Come Fly With Me

By Mercer BaggsOctober 26, 2009, 6:50 pm

Y.E. Yang

THE FLY: Y.E. Yang found plenty of trouble getting to paradise. After making a 16-hour flight from South Korea to New York, Yang's charter plane from JFK airport to Bermuda had to be re-routed after the landing gear wouldn't retract.  A four-hour delay ensued before the PGA champion could again take off for his ultimate destination. In all, Yang's trip to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf took nearly 26 hours. While the three other major champions practiced and battled horrible weather conditions Monday in Bermuda, Yang took a nap on a fold-out bed in the locker room. Stewart Cink, the British Open champion, snapped a shot of Yang [above] with his camera phone and posted it on his Twitter page.
Sure, flying stinks, but pray we never develop Star Trek-like teleportation. Here's two reasons why: 1) Jeff Goldblum. 2) No excuse to avoid family. And if you're ever in a situation where you really want to get off an airplane, pull a Charles Grodin.

Angel Cabrera

THE FLY, PART II: Angel Cabrera had air transportation problems as well this past week. The reigning Masters champion endured multiple flight delays while trying to travel from Bermuda, site of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, to Spain for the Castello Masters. He missed his tee time and was disqualified.
Backspin To make matters worse, Cabrera's group was on the first green when play was suspended due to high winds. Had those winds picked up a bit earlier then Cabrera would have been able to make the start. This is probably the worst thing that has happened to Cabrera all year. What a great year it's been.

Lucas Glover

AIN'T LIFE GRAND: U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover shot 65-66 to win the PGA Grand Slam of Golf by four shots over Masters winner Angel Cabrera. British Open champ Stewart Cink was third, while PGA winner Y.E. Yang was fourth.
Backspin Winning a major championship is the gift that just keeps on giving. Not only do you secure a place in golf lore; you get lavished with praise, perks, and millions and millions and millions of dollars. Yang got $200,000 just for showing up and playing two days of care-free golf in Bermuda. The earning potential for a newly minted major champion is limited only by how much he is willing to exhaust himself during the offseason.

Troy Matteson

HEART OF THE MATT-ER: Troy Matteson won his second career PGA Tour event, defeating Rickie Fowler and Jamie Lovemark in sudden death at the Open. Matteson bogeyed his final two holes of regulation to force the playoff, but atoned with a birdie on the second extra hole.
Backspin Matteson set a 36-hole PGA Tour scoring record by shooting back-to-back 61s in the second and third rounds. Still, Fowler may have been the most impressive this week. The 20-year-old had an ace and seven birdies in the final round. In just two events on Tour as a pro, he's earned over $550K. He now needs to win the Viking Classic – not out of the realm of possibility – to earn a Tour card for 2010. Otherwise, it's off to the final stage of Q-School, which at least guarantees him a spot on the Nationwide Tour next year.

David Duval

MONEY TALKS: Troy Matteson's victory in the Open moved him from 131st to 55th on the PGA Tour money list, with two tournaments remaining. Matteson was the only player to move inside the top 125, while Jeff Maggert (123rd to 127th) took his place on the outside.
BackspinDavid Duval is now the official bubble boy at 125th. Rich Beem is 124th, with others like Steve Flesch and Ricky Barnes perilously slipping in the standings. Chris Riley is currently 126th, with $613,027 this season. It took $852,752 to finish 125th in earnings last year.
Nationwide Tour graduates

THE GRADUATES: Matt Every, needing at least a solo third-place finish to earn his 2010 PGA Tour card, won the Nationwide Tour Championship to secure a spot on the main circuit. He and 24 others now have tickets to the big show next season.
Backspin Count Fran Quinn among them. The veteran spent Saturday night in the hospital due to a urinary tract infection but managed to hang on to the 25th position. Brian Stuard and Alister Presnell were the only two players who started the week inside the cut line and were bounced out. Stuard finished $2,844 behind Quinn for the final spot.

Erik Compton

EASY E: Erik Compton easily advanced to the second stage of PGA Tour Q-School, winning his opening-round site by seven strokes. A year ago, and still recovering from his second heart transplant, Compton needed a late rally to make it to Stage 2, where his drive for a Tour card ended.
Backspin Hopefully, Compton will make it to the final stage, thus securing him at least a spot on the Nationwide Tour. Among those who didn't make it to Stage 2 were: Gary Nicklaus, the 40-year-old son of Jack Nicklaus; Sam Saunders, the grandson of Arnold Palmer; Tadd Fujikawa and former U.S. Amateur champion Danny Lee. Unlike the others who failed to advance, Lee still has a place to play next year as he won a 2009 European Tour event.
Michael Jonzon

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:  Michael Jonzon won the European Tour's Castello Masters. ... Phil Blackmar won his first Champions Tour title at the AT&T Championship. ... Trevor Immelman had successful wrist surgery and expects to be healthy for the 2010 season.
BackspinIt was the 37-year-old Swede's first European Tour win since 1997. And what a sweet trophy he won. ... Blackmar had been contemplating a move back to the broadcast booth before this triumph, which came in his home state of Texas. ... At least he knows no matter what happens each year he always has one place to play in April.

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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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Trump golf properties


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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