European Tour Report Cards

By Mercer BaggsNovember 28, 2001, 5:00 pm
Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of articles rating the performance of players on the LPGA, European, Senior and PGA Tours in 2001. We will rate one Tour each day, beginning with the PGA Tour and now the European circuit.
 
European TourBirdies, Pars and Bogeys ' thats how were rating performances this year on the European Tour.
 
Birdies
No one in Europe had a better season than Retief Goosen. The South African won three sanctioned events, including the United States Open. He also captured his first Order of Merit title.
 
Padraig Harrington finished runner-up to Goosen in earnings. The Irishman was able to turn a Par year into a Birdie year by winning the season finale Volvo Masters. He spent the majority of the year inside the top 10 on the money list ' thanks to six runner-up finishes ' but his win to close the campaign moved him into the second-place slot, his best ever finish on tour.
 
Bernhard Langer entered this year winless since 1997. That changed with a victory in the TNT Dutch Open. He ended the season sixth on the Order of Merit(money title.)
 
Likewise, Ian Woosnam won for the first time in four years by defeating Harrington, Goosen, Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood in the Cisco World Match Play Championship. The title wasnt official, but it was quite impressive ' and worthy of a Birdie.
 
Thomas Bjorn also had a striking victory. The Dane went head-to-head with Tiger Woods and came out on top in the Dubai Desert Classic. That, in and of itself, accounts for a successful season.
 
It marked his fourth consecutive year with at least one win.
 
Meanwhile, Adam Scott, Angel Cabrera, Henrik Stenson, Tobias Dier, Paul Casey, Ricardo Gonzalez, Jorge Berendt, Gregory Havret and Darren Fichardt made their maiden trips into the tours winner circle.
 
Casey was named the 2001 European Tour Rookie of the Year, thanks to his victory in the Scottish PGA Championship.
 
Justin Rose didnt win this season, but for the first time in three years he didnt have to go to the tours qualifying tournament to earn his card. Rose finished 33rd on the money list.
 
Jean Hugo was one spot back of Rose on the Order of Merit. The South African rookie had three top-4s.
 
Pars
After seven straight years as Europes best, Montgomerie relinquished that title in 2000 by finishing sixth in earnings. This year he climbed a spot into fifth place, but it was still a lackluster season for the 38-year-old Scot.
 
Montgomerie won twice ' extending his streak of multiple-win seasons on the European Tour to nine. But once again he failed to win the big one ' or at least one of the big ones. In fact, Montgomerie didnt even produce a top-10 in the majors this season.
 
Miguel Angel Jimenez established himself as one of Europes best with back-to-back multiple-win seasons in 1998 and 99. But for the second straight year the 37-year-old Spaniard went winless.
 
Jimenez dipped to 20th on the Order of Merit. But perhaps his biggest disappointment was failing to earn a berth on the Ryder Cup team.
 
In 2000 Gary Orr was the best European player of whom you might not have heard. After seven years without a victory the Scot won twice, earned two runners-up and finished 10th in earnings.
 
This year, however, Orr went back to his ways of old. He collected four top-10s without a win and finished 43rd on the money list (his third worst finish since joining the tour in 1993).
 
Having won five times in his career and nearly capturing the 1995 British Open, Costantino Rocca may not be entirely pleased with his 2001 season. But it was a far cry from a dismal 2000.
 
Coming off a year when he made only 10 of 25 cuts and finished 152nd in cash, Rocca rebounded, collecting a second-place finish in the French Open en route to a 74th-place finish in earnings.
 
For nearly a decade the Italian never concluded a year outside the top-40 on the Order of Merit; this is the second successive season hes done so, but its certainly a step in the right direction.
 
Bogeys
Westwood went the wrong way in 2001. After overthrowing Montgomerie at the top of the Order of Merit, the Englishman fell all the way to 52nd in earnings.
 
He failed to finish inside the top-40 in any of the majors; though, he skipped the Masters Tournament due to the birth of his first child.
 
Most surprising, however, was the fact that he didnt win on tour for the first time in six seasons ' this from a man who won 12 times in three years.
 
Jamie Spence also experienced a disappointing descent in 2001.
 
The Englishman won once in 2000 and earned a trip to the Volvo Masters with his 36th-place finish on the Order of Merit. This year, though, he had more withdrawals than top-10s (2-to-1). His horrendous season ended with a 141st ranking on the money list.
 
Patrik Sjoland joined the European Tour in 1996 and has since been a fixture inside the top-60 on the Order of Merit. He even finished fifth in the money department in 1998.
 
But this year the Swede missed 11 cuts in 25 starts and couldnt muster a top-10. He ended a frustrating campaign 93rd in earnings ' his worst ever finish.
 
Likewise, Jean Van de Velde endured his worst season as a professional. As he did a year ago, the Frenchman tried to split his time between the European and PGA Tours.
 
But unlike 2000 ' when he finished 32nd on the European money list and 60th in the U.S. ' Van de Velde ended 2001 107th in Europe and 158th in America.
 
He played in a combined 26 tournaments and garnered two top-10s. His second-place finish in the Cannes Open was his sole savior in securing his 2002 European Tour card.
 
Check out who made the grade on the PGA Tour
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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.


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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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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup


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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green


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


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Trump golf properties

Vandalism

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Finances


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

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Reportedly fake TIME covers


Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover


Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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Pros comment on the president

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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.