You Oughta Know: WGC-Cadillac Championship

By Jay CoffinMarch 9, 2013, 10:55 pm

DORAL, Fla. – The game’s best front-runner has a huge lead heading into the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Tiger Woods has collected 24 birdies over the first 54 holes (both career bests on the PGA Tour) and is four shots ahead of Graeme McDowell, five ahead of Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker.

Here are some things You Oughta Know on the eve of what seems like a coronation ceremony for Woods and his 76th career PGA Tour victory:

• A victory Sunday would be Woods’ 17th World Golf Championship title. He has not won a WGC event since the 2009 Bridgestone Invitational. From 1999-2009, Woods didn’t go a season without winning at least one WGC title.

• The third-round leader or co-leader has carried the lead to victory five of seven times this season. Michael Thompson did so last week at the Honda Classic.

• The 54-hole leader has gone on to win this event nine of the previous 13 times. Ernie Els was the last to do this, in 2010.

• Woods’ opening 198 total after three rounds is the best at this event since it moved to Doral in 2007. Bubba Watson had the previous low of 199 last year, but failed to win the tournament. Justin Rose came from three behind to win.

• Woods has won 49-of-53 times that he’s had the third-round lead or co-lead. Woods’ largest 54-hole lead lost was two strokes to Y.E. Yang at the 2009 PGA Championship.

• McDowell missed a 6-foot putt on the 11th hole to record his first bogey of the week. His 46 consecutive holes without a bogey is the longest streak of his PGA Tour career.

• The best finish ever for McDowell at this event is a sixth-place tie in 2005 and 2010.

• McDowell and Woods were paired together in the final round of the 2012 Arnold Palmer Invitational, which Woods ultimately won.

• Mickelson and Stricker were paired together the first three days and both have shot 67-67-69. They’re paired together again for the final round.

• The largest come-from-behind victory of Mickelson’s career is six strokes, at the 2000 Colonial and the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Rory McIlroy had a six-hole stretch Saturday where he made five birdies. He shot 71 and enters the final round tied for 30th.

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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.

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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.

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm