You Oughta Know: Inside the Sunday singles

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 30, 2012, 3:00 am

MEDINAH, Ill. – Twelve points are up for grabs Sunday at the Ryder Cup and Europe needs eight of them to retain the hardware. The odds are stacked against the Europeans, but the Americans came back from the same 10-6 deficit to win the Ryder Cup in 1999 at Brookline. Our experts at Medinah broke down each of the 12 singles matches. Here are some things you oughta know.

12:03PM ET: Bubba Watson vs. Luke Donald

Talk about a contrast in styles. Watson bombs it and shapes it; Donald hits it straight and is incredibly consistent. Should make for a great opening match that can dictate the day’s momentum.

12:14PM ET: Webb Simpson vs. Ian Poulter

Poulter is 3-0 and it’s difficult to imagine that he won’t find a way to be 4-0. This is a must-have match for Europe, as Poulter is its pulse.

12:25PM ET: Keegan Bradley vs. Rory McIlroy

Hands down the match of the day. Bradley is 3-0 and the high-energy player the Americans need out early. McIlroy has not played particularly well and needs this match to salvage a decent week.

12:36PM ET: Phil Mickelson vs. Justin Rose

Paired with Bradley, Lefty has been unstoppable, posting his best Ryder Cup showing (3-0) since his rookie campaign in 1995 and should have plenty in the tank after asking to sit out Friday’s fourball session. Still, Rose clipped Mickelson in singles in 2008 (3 and 2) and has been solid.

12:47PM ET: Brandt Snedeker vs. Paul Lawrie

The rookie Snedeker had played inspired golf this week (1-1) and is fresh off an $11.4 million haul last week at the Tour Championship, while Lawrie (0-2) hasn’t looked sharp. This could be a big point for the U.S.

12:58PM ET: Dustin Johnson vs. Nicolas Colsaerts

It may not be the day’s most pivotal match – although at sixth in the lineup and the U.S. side 4 1/2 points from victory it certainly could be – but it will be the most entertaining. DJ is fourth on Tour in driving distance and the Muscles from Brussels is first on the Euro Tour in distance. Bombs away.

1:09PM ET: Zach Johnson vs. Graeme McDowell

There will be a whole lot of grinding in this one. Johnson (2-1) has a better record this week than GMac (1-2), but singles is an entirely different story. McDowell has never lost in singles, and one of those wins was a pressure-packed, cup-clinching victory over Hunter Mahan.

1:20PM ET: Jim Furyk vs. Sergio Garcia

His record in team play may be spotty (5-14-3) but Furyk is actually 4-2-1 in singles. Unfortunately he’s also 1-5-1 lifetime against El Nino.

1:31PM ET: Jason Dufner vs. Peter Hanson

Dufner has acquitted himself well in his first Ryder Cup, going 2-1 in team sessions. He could end up making quick work of Hanson, too, as the Swede had played only one session (a Friday fourball loss) this week.

1:42PM ET: Matt Kuchar vs. Lee Westwood

Kuchar is 2-0 in this Ryder Cup but has lost his two singles matches in Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup play. Poulter waxed him, 5 and 4, in Wales two years ago. While Westwood is normally tough in the Ryder Cup, he’s off his form. He’s also just 2-5 in Ryder Cup singles. 

1:53PM ET: Steve Stricker vs. Martin Kaymer

Confidence might be the issue in this match. Stricker can’t be feeling good going 0-3 this week or missing that 6-foot putt at the 18th Saturday that would have won a half-point for him and Woods. Still, in Kaymer, he gets a man who has slumped this summer and lost the only match he has played this week.

2:04PM ET: Tiger Woods vs. Francesco Molinari

It’s peculiar Woods was put in the anchor match, where his outcome isn’t likely to matter. But Woods is a Tale of Two Tigers this week. Davis Love III can’t be quite sure what he’ll get from him. No matter, Molinari better get off to a fast start. Woods has been awful on the front nine at Medinah this week and spectacular on the back nine.

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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

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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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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

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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.