On The Range Blog - February 8

By On The Range TeamFebruary 9, 2012, 2:00 am

On The Range Talent
Host: Gary Williams (Golf Channel)
Analyst: Wayne Player (Instructor & Founder of The Player Approach)
Analyst: Billy Kratzert (4-time PGA TOUR winner)

This Week’s Events
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Pebble Beach Golf Links (Host Course) - Pebble Beach, CA
Defending Champion - D.A. Points

Omega Dubai Desert Classic
Emirates GC - Dubai, UAE
Defending Champion - Alvaro Quiros

Marquee Player
Hunter Mahan
-Runner-up at 2011 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
-Finished Top 10 in last 4 PGA TOUR sanctioned event
-MC last week in Commercialbank Qatar Masters
-3 career PGA TOUR wins
-Swing Instructor: Sean Foley
-Caddie: John Wood

Course Survey
Pebble Beach Golf Links (Par 72 – 6,816 yards)
Spyglass Hill GC (Par 72 – 6,858 yards)
Monterey Peninsula (Par 70 - 6,838 yards)
-Putt to Win: 3 of the past 6 winners (’11 Points, ’07 Mickelson and ’06 Oberholser) have led the field in Putting Average while ’08 Lowery was 2nd. Points played his final two rounds at Pebble Beach last year and didn’t miss a putt inside of 9’ on the weekend (31 of 31).

-Look for a lot of birdies and eagles: Last year Points finished T1 in Birdie Average (5.75) and T1 in Total Eagles (2). In 2010, Dustin Johnson made 3 eagles en route to victory. Coincidentally, 4 of the past 5 winners have been Top 3 in Par 5 Scoring for the week.

-Gotta get off to a hot start: The past 3 winners were also the leader/co-leader at the end of the 1st Round (Points opened with a 63 last year, Johnson with a 64 and 65 the previous two years).

-Toughest Par 5 in golf: The 14th hole at Pebble Beach (Par 5, 573 yards) has played as the toughest Par 5 on the PGA TOUR the past two seasons. In 2010 it actually ranked 1st and 2nd toughest because of the U.S. Open also being played at Pebble Beach.

-Short and straight off the tee: Not only are Pebble Beach and Monterey Peninsula the two shortest courses on the PGA TOUR, but they have some of the easiest fairways to hit as well. On the 2011 PGA TOUR, Monterey Peninsula had the 4th highest driving accuracy percentage (76.85%) and Pebble Beach had the 6th easiest (70.29%). Spyglass Hill had the shortest average driving distance on TOUR (271.4)

-Putting is a pain 3 of 4 rounds: On the 2011 PGA TOUR, Monterey Peninsula ranked the toughest in Overall Putting Average, One-Putt Percentage, 3-Putt Avoidance and Putts Per Round. Pebble Beach ranked the toughest in putting percentage from 10’-15’, 15’-20’ and     20’-25’ while ranking 5th toughest inside 5’. Spyglass Hill on the other hand ranked as one of the easiest putting courses in nearly every category.

Top 5: Courses on the PGA TOUR
This week the PGA TOUR returns to Pebble Beach Golf Links, one of the top rated courses in the world. It's hosted U.S. Opens, The Clam Bake and numerous other high profile events, but how does it shake up against the rest of this year's schedule. Gary Williams, Billy Kratzert and Wayne Player share their thoughts on the Top 5 Courses on the PGA TOUR (Share your thoughts or Top 5 in the comments section):

Gary Williams
1. Pebble Beach ('It's America's Mona Lisa. It's the most remarkable golfing canvas in our country.')
2. Riviera
3. Bethpage Black
4. Muirfield Village
5. Quail Hollow

Billy Kratzert
1. Greenbrier ('The Old White TPC is an old style, straight forward course. Love the radar greens!')
2. Pebble Beach
3. Riviera
4. East Lake
5. Colonial

Wayne Player
1. Pebble Beach ('No golf course can replicate the great ocean views and overall experience of Pebble Beach')
2. Muirfield Village
3. Bay Hill
4. Quail Hollow
5. PGA National 

Featured Groups
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Coverage Begins Thursday at 2:30PM ET on Golf Channel

Thursday, 12:50PM ET, 1st Tee (Spyglass Hill GC) 
Phil Mickelson & Skip McGee, Kevin Na & Jimmy Dunne III

Thursday, 1:01PM ET, 1st Tee (Pebble Beach GL)
Dustin Johnson & Joe Rice, Kyle Thompson & Nat Hardwick

Thursday, 1:01PM ET, 10th Tee (Spyglass Hill GC)
Tiger Woods & Tony Romo, Arjun Atwal & Danny Lane

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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 Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

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

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


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


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