On The Range Blog - March 28

By On The Range TeamMarch 29, 2012, 1:00 am

On The Range Talent
Host: Gary Williams (Golf Channel)
Analyst: Bill Harmon (Instructor & Caddie for Bill & Jay Haas)
Analyst: Tripp Isenhour (Golf Channel Analyst)

This Week’s Events
Shell Houston Open
Redstone GC Tournament Course - Humble, TX
Defending Champion: Phil Mickelson

Kraft Nabisco Championship
Mission Hills Country Club - Rancho Mirage, CA
Defending Champion: Yani Tseng

Featured Players
Yani Tseng
-#1 in Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings
-2010 Kraft Nabisco Champion
-5-time LPGA Major Champion
-15 career LPGA Tour wins
-Caddie: Jason Hamilton
-Swing Coach: Gary Gilchrist

Ernie Els
-Needs Shell Houston Open win for Masters invitation
-3-time Major Champion
-18 career PGA TOUR wins
-T4 last week in Arnold Palmer Invitational
-Caddie: Dan Quinn
-Swing Coach: Claude Harmon III

Course Survey
Redstone GC Tournament Course (Par 72 – 7,457 yards)

-Distance prevails over accuracy: 4 of the past 5 winners have finished Top 10 in Driving Distance for the week. 4 of the past 5 winners have also finished Top 2 in Par 5 Scoring. None of the past 5 winners have ranked in the Top 35 in Driving Accuracy. In fact, Mickelson ranked T71 last year and Kim ranked 80th, which was dead last in the field.

-Hit the green, make the putt: The past 4 winners have all finished Top 10 for the week in Putting Average. Plus, with Redstone having a high proximity to the hole, it’s no surprise 2010 winner Anthony Kim and 2009 winner Paul Casey both led the field in Putts Made Over 25 Feet.

-Don’t miss the green in the rough: Redstone GC has ranked the toughest course in Scrambling from the Rough on the PGA TOUR the past 3 seasons. Last year, players that missed the green in the rough got up-and-down only 38.95%. Scrambling is not so tough everywhere else however. Sand Save Percentage ranked 29th (49.95%) and Scrambling from the Fringe was fourth easiest on TOUR with a rank of 43rd (93.08%).

Top 5: Players on the LPGA Tour
The first Major of the golf season is this week on the LPGA Tour, the Kraft Nabisco Championship. All the top players on Tour will be teeing it up this week, but just who are the top players? Here are the results of our On The Range Poll and our analyst rankings for Top 5 Players on the LPGA Tour (Share your thoughts or Top 5 in the comments section): 

Bill Harmon
1. Yani Tseng
2. Lexi Thompson
3. Suzann Pettersen
4. Jiyai Shin
5. Cristie Kerr

Viewer Poll Results

1. Yani Tseng
2. Suzann Pettersen
3. Ai Miyazato
4. Na Yeon Choi
5. Jiyai Shin


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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