You Oughta Know: Valero Texas Open

By Jason SobelApril 21, 2012, 11:29 pm

Entering the final round of the Valero Texas Open, Ben Curtis leads by three strokes over Matt Every. What else do you need to know in advance of Sunday's finale? Here’s a full slate of need-to-know info:

• Curtis is competing with only partial PGA Tour status this season, after finishing 149th on the money list a year ago. Because of those limitations, he has competed in only three previous tournaments, compiling a share of 14th place at the Puerto Rico Open to go along with a pair of missed cuts.

• What’s been the key to Curtis’ success so far this week? Well … everything. He ranks tied for second in driving accuracy, and leads the greens in regulation and strokes gained-putting statistics.

• How dire has Curtis’ situation been in recent years? Since 2009, he has made 68 total starts and earned just two top-10 results.

• There’s a little potential bad news looming for the Texas Open should Curtis claim the title on Sunday. Following his 2003 victory at the Open Championship, he has nabbed two other PGA Tour titles – at the Booz Allen Classic and 84 Lumber Classic, each of which is now defunct.

• Come-from-behind performance of the week – and perhaps of the entire season – so far belongs to John Huh. Starting on the back nine in his opening round, Huh carded two birdies, five bogeys, a double and a triple in posting an 8-over 44. Since then, he’s played the next 45 holes in 12 under, with a dozen birdies and 33 pars. He will start the final round in a share of third place, five shots off the lead.

• This week’s event features only three of the top 50 players on the Official World Golf Ranking. No. 15 Matt Kuchar is T-6; No. 47 Fredrik Jacobson is T-15; and No. 26 K.J. Choi missed the cut.

• Last year’s champion Brendan Steele is in a share of 21st place after rounds of 73-74-69. Zach Johnson (2008-09) is the last player to successfully defend at this event.

• Jordan Spieth, an amateur who plays collegiate golf at the University of Texas, made his third cut in five career PGA Tour appearances. He will try to become just the seventh amateur since 1940 to win a PGA Tour title, but starts the final round 10 strokes behind the leader.

• On Saturday, the average score was over par for the third straight round. In Round 1, the scoring average was 73.83; in Round 2, it was 74.62; and in Round 3, it was 74.10.

• In an uncommon occurrence on the PGA Tour, the most difficult hole on Saturday was a par 5, as the eighth hole played to a scoring average of 5.52 for the day.

John Hancock Pivotal Moments

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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.

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

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

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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

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


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

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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