PGA Tour players travel back in time

By April 25, 2012, 1:33 am

AVONDALE, La. – A century ago, the grounds of TPC Louisiana were likely an alligator-infested swamp. On this day, however, it was site to a celebration of an era long passed.

Seven PGA Tour players – Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, Camilo Villegas, Keegan Bradley and Ben Crane – gathered together for an authentic reenactment of a three-hole exhibition from 1912.

Dressed in garb reminiscent of turn-of-the-century golfers, the seven were supplied with a small set of hickory-shafted clubs to get around the stretch of TPC Louisiana shortened to accommodate golf's equivalent of the quill.

About 150 people followed the sevensome, behaving like crowds must have at the showdowns of Ouimet, Vardon, Braid and others. They walked the fairways, lined the holes, and a misbehaving young boy was playing in a bunker with a rake (not furrowed), while the players enjoyed themselves.

The first hole, however, was a collective struggle. Only Villegas made it look easy, converting with a fairway and a green in regulation for an easy par.

Villegas tipped his cap after his approach, saying, 'That was a smashie niblick.' Translation: he hit whatever club that the cheat sheat tethered to the players' bags suggested.

Two others made par – Keegan Bradley from behind the green and Ben Crane out of a greenside bunker.

'That's the spoon there,' Crane exclaimed.

Luke Donald found his tee shot near the adjacent driving range on the first hole, but at the second, hit a perfect drive and an early 20th century flop shot to hole out for eagle. Immediately, Donald transported himself to the 2011 Masters with a fist pump mirroring his last shot that year at Augusta National.

'One hundred years ago, and nothing changes,' Graeme McDowell said. 'Luke Donald. Wedge.'

Donald retorted, 'That was pretty good. I'm thinking about putting that in the bag.'

Northwestern golf coach and Donald's swing coach Patrick Goss was on hand and worked with the world No. 2 to change his compact swing to work with the new sticks.

'Get long and then cock your wrist,' Goss explained, marveling at the change in technique over 100 years.

With the lead on the final hole – TPC Louisiana's par-3 ninth – Villegas stalled on the tee. He struggled with which club to hit. At this point, the seven players were passing around their own clubs like a game of Old Maid.

They collectively settled on the mashie niblick. McDowell stuck it close. Crane went closer, to 15 feet.

McDowell whispered to Crane, somewhat fascinated of the translation to modern equipment, 'Feels like a 9-iron, maybe a wedge.'

As they approached the green, Rose, who dunked his tee shot into the water, took his place along emcee Gary Williams like Gene Sarazen from 'Shell's Wonderful World of Golf.'

'This is like the FedEx Cup,' Rose joked as Crane sank his birdie to tie Villegas.

Perhaps contrived, sure, but the brief exhibition showed a time warp only proved to liven up the game - with one exception.

'The shirt was really tight,' said Fowler. 'Maybe with a shirt I could swing with, I'd have played a little better.'

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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 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.

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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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