Day 1 predictions: Snead Bracket

By Rex HoggardFebruary 21, 2012, 5:15 pm

MARANA, Ariz. – Thirty-two matches will comprise the opening day of the 2012 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. senior writers Randall Mell and Rex Hoggard are on site and offer up predictions on Day 1. Hoggard takes on the Snead Bracket. (Click for more predictions: Player Bracket | Jones Bracket | Hogan Bracket)


No. 1 Lee Westwood vs. No. 16 Nicolas Colsaerts

Winner: Westwood

The lowdown: So the Englishman’s putting was horrific earlier this month in Dubai and Colsaerts, who is making his first start in the Match Play but finished tied for third at last year’s Volvo World Match Play, has top-10 showings in three of his last four starts, but it’s impossible to bet against Westwood this early in any tournament.

No. 8 Robert Karlsson vs. No. 9 Fredrik Jacobson

Winner: Jacobson

The lowdown: Karlsson has prerequisite length to excel at the Match Play but in six starts he’s advanced past the first round just twice and the “Junkman” has the great equalizer in match play – grit.

No. 4 Nick Watney vs. No. 16 Darren Clarke

Winner: Watney

The lowdown: Way back in 2000 when the Ulsterman beat Tiger Woods in the championship match, Clarke was a bracketology staple, but that feels like a lifetime ago and Watney has played well in his two Match Play starts.

No. 5 Tiger Woods vs. No. 12 Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño

Winner: Woods

The lowdown: For all the handwringing over Woods’ performance at the WGC-Match Play in recent years he’s lost in the first round just twice in 11 starts and should find the putting easier at Dove Mountain than Pebble Beach.

No. 2 Webb Simpson vs. No. 15 Matteo Manassero

Winner: Simpson

The lowdown: Although this is Simpson’s first Match Play start he was solid last year paired with Bubba Watson at the Presidents Cup and has been more consistent than Manassero this season.

No. 7 Alvaro Quiros vs. No. 10 Martin Laird

Winner: Quiros

The lowdown: Quiros has all the markings of a Match Play champion, he is super long off the tee, unapologetically bold and could run the table for his first WGC title.

No. 3 Bill Haas vs. No. 14 Ryo Ishikawa

Winner: Ishikawa

The lowdown: We’ve seen this matchup before, sort of. Ishikawa, paired with Ernie Els, clipped Haas and Matt Kuchar in a hotly contested Day 3 foursomes match at last year’s Presidents Cup and he could be poised for another “upset.”

No. 6 Justin Rose vs. No. 11 Paul Lawrie

Winner: Rose

The lowdown: Lawrie has shown a remarkable resurgence but Rose is a match play stud. It’s a shame so many European Ryder Cup captains don’t realize that.

Getty Images

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.

Getty Images

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.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

Article: Video, images from Tiger, DJ's round with Trump

Article: After DJ and Tiger, Trump plays golf with Jack

Rory faces criticism

Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'

President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

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

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

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

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


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

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

Getty Images

Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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