Who will prevail in the Presidents and Solheim Cups this year

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 10, 2011, 1:08 am

Even though 2011 is a non-Ryder Cup year, this season will have two exciting team events where American players will fight for their nation's honor. So who will prevail in the Presidents and Solheim Cups? Jay Coffin and Randall Mell chime in with their opinions.


The Americans will sweep both Cups this year.

The Solheim Cup will be another rout in a long line of routs and the Presidents Cup will be a close match, but the U.S. will sneak out victory late and take down Greg Norman for the second consecutive time, this time on his home turf.

The Solheim Cup is in dire need of a European victory or, sadly, the matches will become irrelevant. Europe has only won three of the 11 matches and hasn’t won since 2003 in Sweden. If they lose this year in Ireland they’ll be guaranteed to be winless for at least a 10-year stretch.

But the American’s have too much firepower, too much depth and it likely won’t be close, just like the last three consecutive times when the U.S. has rolled.

The Presidents Cup has a chance to be intriguing, although it’s contested late in the year (mid-November) in Australia when U.S. golf fans become more interested in football. Still, a Fred Couples-Norman captain matchup should be fun and the Shark will no doubt have the Aussie galleries fired up.

Right now there are 17 Americans in the top 50 of the world ranking and 16 Internationals, but the Americans are top heavy.

If the combination of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker play well, they’ll win.


Give me the Americans at the Solheim Cup, the Internationals at the Presidents Cup and somebody please give me some intriguing storylines to put some sparks into the buildup of these events.

The Solheim Cup and Presidents Cup are entertaining affairs when you actually get to them, but there isn’t enough sizzle in the anticipation.

They’re both burdened living in the shadow of the Ryder Cup.

The United States is just pounding the Europeans in the women’s game. The Americans will be going for their fourth straight Solheim Cup victory when they travel to Killeen Castle in Ireland in September. Michelle Wie’s awakening at Rich Harvest Farms in ’09 was good theater. So were Paula Creamer’s knockouts. The Americans will take another young, dynamic team overseas against a Euro squad with the talented Suzann Pettersen and not enough other star power. The Euros aren’t even making it close. They need to win this one to make the competition relevant.

The American men will also be going for their fourth straight victory when captain Fred Couples leads them to the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne in Australia in November. With Aussie great Greg Norman returning home as the International captain, there will be passion Down Under. Norman’s team will win with more lots more motivation and a home-field advantage.

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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

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Rory faces criticism

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Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'

President at the Presidents Cup

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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.