Cut Line: Tiger's statement, not absence, helps U.S.

By Rex HoggardAugust 15, 2014, 2:52 pm

One season ended with a dramatic announcement on Wednesday, the same day the roadmap for another season was laid out. The PGA Tour’s new schedule and the end of the 2013-14 road for Tiger Woods highlight this week’s Cut Line.

Made Cut

No “I” in T-E-A-M. This was shaping up to being a classic staring contest between U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson and Woods.

On Monday, Watson seemed to reverse course when it came to the possibility of making Woods one of his three picks for this year’s matches saying, “He brings a lot to the team, if he has the ability to play and he's healthy. I'd be a fool not to consider him.”

Less than 72 hours later Woods made Watson’s decision for him, saying in a statement, “While I greatly appreciate Tom (Watson) thinking about me for a possible captain’s pick, I must take myself out of consideration. I’ve been told by my doctors and trainer that my back muscles need to be rehabilitated and healed. They’ve advised me not to play or practice now.”

Not having Woods on the U.S. team in September will hurt. Conversely, not having the distraction of whether to make him a pick will only make the American side stronger.

Ross revisited. It’s been more than a half century since Donald Ross designed a golf course, but his finger print endures at the game’s highest level with both the PGA Tour and LPGA holding events on Ross designs this week.

Sedgefield Country Club is hosting the Wyndham Championship for the seventh time and the classic layout continues to draw players despite an awkward spot on the schedule for the final regular-season event.

Even more impressive is how Monroe Golf Club is rewarding diverse styles of play at the Wegmans LPGA Championship. Consider that Lexi Thompson and Meena Lee shared the first-round lead at the year’s fourth major championship and rank first and 139th, respectively, in driving distance.

Modern architects have been straining hamstrings for the last decade trying to find an answer to increased distance gains. It seems Ross had it figured out over a half century ago.

Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF)

Travel advisory. The Tour unveiled its 2014-15 schedule on Wednesday with few surprises, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t any double takes.

Atop the curious list of schedule changes is the transition of the WGC-Match Play away from Dove Mountain near Tucson, Ariz., a widely unpopular venue among Tour types, and the West Coast swing to Harding Park in San Francisco in early May.

While the venue and the new format are solid upgrades, the new spot on the schedule will necessitate a 2,798-mile journey for players from San Francisco to Jacksonville, Fla., for The Players Championship which will be held the following week.

There is also the issue of how this will impact the Wells Fargo Championship, which was shifted to the week after The Players and has been one of the circuit’s top events.

The Match Play makeover is an improvement, but Camp Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., still has some work to do if they are going to get it right.

Tweet of the week. @Chris_Kirk “I guess I need a new head shot!”

Kirk was responding to Jimmy Fallon’s spoof on “The Tonight Show” that used various Tour player headshots to dole out “superlatives.” Kirk won “Most likely to say, ‘Enjoy your stay. They all do . . .” when handing over your hotel room key.”


Missed Cut

Storm warnings. The final round at last week’s PGA Championship was arguably the year’s most compelling, and entertaining, theater. Lost amid the excitement, however, were a surprising number of curious decisions.

The PGA of America’s decision to not adjust Sunday’s tee times with more rain bearing down on the Louisville, Ky., layout led to a nearly two-hour rain delay and more than a few questionable rulings.

“They didn’t do a very good job with the rules in my opinion. I saw two rulings that were completely incorrect, never seen them before, don’t know how you can do it,” Jason Bohn told “I couldn’t really do anything because an official was telling me what to do.”

The race against darkness also led to a questionable decision to have the final two groups essentially play up as a foursome. There are plenty of times in professional golf when groups are allowed to “play up,” but according to various sources it was officials, and not the players, who made the call at Valhalla.

That’s not the way it is supposed to work.

Nobody wants to hang around until Monday to finish a tournament, but when the sprint impacts play it may be time to slow down.

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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

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

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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.