Cut Line: Bubba goes deep; so does Doral

By Rex HoggardMarch 9, 2012, 11:11 pm

DORAL, Fla. – Eventful week this side of South Beach. Newly crowned world No. 1 Rory McIlroy began his much-anticipated rivalry with former No. 1 Tiger Woods, Gil Hanse landed two of the most-coveted design projects in the game and The Don scored a long-awaited spot on the PGA Tour dance card, with or without an invitation.

Not bad for a no-cut, free-money event.

Made Cut

Worlds apart. The most worldly of all the World Golf Championships has delivered again with a leaderboard that looks like a United Nations office party. The current top 10 features seven different countries and your frontrunners feature a Bubba, a Bjorn and a bunch of intrigue.

Bubba Watson took the lead with a week’s best 62 on a golf course he “don’t really like,” while England’s Justin Rose was paired with the American on Friday, carded a 64 and would have lost in match play, 1 down, to the free-swinging lefty.

“No one quite knows what to expect (from Watson),” Rose said. “I think it’s fascinating to watch.”

The same could be said for the Cadillac, which features the year’s deepest field on the PGA Tour as well as the possibility, again, for another changeover atop the World Golf Ranking on Sunday.

Gil Hanse. He is, by all accounts, the right man for the Olympic job and his insight, and instincts, about the Rio 2016 layout only reinforced that notion.

The architect du jour is clearly more comfortable piloting a bulldozer than he is behind a microphone, but when asked what he hoped to accomplish with the Olympic project he didn’t disappoint.

“We want this to be received well those two weeks, but we really want it also to be something the Brazilians are proud of,” Hanse said. “If it can lead to in 2024 or whatever, you know, there's a Brazilian in contention at the Olympics for a gold medal, then we have done an even better job.”

In short, golf’s Olympic experiment isn’t about gold medals, it’s about growing the game.

Tweet of the week: @McIlroyRory “What a day (Sunday)! Very honored and proud to be the world’s No. 1golfer! Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way.”

The Ulsterman’s ascension to the top of the World Golf Ranking last week was storybook stuff. Now, if only he can crack the 1 million followers mark. Just 88,000 more to go.

Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF)

Augusta National. Ryo Ishikawa is certainly deserving of a special invitation into this year’s Masters and the club has been rather clear that would-be participants should never expect a free pass into the year’s first major.

Still, this week’s announcement marks the second time Ishikawa has been granted a special invitation into the Masters while there are always other deserving players each year.

Davis Love III, for example, had played the Masters every year between 1991 and 2007, finished runner-up twice and is destined for the World Golf Hall of Fame yet the U.S. Ryder Cup captain will sit out this year’s event for the fourth time in five years.

International exemptions are nice, but charity should start at home.

Missing the Monster. The famed Monster Grill adjacent Doral’s 18th hole has been a favorite of players, caddies and media for years, but this year the must-stop grill has been reduced to a snack machine.

No word on whether the closure is budget related, but the best burgers on Tour will be missed.

Missed Cut

Jarrod Lyle. Count this as a “bad things happening to good people” deal. The Australian will celebrate the birth of his first child this week and start chemotherapy treatments almost immediately afterward.

Lyle was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at age 17 but recovered and seven years later was in the field at the British Open. Just weeks after his best finish on the PGA Tour (T-5 at the Northern Trust Open) he was informed by doctors that the cancer had returned.

Lyle is best known in the United States for acing the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale last year. The Bird’s Nest faithful should save a special celebration for Lyle when he wins his second bout with cancer.

Donald Trump. With all the delicacy of a linebacker The Don elbowed his way into the PGA Tour conversation this week with his purchase of Doral Resort, predictably breaking copious amounts of china along the way.

Trump’s $200 million overhaul of the resort will include a makeover of the famed Blue Monster but at least he tabbed the right man for the job – unassuming Gil Hanse. It was a self-promoting opportunity that The Don couldn’t pass up.

“I'm glad I chose him first. In fact, without my choosing him he would not have gotten the Olympics. They relied on me, believe me,” Trump boasted. “I'm only kidding . . . maybe (it’s) a little true.”

For good measure, Trump also plugged his growing aspirations to host a major championship.

“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 (to a property of his in New Jersey),” he announced.

And now Trump is a Tour “partner.” Let the show begin.

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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.