After Further Review: Don't read too much in Woods' performance

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 2, 2014, 11:12 pm

Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on Tiger Woods' lackluster performance in Dubai and the raucous week at TPC Scottsdale for the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

For those fretting about Tiger Woods’ scruffy start to 2014, remember this: The world No. 1 still has three stroke-play events to figure it out before the Masters, where he has finished outside the top 6 just once in his last nine appearances.

It’s clear now that when Woods said that he “didn’t do much” this offseason, he meant so literally. He shut it down completely after his World Challenge event – perhaps to rest his aching back, maybe because all of his focus is on the majors, not tournaments that might as well fall under spring training.

Ramping up for the year, it’s reasonable to expect there will be spells of rust and poor form. The first event that truly matters is still two months away. Chances are, he’ll be ready, like usual.  - Ryan Lavner

After spending parts of four afternoons in and around the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale, I'm convinced of two things: 1. This scene isn't going away anytime soon; and 2. The PGA Tour wishes it would.

For years, the 16th has toed the line between fun and fury. This year, there were some subtle changes that left the 15,000 fans a bit more subdued and TV viewers missing some of the antics. Let's give 'em credit, though: This isn't just about squashing something fun; it's about keeping the environment safe for both players and spectators, and maintaining decorum in a party atmosphere.

That's a difficult balance to strike, but it's become painfully obvious the Tour is trying to reverse the recent trend as much as it can. - Jason Sobel

Bubba Watson moaned and groaned about slow play on the PGA Tour all week in his post-round interviews at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He was unceremonious and unabashed in his criticism, saying things like, “I don’t know if you know, but the PGA Tour plays slow” and “I want to watch the Super Bowl. … Under five hours tomorrow, boys. That’s not going to happen.”

Watson’s Sunday round – where he bogeyed the final hole to lose to Kevin Stadler by one – was five hours and 15 minutes. So while he didn’t get everything he wanted, at least he can make it back to his Scottsdale home in time for kick-off. Bailey Mosier

So Tiger Woods is off to his worst start as a pro. Maybe that’s not such a bad thing, and he’s just switching up the formula. It can’t hurt as he seeks to end his five-year drought in majors.

He was sharp early last year. When he won at Torrey Pines in 2013, we all thought he was on his way back to hoisting trophies in majors again. He did, after all, seem to win a major every year he started off with a win at Torrey. The first six times he won at Torrey at year’s start, he went on to win a major five times. It didn’t happen again, of course.

Woods is 38, and you can’t blame him if he gave his body and even his mind some extra rest this offseason. What he’s sacrificing now may pay dividends later. It’s too early to tell. Doral and Bay Hill in March will give us the real feel for how ready he is for Augusta National. If he's off at those places, after being off at Torrey Pines, something's wrong. – Randall Mell

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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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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green

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Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Reportedly fake TIME covers

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Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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Pros comment on the president

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm