Shift in Momentum

By John HawkinsOctober 3, 2010, 1:58 am

Ryder CupMomentum has done a 180, leaving Europe with all the positive vibes and the United States with a very tenuous 6-4 lead at the conclusion of Ryder Cup Saturday. If you didn’t know better, it looked like the Yanks felt guilty for stealing the final point of the second session – Stewart Cink and Matt Kuchar basically won the last three holes to beat Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy, 1 up.

The Euros lead in all six suspended matches, four of them by advantages of 2 up or more, though none have reached the back nine. Darkness did not arrive soon enough for the Americans, who seemed worn down from the outset of the “makeup session” that features a pair of foursomes games in addition to four better-balls. For all the hand-wringing to be done in the U.S. team room Saturday evening, the mission when play resumes should be rather clear.

Salvage at least two points Sunday morning. Anything more would amount to a huge bonus – and allow the Yanks to retain the lead heading into singles – but this is no time to get greedy. With Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker 4 down and Zach Johnson and Hunter Mahan trailing by three on the eighth tee, both alternate-shot tilts appear to be lost causes. Phil Mickelson remains winless and has failed to get anything going with Rickie Fowler after a failed partnership with Dustin Johnson.

At this point, it would be silly to expect anything from Philly Mick – he lost 3 down in his first two matches with Johnson and is 2 down now. That infamous, ill-fated pairing with Tiger Woods in 2004 continues to haunt Mickelson, who has won just one of 14 matches since. As good as he has been at the Presidents Cup, Lefty has been just as awful against the Euros, and if you’re U.S. captain Corey Pavin, you’re looking for a place to hide Mickelson in the singles, most likely the middle of the lineup.

Despite superb performances from unlikely sources such as Jeff Overton and Stewart Cink, plus a pair of wins from Woods-Stricker, the U.S. doesn’t find itself in a position of strength heading into Sunday. If there’s one thing to be learned from watching Ryder Cup over the years, it’s that momentum is a moody old cuss, capable of switching its allegiance at any moment, often without an obvious reason. Although the Yanks were headed in the wrong direction when play was called Friday, they came out Saturday morning and won the opening session, then turned their one-point lead into two in the afternoon.

Twenty-four hours later, with the action in the third session halted at virtually the same point as was the first, the U.S. has to deal with the ramifications of tricky reality. There is a ton of golf to be played, the outcome of 16 matches still to be resolved, but now, it’s all about damage control. The tide has shifted, and as the Euros dig into the deficit, Celtic Manor’s galleries will become an even greater factor. Two points Sunday morning means a tie ballgame heading into the finale. As little as that may sound, it could be a lot to ask for.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.

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

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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


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


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

Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.