Fantasy Island Tour Championship

By Rex HoggardSeptember 22, 2009, 3:26 pm
East Lake, a revitalized Donald Ross layout, and Cog Hill, the nip/tucked Chicagoland staple, were not cut from the same mold and would never be confused for kin. They do, however, seem to favor a similar type of player.

Two years ago, during the inaugural playoff run, Tiger Woods won at Cog Hill and closed out that first FedEx Cup with an eight-shot romp at East Lake. A year later, Camilo Villegas went 2-0 to close the playoffs with victories in Chicago and Atlanta, but was denied the $10 million jackpot by Vijay Singh and dubious math.

Point is, look no further than last week’s results to find an East Lake favorite.

 
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Pick a Foursome:
Woods is an easy pick, fresh from his eight-stroke BMW blowout and sporting a predictable resume at East Lake, where he’s finished outside the top-2 just twice in six starts.

O’Hair had a solid week at Cog Hill, solo fourth place, while Donald ‘s tie for 10th propelled him into the finale. Toms (T-23 at BMW) is the lone exception to the rule, but East Lake is just across town from the site of his signature victory (2001 PGA at Atlanta Athletic Club) and he’s due for a victory.

Picks: Tiger Woods, Sean O’Hair, Luke Donald, David Toms

 Note: One player from four categories based on the World Golf Ranking (1-10, A; 11-20, B; 21-30, C; 31-40, D). Points awarded on money earned ($1 = 1 point).
 
Salary Cap:
Woods and Steve Stricker, the player with the best statistical chance of denying the world No. 1 his second FedEx Cup, eat up most of your available cash, but with a short field to choose from the available dark horses aren’t bad options.

Marc Leishman tied for second at Cog Hill and is the leader in the clubhouse for the Rookie of the Year award and Y.E. Yang proved at Hazeltine National that while Woods is always a good bet, locks are for jails and banks.

Picks: Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker, David Toms, Y.E. Yang, Marc Leishman (Total: $9.723 million)

Note: Five players with a $10 million cap based on 2008 earnings. Rookies without 2008 earnings will be priced at $250,000. Standings based on overall team earnings.
 
Pick One:
Zach Johnson. Because it’s the only event in Georgia he’s not won and because his consistency meant that nine months ago when our 2009 picks were submitted he was a good bet to be in the field for the finale.

Note: Players must be picked before the start of the season and used only once. Standings based on total earnings.
 
In addition to my PGA Tour Pick One, the GolfChannel.com staff will be offering up their picks to win. A player can be picked a maximum of five times. We will be keeping a running tally of the monies earned each week. The participants include: Jay Coffin, Editorial Director; Mercer Baggs, Editorial Manager; Brian Koressel, Senior Producer; Dena Davis, Assistant Editor; Erik Peterson, Travel Editor; Jerry Foltz, special contributor.
 
STAFF PICKS:

NamePlayer PickReasonMoney
Rex HoggardRex HoggardSteve Stricker
Forget that tie for 53rd at the BMW Championship, the circuit’s own Mr. September was nearly flawless through two playoff events (T-2, win), has spent a week resting in Wisconsin and has a game suited for East Lake despite a pedestrian record at the Tour Championship.$5,657,311
Jay CoffinJay CoffinPadraig Harrington

My gut feeling is that Hunter Mahan could jump up and win but Paddy has been playing well and hasn’t finished worse than 10th in his last five events.

 

$6,743,622
Mercer BaggsMercer BaggsZach Johnson
My only shot is to pick a winner this week. Without Tiger as an option, going with a guy who has a pretty good track record in Georgia.$7,521,910
Erik PetersonErik PetersonPadraig Harrington
Winning is about giving yourself chances and Paddy's had plenty of them lately. If he avoids the big numbers he'll win his first non-major PGA Tour event since '05. $7,376,372
Brian KoresselBrian KoresselTiger Woods
I would like to use this space to thank all of the other players for participating in this year’s fantasy league. Good efforts by all. Yours truly, the Champ.
$7,957,623
dena_dDena DavisJim Furyk
The Fast and the Furyk has posted playoff finishes of T15, T8 and then T2 at BMW. He'll go ahead and win the whole dang thing in the final showdown.(Also, I'm out of Tiger picks.)
$6,985,310
Jerry FoltzJerry FoltzPadraig Harrington
After a year of trying to outsmart my esteemed colleagues, all I can say is wait till next year.  But I'm giving it one last try this week.$5,776,837


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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.