Project 99 The Unforgettable Year

By Mercer BaggsOctober 30, 2009, 9:22 am

Project 99After 17 years of waiting, we finally had a chance to party like it was 1999. Or at least enjoy the fact that it wasn’t yet two thousand zero zero.

The Denver Broncos celebrated their second consecutive Super Bowl. The Dow Jones broke 10,000. The Euro was born. Woodstock was revived. Brandi Chastain ripped off her shirt. Napster ripped off musicians. And the world population surpassed 6 billion.

Shakespeare fell in love. Keanu Reeves entered a matrix. Brad Pitt started a fight club.

Eminem rapped. Santana rocked. Cher believed.

George W. Bush declared his candidacy for President of the United States. Hugo Chavez became President of Venezula. And Vladamir Putin ascended to acting President of Russia.

John F. Kennedy Jr.’s plane crashed off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard killing him, his wife and his wife’s sister. Two teenage students killed 12 classmates, one teacher and themselves at Columbine.

Joe DiMaggio died. So, too, did Stanley Kubrik, George C. Scott, Wilt Chamberlain and Walter Payton.

It all happened – and then some – in 1999.

A decade ago, we thought we were laying to rest the 20th century; though, really we weren’t. Then again, we thought a bug was going to send us back to the dark ages.

We assumed the Yankees would never again lose a World Series, and Michael Jordan would never again play basketball.

Anna Kournikova ruled cyberspace, while Venus and Serena Williams were beginning their reign on the courts.

Evander Holyfield fought Lennox Lewis; Pete Rose wanted to punch Jim Gray.

We felt safe from the outside world, if not in our own schools.

And, we wondered what lie ahead, even if we figured we had just about seen it all – even in golf.

When a young, black man wins the Masters and becomes the greatest golfer in the world, what else is there to see in this sport?

Turned out, quite a bit. Especially from that very young man.

Ten years ago, Tiger Woods showed us his triumph at Augusta was historic, but we hadn’t seen nothing yet. Eight wins and one major – unbelievable then; not even in his top 5 seasons now.

Every year in golf has its unique happenings, the things that make it special.

In 1999, Paul Azinger became the first player to use a belly putter on the PGA Tour. Juli Inkster won a pair of majors and gained entry into the LPGA Hall of Fame. The U.S. Golf Association began testing for “spring-like effect” in metal drivers. The World Golf Championships were born. Jose Maria Olazabal became the latest to deny Greg Norman a green jacket. And the great Gene Sarazen passed away.

But certain events transpired that transcended that season. They’re not just bullet points of an individual year; they’re highlights in golf history.

Beginning Monday, GolfChannel.com will showcase the five most memorable stories from that unforgettable season, re-telling the tales from the perspective of those who were there.

Our GolfChannel.com writers and contributors will give you a first-hand look inside the happenings, reminding you of things you may have forgotten, introducing you to things you never knew and allowing you to relive moments that will never die.

  • The PGA Championship: Beyond Woods and Garcia
  • The curious case of David Duval
  • Payne Stewart’s major triumph and major tragedy
  • The Jean Van de Velde follies
  • The greatest finish in Ryder Cup history
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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.