Top 10 tough acts to follow

By Jay CoffinJanuary 27, 2010, 7:00 pm
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1. Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson in contention on the back nine Sunday at Augusta. It happened last year when the two main attractions had the patrons in a frenzy.  Woods birdied Nos. 13, 15 and 16 but bogeyed the last two. Mickelson shot 30 on the front side.

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2. An American Ryder Cup captain as dynamic as Paul Azinger. It’ll be a tough ask of Corey Pavin this year as his personality is considerably different from Azinger, who tweaked the points standings then rode his pod system to victory on home soil.

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3. A Michelle Wie victory. The Big Wiesy should be able to handle this one, although the tall Hawaiian kept us waiting last year until an 11th-hour win at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico. It’d be greedy to ask for multiple victories, but the LPGA probably wouldn’t mind.

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4. A senior in the hunt at the Open Championship. It’s happened the past two years with Greg Norman and Tom Watson respectively. No way it happens again, right?david duval us open

5. David Duval contends for another major. Double D charmed the New York galleries at Bethpage last summer at the U.S. Open and nearly pulled off what would’ve been the feelgood story of the decade. After a triple bogey on the third hole of the final round, Duval birdied 14, 15 and 16, but bogeyed 17 and tied for second place.yang tiger pga

6. Someone stares Tiger Woods in the face and beats him at a major championship. I root neither for nor against Woods, but watching Y.E. Yang take down golf’s Goliath was good for the game. It was the first time it had ever happened to Woods at a major. Will it be the last?

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7. The LPGA Player of the Year race comes down to the last round of the year. Lorena Ochoa and Jiyai Shin waited until the final hole of the year to determine the winner. Ochoa saved bogey on the 17th then made a 20-footer for birdie at the last to win by a whisker.

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8. A walk-off of any kind at Bay Hill. It’s been Tiger Woods the past two years but it doesn’t have to be him this year. I just want to see someone make a putt they have to make on the final hole to win by a shot.

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9. An eagle on the 72nd hole from someone to win an LPGA major. Brittany Lincicome made eagle on the final hole of the Kraft Nabisco Championship in one of the most exciting women’s majors in the past decade. Lincicome hit a drive 275-yards, followed with a hybrid from 210-yards to 4 feet and made the putt to beat friends Kristy McPherson and Cristie Kerr.

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10. A 15-shot triumph at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. It happened 10 years ago when “you-know-who” finished more than two touchdowns ahead of Ernie Els and Miguel Angel Jimenez. Can’t see this happening in a million years, but Pebble Beach is a majestic place.

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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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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open


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Vandalism

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Finances


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

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Reportedly fake TIME covers


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Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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Pros comment on the president

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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