Sorenstorm

By Kelly TilghmanMarch 26, 2001, 5:00 pm
Here at The Golf Channel, the reporters and anchors receive what we like to call a three-month outlook of our schedules. Basically it gives us a pretty solid idea of the events that well be traveling to and the nights that we are anchoring Golf Central as well as other shows.
 
Early this year I noticed that I drew the Standard Register Ping and the Nabisco Championship in back to back weeks and was originally excited about the chance to spend a little time in the desert where I once lived and, of course, the opportunity to catch up with some old friends on tour. I had no idea of the history that was about to take place.
 
On Friday at the Standard Register Ping, my cameraman Al and I showed up around our usual time hoping that a nice story would surface at some point during the day. The first thing I saw when I looked up at the scoreboard was:
Annika Sorenstam '8 '9 '10 '11 '12 '13 '14 '15
 
That of course, was her score in relation to par. She had birdied her first eight holes. No offense to the LPGA, but I had to verify that score with someone official before I got too excited. As soon as that happened, Al and I jumped on a cart and chased her down. We let her finish No. 9 and we set up our camera on the first green of her back nine. We proceeded to watch her make three consecutive birdies. Even she couldnt believe what was going on. Her husband David walked around with us talking about how hard shed been working on her game and how it was about to pay off. He was thinking 57.
 
At days end, it couldve easily been a 57, but Annika walked away satisfied with 59 in a heartbeat.
 
And speaking of heartbeat, I dont know how she did it. When she was standing over birdies putts, MY heart was pounding. Its the most excited Ive ever been in any day at the office. I had just witnessed history. The thing that impressed me the most was that she had just come off a record setting performance in Tucson the week before. What she was doing was incredible. I couldnt help but wonder though, had she spent all of her good fortune the week before a major?
 
At one point during her round of 59 I asked Annikas husband David what was more exciting to her, shooting 59, or winning majors? He said without even a second to spare, majors.
 
Did she peak too soon?
 
Obviously not.
 
Annika Sorenstam is riding a wave of confidence unlike any other Ive seen in a long time in womens golf. Granted Tiger is the exception in mens golf, but Annika is taking womens golf to the next level.
 

She openly admitted how desperately she wanted to win the Nabisco Championship. She publicly stated her goal before the week started, then she methodically went about her business and once again, left every player in her dust, including Karrie Webb.
 
There is no doubt in my mind that Annika is the best player in the world right now and Karrie will have to wait at least another two months to even have a chance to reclaim that honor. Webb is taking the next 5 weeks off and the U.S. Open is the next major in June.
 
While Webb is recharging her batteries, Sorenstam will continue on with the LPGA schedule trying to set a new record for consecutive victories. Right now the number is four for scheduled wins and five for straight starts (Nancy Lopez in 1978).
 
When youre hot, youre hot and Sorenstam is letting everyone know that she is number one. But in reality, the best part of the scenario is shes not doing it for anyone but herself.
 
What do you think of Annika's performance over the last three weeks?
Share your thoughts!
 
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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

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

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.