More Golf to be Played More Money to be Made

By Mercer BaggsNovember 2, 2002, 5:00 pm
PGA Tour (75x100)Youve just wrapped up a full season. Youve traveled more than Magellan without a map. Youve pocketed millions of dollars. So what do you do for the two months in between the end of 2002 and the beginning of 2003?
You play more golf.
Unlike many sports, there is no true off-season in golf. Though nothing is official until the start of the Mercedes Championships in January, the money earned in November and December still counts in your account. That means many in this weeks Tour Championship field have more golf to play, and more cash to bank.
Tiger Woods will take a little time off before a hectic three weeks.
Hell travel to Japan for the Dunlop Phoenix Open, Nov. 21-24; will play the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Hawaii, Nov. 26-27; will then compete in the Skins Game in California, Nov. 31-Dec. 1; and will also host his own 12-man tournament, the Target World Challenge, back in the Golden State, Dec. 5-8.
After that, Ill take a month off before the Mercedes, Woods said. Its kind of hard to believe that our season is going to start up pretty soon.
Phil Mickelsons schedule isnt much different. He will play alongside Woods in the Skins Game, and has received an invitation to the Target World Challenge. Hell also represent the United States in the following weeks World Cup in Mexico. He would have been Tigers teammate, but Woods withdrew, leaving Phil to play with good friend and Ryder Cup partner David Toms.
The worlds No. 2 isnt accustomed to playing this much this late in the year. He sat out four months after last years NEC Invitational in August. In the process, he skipped The Tour Championship and the Mercedes Championships.
His reason for doing so was family. His wife, Amy, gave birth to their second daughter last October. She is once again pregnant, and is expecting their third child ' gender unknown ' in March, around the time of The Players Championship.
Because of this, Mickelson is unsure of his schedule in early 2003; therefore, he said he wants to play as much as he can right now.
Tour Championship winner Vijay Singh said he has a couple of outings in Asia that I have to do that are only weekends, more or less a holiday break. Hell also compete in the Target and World Cup.
Other international travelers include Sergio Garcia. The 22-year-old Spaniard heads from Atlanta to his homeland for the European Tours season-ending Volvo Masters. You can also see him in Singapore for a Skins Game; in Japan for the Dunlop Phoenix; and in South Africa for the Nedbank Golf Challenge, where he will try and defend his million-dollar title.
Charles Howell III will also put plenty of stamps on his passport.
Ill be in Orlando next week and I leave Friday to go to Japan (for the Visa Taiheiyo Masters) and then I go from Japan down to Melbourne to play in the Australian Open. Then Ill be back in Orlando, Howell said.
Never been to Japan, but I bought my two little books for the translation words here and there. So I can say hello and good-bye, and I dont like sushi, so its not boding very well for me.
And what will he do when he finally gets an extended stay at home?
Ill just practice, he said. Thats one of the main reasons I live in Orlando, for good weather in the off-season. Ill have the whole month of December off and do some practicing then.
Said his father, Charles, matter-of-factly: He doesnt have a lot of interests outside of golf.
Before this years U.S. Open, Howell said his instructor, David Leadbetter, forced him to take a vacation in the Bahamas ' without his clubs.
That was the first time I had ever taken more than one day off in my life. That felt odd, Howell said. I was going into spasms about that third day.
Singh knows the feeling.
Aside from the tournaments hes schedule to play, Singh will continue his legendary daylong practice sessions, as well as his fitness regimen.
Im looking forward to the off-season now. Im going to work much harder and get much stronger. Look out, Im not done yet, he advised.
Not all will be working on their games or their bodies, however.
Steve Lowery said he was going to shut it downIve got a few commitments, but Im not playing any tournaments, probably until next year.
David Duval, who didnt qualify for the Tour Championship, said that after the Buick Challenge, I have a tournament in Japan (Dunlop Phoenix) and a one-day thing in Mexico, and other than that you wont see me until the 27th of January.
While Duval wouldnt go into detail as to what he would be doing in his downtime, newly chosen Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton had only two specifics in mind.
Im working on losing weight, spending time with my kids, said the burly father of three.
Ernie Els will be spending the majority of his downtime with his wife and daughter, as well.
Basically, rest, help my wife out with the family, said Els of his future plans.
This years British Open champion own four homes ' in the Bahamas, Wentworth, Orlando and South Africa. He said he would spend most of his time in his native country, and might throw a party or two.
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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 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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