You Oughta Know: Masters Sunday

By Jay CoffinApril 13, 2013, 9:44 pm

AUGUSTA, Ga. – After three rounds at a bizarre Masters, Angel Cabrera and Brandt Snedeker sit atop the leaderboard heading into the final round at Augusta National. Here are some facts You Oughta Know as we’re 18 holes away from handing out a green jacket:

• Nine of the last 14 leaders or co-leaders going into the final round have won. The only ones not to win were Jeff Maggert (2003), Stuart Appleby (2007), Lee Westwood (2010), Rory McIlroy (2011) and Peter Hanson (2012).

• Only three times in the last 22 years has the winner not come from Sunday’s final twosome: Zach Johnson (2007), Charl Schwartzel (2011) and Bubba Watson (2012). All were in the next-to-last group.

• The only Masters champion who was not inside the top 10 after three rounds was Art Wall Jr. in 1959. Wall was tied for 13th.

• The largest final-round comeback is eight strokes by Jack Burke in 1956. Burke was eight behind Ken Venturi and clipped him by one.

• Prior to Zach Johnson in 2007, the last champion to not lead after any of the first three rounds was Mark O’Meara (1998).

• Forty-seven different players have won the Masters. Only 16 have won multiple titles. Cabrera would be the 17th multiple winner if he’s victorious.

• Nineteen of the 76 Masters have been won by international players including 17 of the last 35. A Cabrera victory would make that 18 of the last 36.

• Americans have won eight of the last 13 Masters dating back to 2000.

• Since 1974, only four first-round leaders have gone on to win. The last to win was Trevor Immelman in 2008. Marc Leishman and Sergio Garcia were the first-round leaders this year. Leishman is tied for fourth place. Garcia is tied for 14th.

• Snedeker was only two shots off the lead heading into the final round of the Masters in 2008 and shot 77. He tied for third place, four shots behind Immelman.

• No Masters champion has ever made an 8 on a hole and ultimately won. Woods took an 8 on the par-5 15th hole Friday when he was assessed a two-stroke penalty for taking an improper drop.

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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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President at the Presidents Cup


Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

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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

Vandalism

Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses

Finances


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.