Quotes of the Week

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 11, 2012, 5:30 pm

'The setup and the finish that we have proposed envision a lot of half-par holes. So short par 4s, short par 3, reachable par 5 ... Some people are afraid to finish golf courses that way because they don't want guys walking off going birdie, birdie, eagle, and I think it would be awesome if they did that.' – Gil Hanse, after he was selected to design the golf course for the 2016 Olympics.

“It would have been easier to go with a big name. And instead, they went with the best. I thought that was pretty cool.” – Phil Mickelson, on the announcement that Gil Hanse will design the 2016 Olympic golf course in Rio.

'There’s only one way to go when you’re No. 1.' – Luke Donald, joking with Lee Westwood about losing his No. 1 world ranking.

“I don’t have the energy today, sorry guys.” – Sergio Garcia, to a group of reporters following his 4-over 76 Sunday at the WGC-Cadillac. He hit four balls in the water on the par-4 third for an octuple bogey-12.

'We had to dedicate so much time to driving, and getting the ball in the fairway. We fixed that. Now it’s on to other aspects of the game.' – Tiger Woods, on the state of his game coming into Doral and on the road to Augusta.

'If you’re good enough, you’re old enough.' – Rory McIlroy, remembering what his father has always said to him, after being asked if he thought all of his success has come at an early age.

“I think me and Hunter (Mahan) swing similar. Tiger does the opposite of what we do.” – Justin Rose, on how his swing differs from Tiger Woods’, despite all three being students of the same swing coach – Sean Foley.

“I'm going to say this off the record even though we are on live television. I'm hearing rumors about getting the U.S. Women's Open.” – Donald Trump, referring to the 2017 edition of the U.S. Women’s Open being played at Trump Bedminster in New Jersey, during a press conference in front of a room full of reporters and TV cameras. 

“I like Canadians for some reason, I don't know why. Surrounded by them.' – Hunter Mahan, on the team of Canucks that he surrounds himself with professionally. Mahan is taught by Sean Foley, represented by Chris Armstrong, has physio work done by Dr. Craig Davies and Jim Murphy is his sports psychology therapist. All of them are from Canada.

“He just got his whole life where he wants. … He’s married, he has a new baby coming, he’s playing great golf. And now this. It’s the same cancer that’s come back, the same leukemia.” – Robert Allenby, on Jarrod Lyle’s most recent battles with cancer. Lyle was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at age 17 and suffered a recurrence of leukemia this week upon returning home to Australia to prepare for the birth of his first child.

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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.