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The Social: $tre$$ful time of year

By Jason CrookAugust 29, 2017, 6:30 pm

Several PGA Tour superstars, including last week's Northern Trust winner Dustin Johnson, live it up at a pro-am, Floyd Mayweather joined an exclusive club over the weekend with Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan, and some pros voice their displeasure with real and fantasy golf on social media because it's 2017, so of course they did.

All that and more in this week's edition of The Social.

The stress of the FedExCup Playoffs seems to be really wearing on the PGA Tour's biggest stars. You can tell because just a day after the first playoff event, DJ, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas were among those in attendance at the Silo Ridge Pro-Am, about two hours north of New York City.

The players hung out with, and enjoyed the musical stylings of Kelley James as they teed off. Tough gig, but those pro-ams don't just play themselves.

There's nobody like @kelleyjamesmusic! Great day at Silo

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The pro-am came the day after one of the best finishes this season on the PGA Tour, the final round of The Northern Trust, where Johnson and Spieth traded jabs down the stretch until DJ landed the knockout punch, a monster 341-yard drive on a ridiculous line over water that put him in the driver’s seat on the first playoff hole.

But, of course, there’s a reason we can’t have nice things. That reason is Twitter. A couple of pros - Ian Poulter and Wesley Bryan - took to the social media platform to crush the tournament’s decision to use the 18th hole for the playoff, which they felt gave Johnson a distinct advantage.

We'll let Jason Dufner have the last word on this debate.

Well OK then, moving on.

Whether or not the Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather superfight lived up to the ridiculous hype depends on who you ask, but several pros were up late watching and tweeting about the boxing match which was, at the very least, more interesting than many thought it would be. Ultimately Mayweather won by TKO in the 10th Round, improving his record to 50-0.

One pro's tweet made more noise than others, though, as Kyle Thompson compared what Mayweather stood to earn from the fight compared to how much money Woods has made on the course in his career. It's about triple. You read that correctly. Triple.

Now, the comparison is a little unfair considering that number reflects Mayweather's total take after sponsorship money and pay-per-views are added to his $100 million in guaranteed money. Both men are members of the rare billionaire sports figure club after counting endorsement deals, along with Jordan.

However, it's hard to argue with Thompson's larger point which was basically, "that's a lot of freakin' money for a night's work."

Golf is hard @fromdome24

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Important PSA with fantasy football season right around the corner: No one cares about your fantasy team outside of your fantasy league, and even that's a stretch. Not one single person. That includes the guys you have on your fantasy team.

So next time you think it would be a good idea to open your mouth and begin speaking about your fantasy team, heed this warning from Graham DeLaet and ... don't do it.

DeLaet had to put a couple of Twitter users in their place after they complained that he withdrew from last week's Northern Trust during the second round with an injury.

Fantasy sports is a fun game for you to play. So play with yourself.

There's much debate as to who exactly will make up the U.S. Presidents Cup roster, especially when it comes to Phil Mickelson. But as for another biennial team match, the Ryder Cup, one guy who won't be around, at least in 2018, is Andrew Hughes.

Who, you may asking? Exactly.

Hughes is just some guy who posted a smart-alack response to a European Tour's Facebook post asking how to qualify for the Ryder Cup. And he got an official reply.

Unfortunately for Hughes, he's a 16 handicap so 2018 isn't looking so good for him, but Thomas Bjorn chimed in with a promise to put in a good word in 2020 if he can bring that handicap down a few more strokes.

This Hughes character sounds like a real wildcard. The U.S. squad may want to start scouting him now.

The tone of The Social is generally pretty lighthearted, but there's nothing funny about what's happening in southeast Texas right now.

Hurricane Harvey has caused unprecedented flooding in the area, and while people's safety is the top priority, the golf courses have also taken a hit, and from the looks of things, they may never be the same.

Several photos were shared on Twitter Monday of the Champions Golf Club and the Golf Club of Houston, which hosts the PGA Tour's Houston Open, and the damage is mind-blowing.

The people that have had their lives turned upside down by this storm over the last several days could use all the help they can get. A couple ways you can help out is by donating to the Red Cross here or the Salvation Army here.

No one does, yentrog31. No one does.

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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

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

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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