Moving Day musings: WGC-HSBC Champions

By Will GrayNovember 2, 2012, 4:42 pm

Louis Oosthuizen begins the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions with a commanding five-shot lead. As the South African seeks his third worldwide win of 2012, here are some players and storylines to follow as play heats up this weekend in China:

• Through two rounds, Oosthuizen's lead can largely be attributed to his success on the longest holes at Mission Hills Golf Club. The layout at the Olazabal Course includes five par-5s, and the 2010 British Open champion birdied each of them Thursday en route to an opening 65. Friday he did one better, carding four birdies in addition to an eagle on the par-5 seventh hole, as he has now played the par-5s in 11 under for the week.

• Joining Oosthuizen in Saturday's final pairing will be two players who last crossed paths on the 18th green at Royal Lytham. The narratives of Ernie Els and Adam Scott will remain inextricably linked based upon the events of this summer's British Open, but both now enter the third round tied for second and in search of their first top-5 finish since Els left England with the claret jug. Scott's 13 birdies through two rounds are third-best among the field, while Els carded his lowest round of the year with a 63 Friday and has yet to record a bogey.

• Shane Lowry is continuing a late-season surge as he looks to crack the top 50 in the world ranking for the first time in his career. Ranked No. 128 only four weeks ago, he now sits at No. 57 after a win in Portugal and fifth-place finish at the BMW Masters last week. He enters the weekend tied for fourth, six shots behind Oosthuizen, hoping to move into the top 50 in the world by year's end - and earn a bid to the Masters in the process.

• One of the biggest moves up the leaderboard Friday was made by Denmark's Thobjorn Olesen, who fired a 7-under 65 to gain a share of eighth place. The young Dane recorded six birdies in seven holes during a front-nine 30 Friday, and will be looking to improve upon what has already been a career-best year during which he notched his first European Tour win and ascended more than 100 spots in the world ranking.

• The group of players tied for 12th includes four European Ryder Cup members and an intriguing outlier – Prom Meesawat. Meesawat, from Thailand, is currently the low Asian player and has his name next to the likes of Kaymer, Westwood, Poulter and Hanson after 36 holes. Entering the week seventh on the Asian Tour Order of Merit after five top-10 finishes this year, Meesawat will be paired Saturday with former FedEx Cup champion Bill Haas and former world No. 1 Luke Donald.

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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


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

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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.