Hot Seat: South Florida sizzle

By Randall MellFebruary 28, 2012, 2:15 pm

You might want to turn down your air conditioner. It can get steamy in this part of our website with our weekly look at who is taking a place on golf’s Hot Seat.

Here is our special heat index with the PGA Tour moving to the Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens:

South Florida spicy salsa – Luke Donald

Let’s see, Donald has now gone two PGA Tour events in a row without winning, so it must be time to panic over a sluggish start to 2012, right?

Of course not, even with that final-round 78 at the Northern Trust Open and that first-round rout at the hands of Ernie Els at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, but that doesn’t mean Donald won’t find himself squirming on his seat at home come Sunday if he’s watching the Honda Classic.

Donald isn’t playing this week, but his run at No. 1, which has reached 40 weeks, could end with Rory McIlroy in the field at PGA National. According to the newest Official World Golf Ranking projection. McIlroy ascends to No. 1 with a victory at Honda, but only a victory. Lee Westwood is also in the field but he can't get to No. 1 this week.

Palm Beach blacktop at high noon – Rory McIlroy

If McIlroy is going to reach No. 1 for the first time, it serves him to do so with a victory. If he ultimately goes on to displace Donald with a second at Doral after a second at Accenture, there will be some grumbling over whether he has yet developed enough killer instinct to prevail for any length of time at No. 1. If McIlroy takes the top ranking merely with a run of good finishes, there will be questions about whether McIlroy has won enough to be considered the game’s top player. McIlroy has four worldwide titles, two on the European Tour, two on the PGA Tour. At 22, that’s impressive, especially considering the way he won his two PGA Tour titles, in an eight-shot runaway at the U.S. Open and closing with a 62 to win the Quail Hollow Championship. He’s showing a gift for the spectacular when he peaks. A Honda Classic victory will put him second behind Tiger Woods for most PGA Tour titles before age 23. Woods won seven times before his 23rd birthday. Sergio Garcia won three PGA Tour titles before he was 23.

Desert sunburn – Lee Westwood

Westwood took so much confidence into his semifinal match at Accenture, but he blew a 3-up lead losing to McIlroy. A victory at PGA National can help wash away the sour taste of that defeat. A victory there creates terrific Masters’ momentum in Westwood’s bid to win his first major.

South Florida high humidity – Tiger Woods

Woods pretty much lives on the hot seat, it’s just a matter of how hot the seat gets. After missing that 5 1/2-foot birdie putt at the final hole to lose to Nick Watney in the second round at Accenture, Woods has more doubts to slay, more demons to extinguish. There is always excitement when Woods tees it up in an event, but it feels heightened, if that’s possible, seeing him at a new venue in his first Honda Classic as a professional. He played it once back in his amateur days.

Molten magma pit – Anyone teeing it up in the Bear Trap

If the March winds howl the way they usually do in South Florida, the Bear Trap could offer more thrills and spills than any trio of holes this side of Augusta National’s Amen Corner. The 15th, 16th and 17th holes at PGA National are notoriously punishing in the wind with so much water guarding those three holes. A potential disaster lurks there for the leaders come Sunday night.

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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


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

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.