Two Too Many Swings

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 24, 2008, 4:00 pm
Editor's Note: In Backspin, the editorial staff takes a look back on the biggest stories from the past week in golf -- with a spin.
MONSTER MASHED: Geoff Ogilvy earned his first PGA TOUR victory since capturing the 2006 U.S. Open by winning the WGC-CA Championship Monday at Doral at 17 under. The event was extended an extra day due to inclement weather in the Miami area. Ogilvy made par on each of his final nine holes Monday to secure fourth career TOUR title.
Backspin Ogilvy is one of the most honest players on TOUR. He's also never one to back down from a challenge. Of the Aussie's afforementioned four TOUR victories, two have come in WGC events (2006 WGC-Match Play) or in majors. And just like he at Winged Foot in '06, a chip-in for par late in the round helped save the day.

DRIVE ENDS AT FIVE: Tiger Woods PGA TOUR win streak was halted at five at the WGC-CA Championship. Woods finished in fifth place with a score of 15 under. The loss alos ended his three-year run at champion at Doral.
Backspin Well, it turns out hes human after all. But even on an off week, if you can call it that, Tiger still had a chance to win in the end. But instead of focusing in on what went wrong, lets appreciate his incredible run. This is the first time Woods has lost since finishing second to Phil last September, and the first time he didnt place in the top two since July! Five official PGA TOUR wins in a row, seven total, including his tournament and the Dubai Desert Classic, and 9 of the last 10. Truly remarkable. Next up: The Masters Tournament.

BIG EASY'S BIG MOVE: South African Ernie Els told the press this week about his intentions of moving his home base from England to possibly south Florida. Els has lived alongside the famed Wentworth course in England for most of his professinal career.
Backspin Els' reasoning for the major move (he used to live in Lake Nona outside of Orlando) was partly because of the better winter-time climate in Florida compared with that of rainy, cold London. But most importantly was the fact that he believes that there are better opportunities Stateside that exist for his son, Ben, who Els recently revealed suffers from autism. 'The schools for Ben, especially theres really good stuff happening over here for him,' Els said.

HE'S KRAFTY: Greg Kraft earned his first PGA TOUR victory Sunday by outlasting Bo Van Pelt and Jerry Kelly, the highest-ranked player in the field, at the inaugural Puerto Rico Open. Kraft earned $630,000'more than hes made on the PGA TOUR combined since 2003.
Backspin Who loves opposite-field events more than the career journeyman. First, Brian Gay won in Mexico the same week of the WGC-Accenture Match Play and now Kraft in Puerto Rico. Anyone winless on TOUR with about 10 years service can next look forward to the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee, the week of the British Open.

OWW WIE: .Michelle Wie withdrew from the Safeway International on Friday after tweaking an injury to her left wrist during practice last week. The 18-year-old Wie received a sponsor exemption to play in the upcoming event at Superstition Mountain in Arizona. She has played in just one tournament this year, and finished 20 strokes behind winner Paula Creamer in the Fields Open in Hawaii.
Backspin It is hard to tell whether this is a step forwards or backwards for Wie. On one hand she showed some common sense in not forcing the issue with her wrist, and risking further injury that would keep her out of future events. On the other this could be a nagging injury that could keep the Stanford freshman from ever reaching her full potential and living up to the lofty expectations placed on her. In other words, it's pretty typical for the on-going Wie saga.

BACK AND FORSYTH: Alastair Forsyth erased a five-stroke deficit Sunday before beating Hennie Otto in a playoff to win the Madeira Island Open. The 32-year-old Scot birdied the 18th hole twice, once in regulation and then again on the extra hole, to force and win the playoff to collect his first title since the 2002 Malaysian Open, when he overcame Australian Stephen Leaney for his first title.
Backspin The win was a complete change in fortune this year for Forsyth who had missed the cut in each of his five events this year. But his successful 7-footer in overtime earned him the $180,000 first prize and made him 2-out-of-2 in playoffs as a professional. Its the worst start Ive ever made, added Forsyth, but Id played well at the end of last season and just got a bit rusty over the winter. Otto was looking for his debut in the winners circle to regain his tour card but gave away his lead early in his round..

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Louis Oosthuizen arrived on Sunday for the WGC-CA Championship, although his clubs did not make it; Stephanie Sparks, GOLF CHANNEL personality, accepted a sponsors exemption to the third-annual Ginn OPEN, April 14-20 at Ginn Reunion Resort; Erik Compton underwent two heart procedures this past week.
Backspin Oosthuizen finally got his clubs and shot 74-72 alongside Tiger. He finished tied for 68th for the event; Sparks LPGA career was cut short after the 2000 season due to back surgery. But her attitude is thus, 'After my second back surgery I thought Id never have a chance of being inside the ropes again. Having this opportunity is unexpected, and I will be enjoying every single second of it. I dont know how Ill play, but its about taking in every moment of it.'; Just days after his surgery, Compton, a Miami native, was on-site at Doral. He first had a heart transplant at the age of 12. That heart lasted 16 years. He needs another one now to continue his life.
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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

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    Rory faces criticism

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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

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    Cart on the green

    Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

    Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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    Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

    Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

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    Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

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    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.