You Oughta Know: Tour Championship

By Rex HoggardSeptember 22, 2012, 11:38 pm

The race for the FedEx Cup has come down to the final day with plenty left to be settled. Here are notes and nuggets to whet your appetite for Sunday’s finish to the Tour Championship:

Rory McIlroy can become the newest member of the $10 million club on Sunday with a victory at the Tour Championship and lock up his status as this year’s PGA Tour Player of the Year. But if the bloated paycheck was going to keep the Ulsterman up at night the stress wasn’t showing. “This is nothing compared to going into the final round of a major with the lead,” he said.

The Ulsterman can also become the first player since David Duval in 1997 to win three consecutive starts ending with the Tour Championship.

Tiger Woods can collect his third FedEx Cup trophy with a victory. He could also cash in with a sixth-place finish or better depending on what McIlroy and the other top-5 players on the points list do on Sunday.

Brandt Snedeker, fifth in points entering the week, can also collect the check with a victory. Perhaps more important than the $10 million, however, a victory would silence critics who questioned U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III’s decision to make him a pick for next week’s matches.

• Nick Watney, currently 29th out of a 30-man field, is projected to finish fifth in the FedEx Cup standings and collect $1 million. Not a bad haul for a playoff run that featured a victory (Barclays), T-20 (Deutsche Bank Championship), T-45 (BMW Championship) and TBD (Tour Championship).

• Justin Rose can win but only if he gets some help from those ahead of him on the points list – including McIlroy finishing 17th or worse and Woods no better than a three-way tie for fifth.

• Love can get a sneak peek at a few potential Sunday pairings for next week’s Ryder Cup via the final-round pairings at East Lake – including Snedeker and Rose in the day’s anchor group, Luke Donald and Zach Johnson , and Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia.

Ryan Moore, who is alone in third place two strokes back, can collect his first Tour title since 2009.

• John Huh, the only rookie to advance to the Tour Championship, will likely wrap up the Rookie of the Year race. Four rookies have made it to the finale in the FedEx Cup era – Keegan Bradley (2011), Marc Leishman (2009), Andres Romero (2008) and Snedeker (2007) – and all were voted the year’s top newcomer.

• Steve Stricker, who has struggled with back-to-back 73s and is tied for 22nd, can become the all-time playoffs leader for top-10 finishes (currently he has 10) if he rallies on Sunday.

Getty Images

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

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

Getty Images

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.