You Oughta Know: Valero Texas Open

By Will GrayApril 6, 2013, 10:33 pm

After three rounds in windswept San Antonio, Billy Horschel stands atop the leaderboard heading into the final round of the Valero Texas Open. Here are some facts that You Oughta Know as a final invite to the season's first major remains on the line Sunday at TPC San Antonio:

• Though multiple major champions loom on the first page of the leaderboard, there is still a good chance that the field at the Masters will increase by one based on the winner Sunday in San Antonio. Seven players, including Horschel, will begin the final round inside the top 10 with hopes of securing a Masters invite with a victory. The last player to make the field with a win the week before the season's first major was Johnson Wagner, when he claimed the Shell Houston Open in 2008 for his first career title.

• Only four shots off the pace, Bob Estes will try Sunday for his second career Texas Open title – though his first came nearly two decades ago. When Estes won this event at Oak Hills in 1994 over Gil Morgan, the final leaderboard included names like Craig Stadler, Ben Crenshaw and Mark O'Meara. The 46-year-old Estes, who has won four times on Tour but not since 2002, has had a steady season thus far in 2013, with six top-40 finishes in seven starts.

• To say that Charley Hoffman enjoys teeing it up in San Antonio might be an understatement. Since 2006, Hoffman has made seven Texas Open starts, with six resulting in a top-15 finish – including a runner-up showing in 2011. This year, he will begin the final round tied for second just two shots behind Horschel, seeking his first PGA Tour win since the 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship.

• Playing on a sponsor exemption after narrowly missing out on the Masters field following his European Tour win last week, Marcel Siem appeared headed for an early exit after an opening 76 Thursday. The German, who flew from Morocco to San Antonio via Germany to tee it up this week, rebounded with a 5-under 67 Friday, then followed that with a 3-under 69 Saturday. One of many in the field who can earn a trip down Magnolia Lane only with a win on Sunday, Siem will begin the final round tied for 12th, six shots off the pace.

• After a 2012 season defined by near-misses, Jim Furyk is once again in position to end a winless drought that surprisingly stretches back to the 2010 Tour Championship. Furyk, who had five top-five finishes last year, begins Sunday tied for second, one of only two players along with Horschel to play the AT&T Oaks Course in 70 shots or fewer each of the first three days. His lone top-10 finish this year came three weeks ago, when he tied for seventh at the Tampa Bay Championship.

• Though Rory McIlroy may now carry more momentum into the first round of the Masters after his performance this week, one thing he won't be able to take with him to Georgia is the world No. 1 ranking. McIlroy, who will begin the final round tied for fourth, still cannot pass Tiger Woods atop the world ranking even with a win Sunday in Texas. He could, though, cut his deficit significantly, which could add yet another wrinkle to the multitude of storylines that will unfold next week.

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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

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


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


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.