Day 2 predictions Hogan and Jones brackets

By Rex HoggardFebruary 23, 2012, 1:47 am

MARANA, Ariz. – Sixteen matches will comprise the second round of the 2012 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. GolfChannel.com senior writers Randall Mell and Rex Hoggard are on site and offer up predictions on Day 2. Hoggard takes on the Jones and Hogan brackets. (Click for Mell's Snead and Player brackets)

BOBBY JONES BRACKET

No. 16 Ernie Els vs. No.9  Peter Hanson

Winner: Els

The lowdown: So much for the difficulties of being a 64th seed, the Big Easy rolled past world No. 1 Luke Donald and we can’t image how Hanson could slow him down.


No. 13 Kyle Stanley vs. No. 5 Brandt Snedeker

Winner: Stanley

The lowdown: It will be close, extra holes is not out of the question, but Stanley prevails in this Torrey Pines sequel.


No. 15 Robert Rock vs. No. 10 Mark Wilson

Winner: Wilson

The lowdown: I know, only paper beats Rock, ba-da boom. But Wilson had six birdies through 16 holes against Bo Van Pelt and has the type of fairways-and-greens game that plays well in this event.


No. 3 Dustin Johnson vs. No. 11 Francesco Molinari

Winner: Molinari

The lowdown: Both players needed extra holes to advance to Round 2 and neither has ever seen a Thursday in the Tucson desert, but Molinari seemed to have more momentum following an eagle on the 20th hole.


BEN HOGAN BRACKET

No. 1 Martin Kaymer vs. No. 8 David Toms

Winner: Kaymer

The lowdown: This event brings out the best in Toms but last year’s runner-up cruised to victory on Day 1 and seems to be finding his form following a quiet few months.


No. 4 Matt Kuchar vs. No. 5 Bubba Watson

Winner: Kuchar

The lowdown: The Match Play is described as a collection of final rounds and Kuchar’s final-round scoring average is 68.67, Watson’s is 70.25.


No. 2 Steve Stricker vs. No. 7 Louis Oosthuizen

Winner: Oosthuizen

The lowdown: Both players survived close Day 1 matches, but Oosthuizen seemed more in control with birdies at two of his last three holes.


No. 14 Y.E. Yang vs. No. 6 Hunter Mahan

Winner: Mahan

The lowdown: Mahan needed overtime to beat Zach Johnson and didn’t seem comfortable with his swing on Wednesday, but one of the game’s best ballsrikers won’t be off for long.


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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.


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

Vandalism

Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses

Finances


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

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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

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.