Sean Foley is in San Martin, California this week with his student Tiger Woods at the Frys.com Open. As time has gone on, the routines he has been working on with Tiger have gotten simpler and right now he is focused on making sure Tiger’s club face is square and that his swing is on plane. Since the PGA Championship, Tiger has been fully cleared to practice and he has spent a great deal of time at Medalist Golf Club practicing and improving his swing. He does not pay attention to a lot of the media coverage of his work with Tiger Woods although he is not immune to having his feelings hurt by certain comments. He knows that the coverage is going to be intensive but he feels that he won’t be too frustrated if he stays grounded and understands what the realities are and just tries to be the best he can be. People go through valleys in life and Tiger has certainly been through valleys recently but he is coming out of it. Anything can happen in golf so as a result he does not tend to make projections of what a successful week would be but he hopes that Tiger will be able to maintain good control from tee to green as well as a strong short game because those are things that he has worked on with Tiger. So many factors beyond one’s control come into play during a golf tournament and since he cannot control those things, he does not tend to worry about them. He only wants to focus on the things that he can influence. His other students like Justin Rose and Hunter Mahan are very different from Tiger physically but all three have similar philosophies. Given the right amount of time with a player, he and a player can have great success together. No one sees the day to day work that he and Tiger Woods put into improving his golf swing and his game so the media will judge their progress together in their own way. Due to time and injury constraints, he and Tiger have had roughly four months to work together over the past year since they started the teacher-student relationship. All he can do each day is be there for his student and do what he/she has paid him to do. His newborn son Kieran has had some health struggles and that has put things in perspective to where various criticisms of his work with Tiger or other players do not really matter. Kieran has made incredible progress and he is growing and gaining weight which is a true blessing. He joined Justin Rose, Nick Faldo, Gary Woodland, and Ian Poulter for a Blessings in a Backpack event at Lake Nona on Monday and that event was a perfect opportunity for him to give back to the community that has given him so much. It is amazing but 6 out of 10 children in the United States received subsidized food from the government and so many of those kids are hungry when they are away from school. He can’t imagine his own child not eating so Blessings in a Backpack has provided an opportunity for him and others to give kids the chance to bring home food and not be hungry. It is $80 to feed one child for an entire year and if a child is properly nourished that child can properly utilize his or her cognitive abilities and live to their potential. Justin Rose is truly a class act with what he is doing through that charity.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
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.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.
The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
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.
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
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18