Getting out of the studio is a good thing
This, by the way, is the 27th edition of the World Am. Play is conducted on 60 courses by day and the golfers converge on the Myrtle Beach convention center for 'The World's Largest 19th Hole' by night.
I like getting out among my fellow golfers. Most of my work life at Golf Channel consists of doing shows in our fancy new studio, and the only people hanging out in there are our hardworking camera guys. I like talking to those guys, but they don't really like talking to me. I'm pretty sure they don't like us announcer types. My working theory is that they are intimidated by our good looks. After all, we are in FRONT of the camera. Or it could possibly be an institutional bias. More research is required. I'll have to get back to you on that one.
When I'm not busy doing shows, I like to spend my time stirring the pot with the other announcers or being a general menace to the myriad producers and directors who roam the halls of Golf Channel World Headquarters. My current project is trying to get a fellow announcer (any of them will do) to call our newest crew member, Whit Watson, Walt Whitman on air. I've been pretty sneaky about it. Generally I'll start calling him Walt a few minutes before airtime. Sometimes the producers take the bait and accidentally call him Walt. So far, no announcer has stumbled on air. And to be perfectly honest, the plan has almost backfired on me. I've nearly called him Walt on two occasions.
As you have probably figured out, it's good for me to get out of the studio from time to time. And I'm pretty sure the folks at the studio are happy to have me out, especially those grumpy camera guys. And it's a real treat for me to get out and talk to all the golfers at the World Am. As I was making my way around 'The World's Largest 19th Hole' Monday night it became apparent to me that I must look short on TV. Most folks tell me I look taller in person. Strangely I've never been told I look skinnier in person.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
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.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
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
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.
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
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18