Hoggards Top Tournaments to Watch

By Rex HoggardJanuary 8, 2010, 11:54 am

St. Andrews

1. British Open. The Old Course. That’s it. Need more? OK, because golf has been played at St. Andrews since man thought the world was flat and because there is nothing more spiritual for a golfer than a trip to Old Tom Morris’ grave and because the Dunvegan Hotel, less than a pitching wedge from the 18th green, is the best place in the world to have a pint and watch the old world go by.

Pebble Beach Golf Links

2. U.S. Open. Pebble Beach Opens are always memorable, from Woods’ 15-stroke historic romp to Tom Watson’s heroics, and U.S. Golf Association setup man Mike Davis has a few twists planned that should make the Pacific Coast gem more memorable than ever.


3. WGC-CA Championship. A long-time golf club executive recently figured the first mutterings of discord in regard to this year’s new rule governing grooves would be heard at Doral because of the layout’s hard greens and wispy Bermuda grass rough. As an added bonus, there are those who are quietly predicting the south Florida stop could be Woods’ first Tour start.

San Diego Open

4. San Diego Open. The SoCal staple has no sponsor and likely will not have Woods around for the proceedings for the second consecutive year, but Torrey Pines’ North Course is one of the most enjoyable and scenic walks on Tour and the event will probably be the 2010 debut for Phil Mickelson, who appears poised for a breakout season even by Lefty’s lofty standards.

2010 Ryder Cup

5. Ryder Cup. The Europeans will be keen to reclaim Samual Ryder’s chalice on home soil and that squad will likely be packed with up-and-coming European talent (Rory McIlroy, Ross Fisher, Oliver Wilson, Francesco Molinari, et al). And because European skipper Colin Montgomerie will provide plenty of bulletin board fodder for both team rooms.


6. The Barclays. After last year’s experiment at Liberty National, a Bronx putt-putt course would be an upgrade, but the move back to Ridgewood in New Jersey is akin to trading in a Pinto for a BMW and the first leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs has already given us some memorable shootouts.

Hilton Head

7. Heritage. The Lowcountry tradition is always a treat after a long, tense week at Augusta National, but the event is struggling to find a title sponsor and while we’re hoping for the best we should savor the views of Calibogue Sound while we can. There’s also a two-in-three chance Boo Weekley will win given his recent history at Harbour Town, and that’s just good TV.

Whistling Straits

8. PGA Championship. Neither the venue (Whistling Straits) nor recent champions (Y.E. Yang) suggest something special in the making, but if somehow all the stars align properly in the golf universe Woods could arrive in Wisconsin playing for the single-season Grand Slam and major No. 18 to tie Jack Nicklaus’ record. Farfetched? Maybe, but in January anything is possible.

TPC Sawgrass

9. Players Championship. Forget the fifth major debate, the move to May has helped course conditions and fan interest and the diversity of recent champions is a testament to the quality of the test. Besides the 17th holes always produces drama, contrived or otherwise.

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

10. AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Whether you enjoy the Crosby’s celebrity shtick or not, officials have dramatically upgraded with the addition of Monterey Peninsula Country Club to the rota and the field should be deeper than normal with Pebble Beach hosting this summer’s U.S. Open.

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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.

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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.

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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green

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Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Reportedly fake TIME covers

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Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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Pros comment on the president

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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