Los Santos of the Dominican Republic hits a shot during the first round of the Trophee Hassan II. (Getty Images)


Morgan Pressel

THAT IS SUCH A STRETCH: Morgan Pressel poses prior to the Kia Classic. (Getty Images)


Phil Mickelson

THINK HE CAN SEE ME?: A volunteer watches Phil Mickelson during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. (Getty Images)


Phil and Amy Mickelson FAMILY AFFAIR: Phil Mickelson gives wife Amy a kiss after winning his third Masters Tournament. (Getty Images)
Masters Tournament CROWDED HOUSE: Over 200 media members gather for Tiger Woods' Monday press conference. (Getty Images)


Zurich Classic 

YOU'VE BEEN WARNED...: An alligator lurks ominously behind the 17th green during the third round of the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. (Getty Images)
Miguel Angel Jimenez LIFE IMITATING ART: Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain tees off in front of a picture of himself on the 15th tee during the first round of the Open de Espana at the Real Club de Golf de Seville in Seville, Spain. (Getty Images)

Marcel Siem 

GOLF BALL POINT OF VIEW: Marcel Siem of Germany poses for a portrait prior to the BMW PGA Championship on the West Course at Wentworth on May 18, 2010 in Virginia Water, England. (Getty Images)
Rory McElroy

EMERGENCY ROOM VISIT?: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland bends his sand wedge after failing to hit out of a greenside bunker on the 10th hole during the first round of the BMW PGA Championship on the West Course at Wentworth on May 20, 2010 in Virginia Water, England. (Getty Images)
Natalie Gulbis

IS THAT A 3-WOOD?: Natalie Gulbis follows through on a tee shot during the first round of the LPGA State Farm Classic at Panther Creek Country Club on June 10, 2010 in Springfield, Illinois. (Getty Images)

Graeme McDowell

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland celebrates with his caddie Ken Comboy after making par on the 18th hole to win the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California. (Getty Images)

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Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 11:04 pm

Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.

While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.

He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.

"A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."

Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.

"If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."

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Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 10:39 pm

When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.

Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.

"I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"


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The tactics may be more simplified, but Rahm can't argue with the results. While Mickelson is in the midst of a winless drought that is approaching five years, Rahm won three times around the world last year and will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.

Both men are in the field this week in Palm Springs, where Mickelson will make his 2018 debut with what Rahm fully expects to be another dose of high-level analytics for the five-time major winner with his brother on the bag.

"It's funny, he gets to the green and then it's the same thing. He's very detail-oriented," Rahm said of Mickelson. "I'm there listening and I'm like, 'Man, I hope we're never paired together for anything because I can't think like this. I would not be able to play golf like that. But for me to listen to all that is really fun."

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DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 9:16 pm

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is already one of the longest hitters in golf, so he's not looking for any changes to be made to golf ball technology - despite comments from him that hinted at just such a notion two months ago.

Johnson is in the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told BBC Sport Wednesday that he wouldn't be in favor of making changes to the golf ball in order to remedy some of the eye-popping distances players are hitting the ball with ever-increasing frequency.

"It's not like we are dominating golf courses," Johnson said. "When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don't really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn't matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole."

Johnson's rhetorical question might be answered simply by looking back at his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month, an eight-shot romp that featured a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole that bounded down a slope to within inches of the hole.

Johnson appeared much more willing to consider a reduced-distance ball option at the Hero World Challenge in November, when he sat next to tournament host Tiger Woods and supported Woods' notion that the ball should be addressed.

"I don't mind seeing every other professional sport, they play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball," Johnson said. "In baseball, the guys that are bigger and stronger, they can hit a baseball a lot further than the smaller guys. ... 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."

Speaking Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, Johnson stood by the notion that regardless of whether the rules change or stay the same, he plans to have a leg up on the competition.

"If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player."

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LPGA lists April date for new LA event

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 17, 2018, 8:18 pm

The LPGA’s return to Los Angeles will come with the new Hugel-JTBC Open being played at Wilshire Country Club April 19-22, the tour announced Wednesday.

When the LPGA originally released its schedule, it listed the Los Angeles event with the site to be announced at a later date.

The Hugel-JTBC Open will feature a 144-player field and a $1.5 million purse. It expands the tour’s West Coast swing, which will now be made up of four events in California in March and April.

The LPGA last played in Los Angeles in 2005. Wilshire Country Club hosted The Office Depot in 2001, with Annika Sorenstam winning there.