Who is more likely to win a major in 2011 Johnson or McIlroy

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 7, 2011, 8:14 am

Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy are two of the bright young stars in the game. Who has a better chance of winning a major this season? Rex Hoggard and Randall Mell weigh in with their opinions.

By REX HOGGARD

When the history is written for Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy it’s a safe bet that both budding stars will enjoy a six-pack of major keepsakes on the mantel but it will be the lanky American who gets on the Grand Slam board first in 2011.

Half-empty types will point to DJ’s major heartbreaks in 2010 – first at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach where he ballooned to a closing 82 and then at the PGA Championship where he was crossed up by a rules snafu – and dismiss his chances. But it will be those failures that will only serve to season Johnson, as evidenced by his late-season victory at the BMW Championship.

Johnson is also uniquely suited for this season’s major ballparks.

Despite the best efforts of the U.S. Golf Association, the long ball still rules and DJ is a bombing expert. He ranked third on Tour in driving distance in 2010, had the fourth-longest drive (414 yards at Kapalua) and was third in club head speed (121 mph). Handy stuff at an Augusta National (7,445 yards) or Atlanta Athletic Club, site of this year’s PGA Championship and home to a 260-yard par 3.

But most of all, Johnson will win a major in ’11 because he’s learned how to do it, the hard way.

By RANDALL MELL

My money’s on Dustin Johnson. I’m all-in on this giant talent.

I love Rory McIlroy’s game, and I believe he will win major championships. Johnson beats him to the first, though, because he’s already navigated so much deeper in major championship fire. He’ll be so much more comfortable in the heat next time he’s there.

Johnson, 26, has major championship scars, the kind I’m betting will help, not hurt him. He has the kind that emboldens a player.

Blowing the final-round lead at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, controversially losing the PGA Championship, Johnson endured a double dose of major championship suffering last year. It didn’t weaken him, because we’ve seen major championship scarring do that. It strengthened him. We saw that just a month after the PGA Championship, when Johnson closed so confidently to win the FedEx Cup’s BMW Championship.

McIlroy, 21, has already logged four top-10s in majors, three times tying for third. That’s impressive, but only once has he felt the furnace blast of major championship pressure with a victory within reach late on a Sunday. He got close at Whistling Straits, but not close enough to scar. Of course, close calls aren’t required before a breakthrough, nor are scars, but they can help.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

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.

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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.