A players captain

By Rex HoggardJanuary 20, 2011, 10:06 pm

The sun came up in the east, snow blanketed the Northeast and Davis Love III was named the 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup captain on Thursday, a foregone conclusion that did not escape “Captain Obvious” . . . eh, “Captain America.”

“This has been such a well-kept secret. I’m going to be the Ryder Cup captain, just want to get that off the table,” Love joked.

As for the rest of the 44-minute media meet-and-greet the new captain covered everything from potential assistant captains (none were announced) to the potential of Love possibly earning a spot on his own team. The only thing not covered was leaky rain suits and the likelihood of lavender cardigans.

Here are some highlights from Thursday’s announcement:

The six-time Ryder Cup player was asked how important experience will be in 2012 at venerable Medinah: “Corey Pavin did me an incredible service. Seeing it from the inside (as an assistant captain last year), watching how much hard work he put into. We learned a lot. I need to go back to the former captains and take little things from each one of them,” he said.

On what players can expect from a DL3 captaincy: “I’m a players’ captain. I’ll try to get them what they need to be successful. Stay out of the way and let them show their talents,” he said.

On what it means to captain a team run by the PGA of America, an organization his late father was a member of: “To be named Ryder Cup captain is a thrill I never thought I would have. I would love to share that with my father and I know, somehow, I am,” an emotional Love said.

On possible changes to the current selection process, which takes the top eight Americans from a points list and four captain’s picks: “I’d rather not make four picks, I watched Corey do it. I think it will be one of the hardest things to do,” he said. “One of the hardest things is telling the guys who didn’t get picked. Obviously, the system has worked. It’s fine. We identified eight great players and four great picks last time.”

On the possibility of earning a spot on his own team: “I’m never going to give up my goal of playing,” he said. “Between (European captain Jose Maria Olazabal) and myself if one of us gets hot with the putter we may make our teams. I don’t want to leave a guy off our team that may help us win, and if that’s me great.”

On what he would look for in potential captain’s picks: “I want guys who are playing well and putting well. I’m going to pick a hot putter. I wanted to be the guy out there with all that pressure and I’m going to pick guys like that,” he said.

On his leadership style: “You take the best of Lee Trevino and Tom Watson and Ben Crenshaw. I’m not going to say I’m the smartest guy and a great leader but I have been around a lot of great leaders and I think that experience will help me get through,” he said.

On possible format and golf course changes that would benefit the Americans: “Either way we’re going to play both of them (foursomes and four-ball). Ultimately, it’s not really the format it’s how comfortable players are with each other. I don’t think we can set the format and set the golf course up well enough to give us a real advantage.”

And finally, on whether he thinks Ryder Cup captains get too much credit for a win and too much blame for a loss? “Yes,” he said without hesitation.

With that, Love was off for a turkey hunting trip in Georgia, the only creatures in America who were surprised by Thursday’s announcement.

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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.

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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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