Miller, Koch agree Woods the favorite at Merion

By Randall MellMay 29, 2013, 6:47 pm

Tiger Woods is the overwhelming favorite to win the U.S. Open at Merion in two weeks.

In a media teleconference Wednesday with NBC analysts who will be calling the action at Merion, the first Woods question wasn’t about his chances of winning his first major in five years. The question was if he doesn’t win at Merion, what will have prevented him from doing so?

“Anytime you can give Tiger a course where he doesn’t have to use his driver, I think it’s an advantage,” Johnny Miller said. “I think the way he won The Players Championship was very similar to what he’s going to do at Merion. He can get it off the tee with less than a driver, his iron game is terrific and the rest of his game is terrific. The only weakness for Tiger is when he has to hit driver. If he doesn’t have to hit driver, it sounds crazy, but he’s tough to beat. If he can just hit that stinger off the tee, or whatever, he’s going to be tough. He can stop the ball on hard greens with those high approach shots and the way he spins it.”

Woods played his first practice round at Merion this week. The course sets up as a par 70 measuring just 6,996 yards, making it the first U.S. Open venue under 7,000 yards since the championship was played at Shinnecock Hills in 2004.

Ladbrokes makes Woods a 4/1 favorite to win at Merion. Rory McIlroy is next at 10/1. Nobody else is  better than 25/1.

“I think if Tiger has that stinger shot working, I think he’s going to be very tough to beat,” Gary Koch said. “If he doesn’t win, it will be his putting. He has putted great the majority of this year, especially since he got the tip from Steve Stricker at Doral. If you go back to the majors Tiger has played the last few years, when he has had a chance to win, he hasn’t made the putts he made earlier in his career on a regular basis in the majors.”

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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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