Florida Swing in Full Effect

By Golf Channel NewsroomFebruary 26, 2001, 5:00 pm
After an exciting West Coast Swing, which saw nine different winners in nine events, the PGA Tour heads South for the first of four straight events in the Sunshine State, the Genuity Championship.
 
The name's changed but the location's the same. Formerly the Doral Ryder Open, the Genuity will be held on Doral Country Club's Blue Course in Miami, Fla., for the 40th time.
 
Behind the Scenes: Preparing the Blue Monster!
 
Course Preview: How is the course set-up for play?
 
Who to Watch: Who are people picking to win?
 
Defending champion Jim Furyk heads a field that includes David Duval, Ernie Els, Davis Love III, Jack and Gary Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Jesper Parnevik, Nick Price, Vijay Singh and Hal Sutton.
 
Also schedule to attend is Robert Allenby, the Tour's most recent winner. Allenby won the Nissan Open on the first extra hole of a six-man playoff.
 
The elder Nicklaus is making his first PGA Tour start of the season. Two weeks ago, Jack led after the first round of the Senior Tour's Verizon Classic. But followed his opening 67 with rounds of 71-75 to tie for 20th.
 
Duval is looking for a fresh start in his home state. The Ponte Vedra Beach resident skipped last week's Nissan Open to rest up for a run at the Masters, which will be contested April 5-8.
 
Speaking of the Masters, Singh is in top shape five weeks prior to his title defense. The Fijian has won consecutive events in Malaysia and Singapore. This will be his first stateside start since his runner-up finish at Pebble Beach.
 
The Genuity has been able to entice such a talented field thanks to a $1.5 million purse increase to $4.5 million overall. This year's winner will take home $810,000. Last year, Furyk was awarded $540,000.
 
Furyk needed a late rally and tournament-tying record score to take home the first prize in 2000. The unorthodox swinger won his first PGA Tour event outside of Las Vegas and Hawaii by overcoming a six-stroke deficit with seven holes to play in the final round.
 
Furyk earned his fifth career Tour triumph by carding six birdies for a back-nine 30. He shot 7-under-par 65 on the day for a 23-under-par 265 total, tying the tournament record set by Norman in 1993.
 
Franklin Langham was the unfortunate victim to Furyk's late rally. Langham held the lead for 28 consecutive holes but managed just two pars and no birdies over his final six holes for a 2-under-par 70.
 
It was the second straight year at Doral that a player going after his first Tour victory stumbled down the stretch. In 1999, Greg Kraft chunked a 5-iron into the water on the 18th to finish in second place.
 
Furyk's triumph at Doral awarded him a trip to the Mercedes Championships in January, which he won. Furyk overcame a four-stroke deficit as the day began by shooting a 4-under-par 67. He avoided a playoff when Rory Sabbatini missed a two-foot putt on the 72nd hole.
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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.


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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup


Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

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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


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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

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Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up


Pros comment on the president

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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