Presents for Naughty and Nice
Here’s a sneak peek of who’s getting what…
Tiger Woods: A box of red shirts that work.
Elin Nordegren: A lie detector.
Phil Mickelson: A bigger mantle.
Ernie Els: An emerald blazer.
Graeme McDowell: A scrapbook.
Lee Westwood: A rear-view mirror. He’s clearly the game’s most consistent top-tier player, but philosophically, I don’t think anyone should reach No. 1 in the Official World Ranking without a major title in his pocket.
Sergio Garcia: A mirror. The guy needs to take a good look at himself.
Dustin Johnson: A garden hose. The better to rinse away any lingering effects of those hassles in the sand.
LPGA commissioner Michael Whan: A Richter scale. Now if he could just find somebody to make it register.
U.S. Open setup man Mike Davis: Earplugs.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem: A giant pickle. If he hopes to preserve the Tour's purse structure while negotiating the next TV contract, he may find himself in one.
Steve Stricker: A pair of fangs.
Jeff Overton: Are you kidding? A boombox.
Jim Furyk: He’ll pass on Christmas if it gets him a more meaningful gift next Father’s Day, which is when they play the final round of the U.S. Open.
Rory McIlroy: An entire morning with Vidal Sassoon.
Luke Donald: A trophy. Doesn’t matter what size.
Hunter Mahan: Seeing how he gets himself into the hunt on a regular basis nowadays, a bulletproof vest.
Boo Weekley: A pair of binoculars. An avid outdoorsman who has fallen to 240th in the world ranking, Boo needs something to shrink the distance between where he is now and where he was two years ago.
Matt Kuchar: A mountain bike. If he’s gonna keep climbing, there are better ways to do it than by foot.
Anthony Kim: A parachute.
Paul Casey and Ian Poulter: For a couple of well-mannered Brits who keep knocking on the door, how about a sledgehammer?
Bubba Watson: A treadmill. Keep putting one foot in front of the other, even if it looks like you’re not getting anywhere.
Fred Couples: A lifetime supply of free massages, courtesy the Champions Tour.
Jack Nicklaus: A vault. The perfect place to store the game’s most valuable record, although it may turn out to be safe, after all.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
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.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
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
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.
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
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18