Spieth doesn't slow down for Fourth of July

By Rex HoggardJuly 6, 2016, 8:20 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – He didn’t look tired, but then this was a much-anticipated homecoming for Jordan Spieth.

A day after closing with a 67 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to tie for third, the world No. 3 spent a large portion of his Fourth of July talking and taking pictures.

Oh, and signing everything that was placed in front of him.

Everything.

“Is everyone in the United States getting a signed flag?” he laughed as he made his way through a stack of 2016 Ryder Cup flags, gifts for every competitor in this week’s AJGA Under Armour Jordan Spieth Championship.

In between bites of a breakfast taco and a cup of coffee, someone apologized for the pile of items awaiting his signature atop a ping pong table in the team room for the University of Texas men’s squad.

“No worries,” he said without a hint of the weariness that Spieth and every other top player must be feeling as the PGA Tour braces for what can only be described as a marathon.

In Tour de PGA terms, think of the next three months as golf’s version of the Pyrenees stage, with the top players – players like Spieth – penciled in for eight starts in the next 12 weeks beginning with next week’s Open at Royal Troon.

That list includes two majors, the Olympics, four FedEx Cup playoff stops and the Ryder Cup.

There is wiggle room.

Some of the game’s best, 13 at last count, have decided not to make the trip to Rio for golf’s return to the Games due to a variety of concerns, the Zika virus being the most-often cited reason, and on Monday Spieth had still not made a decision whether to play the Olympics. It also seems likely that there won’t be full participation during the playoffs, with those safely inside the top 30 in FedEx Cup points eyeing much-needed breaks either during The Barclays or Deutsche Bank Championship.

“It’s going to be tough, I have to find the right balance between making sure I have the right amount of practice with rest,” he said. “If you’re not performing or hitting the ball up to your standard I just want to go to the range and figure out what it is. But that might not be the wisest thing.”

Spieth – who said his ball-striking, which has featured a two-way miss the last few weeks, is starting to come around – has taken an understandably, albeit clichéd, approach to the next few weeks – one tournament, one round, one shot at a time starting with next week’s Open.

Unlike last year when he was simultaneously applauded and panned for playing the week before the Open, he muted that criticism by winning the John Deere Classic and finishing a stroke shy of a playoff at St. Andrews.

This year he’ll forgo a pre-Open start and head to Scotland on Friday to get his first look at Royal Troon.

“I’m going to go into these next few majors and try to give myself a chance to win them, that’s all you can ask for is to give yourself a chance on the back nine and see what you’re made of,” he said.

Spieth said he’s mentally broken 2016 into two seasons, pre-and post-Masters, and he took an abbreviated “off-season” after Augusta National to help conserve energy for what lies ahead.

He’s also structured his schedule in a way he hopes will allow him to peak when it counts, but he acknowledged there’s only so much you can do with this year’s schedule.

“You want to save all that energy for the Ryder Cup as well. The major championships and the Ryder Cup are what I’m looking at to try to peak,” Spieth said. “It’s going to be tough. A lot of guys are going to be a little gassed, but adrenaline carries you through that week.”

It’s all part of a tournament crush that players have been bracing for since the 2016 schedule was unveiled.

As Spieth finished signing every flag, hat and poster that was handed to him, he glanced at his untouched coffee before heading to the University of Texas Golf Club practice tee for a clinic with all the energy one would expect from a 22-year-old who not that long ago sat and watched a similar clinic and dreamed of a day when he would be the one inspiring young players with his game.

“What else you got?” he asked without a hint of fatigue.

No, Spieth didn’t need any coffee on Monday, but before this season is over he will.

Getty Images

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

Getty Images

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.