Univ. of Georgia golfers continue success in '13-'14

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2014, 12:14 am

Thus far on the PGA Tour, the 2013-14 season has been the year of the Bulldog.

Success for former University of Georgia golfers is nothing new - just ask Masters champ Bubba Watson about his years in Athens. During the Tour's inaugural wraparound season, though, players with ties to the UGA program have, as a group, gotten off to a remarkably hot start.

The season began at the Frys.com Open, where 2009 graduate Brian Harman tied for sixth. A resident of St. Simons Island, Harman also thrived amid friendly confines at the McGladrey Classic in November, where he tied for 10th.

It was at Sea Island that the UGA alumni base notched its first victory of the season, as Chris Kirk (class of 2007) won by a shot. Kirk's triumph was followed the next week by Harris English, who left Athens in 2011 and stormed to a four-shot victory at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

When the calendar flipped to 2014, the momentum for Bulldog Nation picked up right where it left off. After holding the 54-hole lead, Kirk was a runner-up last week at the Sony Open, where English also finished solo fourth. This week, Kirk's former roomate in Athens, Brendon Todd, finds himself in second place at the Humana Challenge, two shots off the pace and in position for his fourth top-20 finish in six starts this season.

The group's success, however, doesn't end there: 2011 graduate Hudson Swafford tied for eighth last week in Hawaii and fired a 7-under 65 Thursday in Palm Springs. Kevin Kisner (class of 2006) opened with a 65 en route to a tie for 20th at the McGladrey Classic and started this week with a 6-under 66 on the Nicklaus Private course.

Even the 36-hole leader in California has ties to the UGA program. While Patrick Reed notably won a pair of NCAA titles at Augusta State, he began his collegiate career at Georgia before transferring. A winner last year at the Wyndham Championship, Reed will need to fend off multiple Bulldogs to capture a second victory, including Todd and English (currently T-8).

So why the sudden success for so many Georgia alumni?

"I think we play one of the toughest schedules in the country, so we're always competing on good, tough golf courses like the PGA Tour plays," Todd explained after shooting a career-low 63 Friday. "There's definitely a fraternity. We all get along really well ... As we've graduated and traveled the Tour, we're really gelling."

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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 Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

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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