Mells Top 10 Players Under 30

By Randall MellJanuary 6, 2010, 10:29 am

Rory McIlroy

1. Rory McIlroy (20): Northern Ireland’s rising young star cracked the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking last fall. He won the Dubai Desert Classic last February, tied for third at the PGA Championship at Hazeltine and tied for 10th at the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black.

Anthony Kim

2. Anthony Kim (24): Couldn’t follow up two ’08 PGA Tour titles with any wins in ’09, but his record-setting 11 birdies in the second round of the Masters last spring reminded us what he’s capable of doing on big stages.

Camilo Villegas

3. Camilo Villegas (27): After winning twice in ’08, Villegas was steady if unspectacular in ’09. He started last season No. 7 in the Official World Golf Ranking; starts ’10 ranked No. 23.

Nick Watney

4. Nick Watney (28): Won the Buick Invitational last year. A fifth-place finish at the HSBC Champions in China in November was his second top-5 finish in a World Golf Championship in ‘09.

Martin Kaymer

5. Martin Kaymer (25): The German ranks 13th in the Official World Golf Ranking and is a four-time European Tour winner with two victories last season. He tied for sixth at the PGA Championship at Hazeltine last year and finished third in the Race to Dubai standings.

Ross Fisher

6. Ross Fisher (29): Three-time European Tour winner from England who beat Anthony Kim to win the Volvo World Match Play Championship in November.  He finished fifth in last year’s U.S. Open and fourth in the Race to Dubai standings.

Sean O

7. Sean O’Hair (27): The two-time PGA Tour winner is still figuring out just how good he can be. Another victory could open the gates.

Michael Sim

8. Michael Sim (25): The Nationwide Tour Player of the Year last season, he earned PGA Tour “battlefield promotion” after winning three Nationwide Tour events in ’09. He won the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit in ’09.

Hunter Mahan

9. Hunter Mahan (27): Tour brethren are waiting for him to add to that breakthrough PGA Tour victory at the Travelers Championship in '07. Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup appearances speak to the level of his game.

Ryo Ishikawa

10. Ryo Ishikawa (18): Youngest player ever to reach the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He had four victories on the Japan Golf Tour in ’09.

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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 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