Hooks and Cuts: Masters Movers and Shakers

By Rich LernerApril 8, 2011, 2:58 am

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Twenty-one-year-old Rory McIlroy winning a Masters wouldn’t be as profound as 21-year-old Tiger winning, given the social ramifications, but it would catapult Rory out of the pack of “could-be-might-be” young stars to “the” star.

And those who’ve won majors in their early 20s went on to become some of the greatest players ever. Their names are Tiger, Jack and Seve. We’re getting ahead of ourselves, granted, but it’s worth pondering.

Here are some more Hooks and Cuts from the Masters:

  • Augusta National is the place to be, but the Wallace House at nearby Augusta Country Club isn’t bad, if you like golf. Golf Channel is headquartered there all week and we enjoyed a parade of legends into our interview room. Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Raymond Floyd and Greg Norman have all talked Masters. Gary Player and Ben Crenshaw are on tap. Make of it what you will, but Arnold, Tom, Raymond and Greg are still fit and trim.
  • Rickie Fowler playing alongside Rory McIlroy put together an impressive second nine that included a birdie at 18 for a round of 70, keeping alive the possibility of an orange and green couture clash on Sunday night.
  • Tiger’s fine with 71, but still we’re not sure. We were never, not sure.
  • Rory’s game is big, more than big enough for the best of the big hitter’s parks, Augusta National.
  • Arnold said that he wouldn’t be surprised to see a young guy win, and that was before Rory’s 65. He also related that early in his career some thought he couldn’t win at Augusta National because he didn’t hit the ball high enough. “I learned where to hit it,” he said. “Not how high to hit it.” The great ones tend to figure a way, though Trevino never did here and he’s a great one.
  • Masters movers and shakers must be thrilled with the performance of Hideki Matsuyama, validating the invitation to the winner of the Asian Amateur.
  • I’d love to take a bucket of balls and try to hit slinging drivers at 13. A guy can dream can’t he?
  • Why not Y.E.?
  • Freddy’s setting us up for a weekend of high hopes and flinched 4 footers.
  • It’s just the ceremonial first tee shot, but I look at Jack and half expect him to walk after his drive and carve out an opening 70, just to throw a charge into the tournament.
  • With sun and heat and the ball carrying deep the weekend could be an epic, long hitting birdie-eagle, two-shots-back-to-one-ahead, in-an-instant free for all.
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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.

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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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


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