Odds and ends for the 2012 season

By John HawkinsJanuary 10, 2012, 6:51 pm

Johnny Vegas – not to be confused with Jhonny Vegas – here with the early (and very unofficial) line on 2012, otherwise known as a betting man’s guide to the upcoming golf season. From Tiger Woods’ latest to the not-so-greatest, your guess is as good as mine. Good luck getting yours posted on a website.

Odds on United States reclaiming the Ryder Cup: 6-to-7, or slightly better than 50 percent. I was loopy enough to pick the Freddies over the Sharkies at Royal Melbourne, and I see no reason to turn unpatriotic now. For all the noise made out of Camp Euro, America has more top-level players, a better qualification system and home-field advantage. By the way, anyone seen Graeme Mcdowell lately?

Over/under on total number of PGA Tour victories by the Dude in the Red Shirt: 2.9. That Chevron triumph was nice and all, but there aren’t a whole lot of regular-season Tour stops with 18-man fields. That said, Woods finally is trending north again. The Haney-era dominance seems like decades ago, the Butch barrage ancient, but Sir Eldramatic still has a pocketful of Ws left in him.

Odds Phil Mickelson will return to top 5 in world ranking before Easter: 3-1, and I’m being a bit gracious there (he’s currently 15th).

Odds Mickelson returns to top 5 right after Easter: Even money. The Masters begins April 5, appropriately known (at least this spring) as Holy Thursday - Lefty’s previous three green jackets were all won in even-numbered years.

Who pops off first, Steve Williams or Bubba Watson? Not an easy race to handicap, folks. Given that we’re smack-dab in the middle of the NFL playoffs, I’ll make Stevie a three-point favorite, primarily because Bubba is well-rested and won’t get within 5,000 miles of France before March.

Most likely to win a major championship: Rory McIlroy (3-1). His golf ball goes where he tells it to go — at least it has since it made that sharp-left turn toward Butler Cabin. McIlready is fully aware that he’s poised on the cusp of super-duperstardom, and those tournament-killer rounds appear to be a thing of the past.

The line behind the Irish kid: Woods (5-1), Martin Kaymer (6-1), Lee Westwood (15-2), Mickelson (8-1). Call me a sentimentalist, but after last year’s major-winner raffle, you’ve gotta go chalk.

Odds Win McMurry will repeat as champion of the Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge: 5-1. Anyone who spends that much time in the Orlando studio is sure to be a handful, but back-to-back? Picking winners of golf tournaments is like fishing for guppies with a net. Not for nothing, I wouldn’t bet on myself with your money.

Who will finish the year higher in the world ranking, Sergio Garcia or Adam Scott? Dual headliners in the Fallen-Phenoms-on-the-Upswing division, both matinee idols revived their careers in 2011. Scott currently ranks sixth in the world, Sergio 18th (you win a couple of soft-field events on your home turf and, just like that, you crack the top 20). That said, Scott is a solid six-point favorite in my parlor. His dramatically improved performance in premium-field events last year hints at big things ahead, and though his caddie should stay away from all microphones, Stevie’s a good man to have around late Sunday afternoon.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

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.

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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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