Ultimate Match Play Championship semifinal predictions

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 5, 2013, 2:20 pm

GolfChannel.com begins the semifinals of its Ultimate Match Play Championship this week, where you get to vote on who is the greatest of the greats. Our writers weigh in with their second-round predictions. Also, check out GolfChannel.com's Bracket Challenge for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Match 13: (1) Jack Nicklaus vs. (4) Bobby Jones

Mell: Nicklaus – After losing to Nicklaus at the 44th hole in sudden death, Jones says: “He does, indeed, play a game with which I’m not familiar.”

Sobel: Nicklaus – Pushed to the limit by the amateur, Nicklaus reaches the par-5 final hole in two, then makes his 30-foot eagle putt for the win, holding the putter aloft like that iconic image from the 1986 Masters.

Hoggard: Nicklaus – Jones may be one of the game’s best match-play players and the semifinal match is destined for extra holes, but the game’s greatest weathers the challenge and advances to the final frame.

Lavner: Nicklaus – Jack hasn’t been threatened yet in this competition, earning 92 percent of the vote in each of his first two matchups. There is no reason to see that ending here either, despite Jones’ match-play prowess. Nicklaus wins, 4 and 3.

Gray: Nicklaus – With impeccable ball-striking and clutch putting throughout the match, Nicklaus stays slightly ahead as the pair hit the heart of the back nine. With Jones threatening a comeback, the Golden Bear pulls off a long-iron approach similar to his 1-iron at Pebble Beach in 1972. As the shot barely leaves the pin before settling a few feet away, Jones’ hopes are all but extinguished as Nicklaus goes on to a 3-and-2 win.

Match 14: (2) Tiger Woods vs. (3) Ben Hogan

Mell: Woods – After watching Hogan knock down one flagstick after another but fail to convert enough birdie attempts, Woods’ putter is the difference at the 51st hole in sudden death.

Sobel: Woods – A true contrast in styles, as Hogan hits fairway and green after fairway and green, while the wild Woods sprays it around, but gets up and down from everywhere. In the end, it's the latter strategy that wins out, as Tiger takes it thanks to his short game.

Hoggard: Woods – In what may be the quietest match of the championship, the famously aloof Hogan builds an early lead, but Woods rallies for a late victory on Pebble Beach’s iconic 18th hole. 

Lavner: Woods – Tiger has the advantage in most every important category against the Hawk, including more PGA Tour titles, more majors and the more impressive Slam. When comparing these two players at the height of their powers, which is our task, then Tiger wins, 3 and 1.

Gray: Woods – Perhaps of all the players in the field, Hogan is least likely to back down to Woods as so many have done over the years. As 18 holes are not enough to decide a winner, the match heads to sudden death and the advantage appears with Hogan as he finds the green on the 19th hole while Woods goes long and left. As he has often done, though, Woods not only gets out of trouble – he holes the difficult pitch. Somewhat stunned, Hogan is unable to match the birdie as Woods wins, 1-up.

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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.