Top 10 reasons to double take in 2K10

By Rex HoggardJanuary 19, 2010, 12:49 am
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1. Tiger Woods working a gallery rope with Sharpie in hand. Rank this item among the litany of unsolicited advice, but the world No. 1’s reclamation project should start with the rank-and-file and a hearts-and-minds campaign pulled directly from Phil Mickelson’s fan book. Keep it simple: sign, smile, schmooze.

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2. Corey Pavin and/or Colin Montgomerie make dubious captain’s pick. Monty has already proven adapt at turning heads and dropping jaws and, thanks to Paul Azinger, Pavin has twice as many picks, which means twice as many chances to screw up.

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3. A smooch for the FedEx Cup. So far the season-long champions (Tiger Woods 2007, 2009 and Vijay Singh 2008) have been less than willing to give the silver punch bowl a kiss, but Woods’ self-imposed hiatus and Singh’s health issues will set the stage for a new champion who is not averse to PDA (public displays of affection).

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4. First in Tour golf history: Swing coach cans student. As gurus gain their own celebrity it’s bound to happen and if we had to pick a leading candidate our money is on Sergio Garcia, who reportedly started working with putter whisperer Dave Stockton Sr. this offseason.

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5. Phil Mickelson blows a lead. All the cosmic tumblers suggest Lefty is primed for a career year, but from such lofty heights come the most high-profile crashes and the man who coined the phrase “I’m such an idiot,” will run afoul the golf gods at least once when it counts in 2010.

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6. Rookie wins at major event. The 2009 class was shut out of the winner’s circle but don’t expect a repeat. This year’s crop is too deep and talented to be denied. It may not come at a Grand Slam event, but it will be on a big stage.

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7. A flyer. Steve Flesch once claimed to have gone a decade on Tour without hitting a flyer, but the new rule regarding the size and shape of grooves will make slightly buried lies unpredictable and the gallery behind greens dangerous for spectators.

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8. U.S. Open ends on Sunday. Following back-to-back Monday finishes at the national championship this year’s outing goes according to script with a 72-hole, Sunday champion and a Woods photo op.

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9. AARP-type makes run at Claret Jug. OK, this story shouldn’t prompt a double clutch given the fact that Greg Norman and Tom Watson have made 50, or 60, the new 30 at the game’s oldest championship, but let’s face it, the Old Course is the playground for the old at heart.

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10. The United Kingdom outnumbers United States in the top 10 of the World Golf Ranking. Actually, the UK trails the U.S. by just a single player now (4-3) and Ian Poulter (England) is poised to make a move at 12th.

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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 Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

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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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

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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