Bubba-Webb could form premier team at Medinah

By Ryan LavnerSeptember 27, 2012, 4:06 pm

MEDINAH, Ill. – These Ryder Cup matches have no shortage of ready-made pairings.

After years of unsuccessful partnerships, Tiger Woods has finally found a steady teammate in Steve Stricker. That’s a lock.

Rory McIlroy has enjoyed plenty of success with his friend and fellow Ulsterman Graeme McDowell. They could play all four team sessions together.

Phil Mickelson seems likely to play with mentee and frequent practice-round partner Keegan Bradley, and Luke Donald can make a formidable team with Lee Westwood, and Justin Rose and Ian Poulter form another solid, all-English duo.

Yet it wouldn’t surprise if one of the most successful pairings this week at Medinah is Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson – devout Christians who first teamed at last year’s Presidents Cup, with much success – even if the two players couldn’t be any more dissimilar.

Bubba is a goofball in golf slacks, a Masters champion who buttons his shirt all the way to the top, who tries mind-bending shots and posts trick-shot videos on Twitter, who cries and scowls in equal measure, who tops the Tour in titanium-denting drives, who wears a $500,000 Richard Mille watch and donates plenty of cash to charity.

Webb, meanwhile, is straight out of a Polo ad, a good ol’ boy from North Carolina who wields a belly putter with ease, who won the U.S. Open when no one was watching, who can be painfully deliberate during rounds yet quick with a compliment, who pummels courses into submission with his ball-striking, who takes his young children to Starbucks and reads the Bible.

“We’re good friends away from golf,” Simpson said of Watson, “and I think that makes us a good team. You put him and me together, where I am a little more serious, he kind of relaxes me and I help him focus on golf and draw him back to what we need to be looking at.”

Last year at Royal Melbourne, Simpson, 27, and Watson, 33, went out first during each team session, sporting a 3-1 record en route to a U.S. victory at the Presidents Cup. They went 2-0-1 in the foursomes format (alternate shot), a trend that could continue at Medinah given the course’s forgiveness off the tee and Watson’s prodigious length.

For Watson, that partnership in Australia stood in stark contrast to what he endured in the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor. He went 1-3 in Wales, a performance more memorable for Jeff Overton’s “boom, baby!” hole-out than anything Watson accomplished on the course.

This, now, is Bubba’s first Ryder Cup on U.S. soil, an experience that is sure to stir an already emotional man. He’s playing for his father, who died in October 2010 after a lengthy battle with throat cancer. He’s playing for his country, and Watson has talked at length in the past about his passion and respect for the U.S. military.

The enormity of the moment already has hit Watson, hard. On Tuesday night, during a private team dinner at Gibsons Bar and Steakhouse, both captain Davis Love III and Watson teared up while seated at the same table.

“I’m probably going to cry at some point this week,” Watson said, “because I cry just about every week. So there’s going to be good shots I’m going to cry about, there’s going to be bad shots I cry about, and hopefully I do everything in a respectful way.” 

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.

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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Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

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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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Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

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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

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.