Hooks Cuts Presidents Cup

By Rich LernerOctober 7, 2009, 12:15 am

Presidents CupWhat is so unsettling about Greg Norman and Chris Evert is how quickly it came apart. File this one under the nothing-is-what-it-seems category.

Here are more Hooks and Cuts from the Presidents Cup:

– Long before recent converts Phil Mickelson and Michelle Wie rang up the putting maestro Dave Stockton, Matt Kuchar knew the value. I dug up a story I wrote on Kooch eight years ago where he said, “I remember that I loved to watch Dave Stockton so I’m going to more of a broad stance and forward press.” This past weekend at Turning Stone, with left-hand-low but feet still wide, he led the field in putting and drilled a huge 22-footer to stay alive on the fourth playoff hole.

– Who on the International Presidents Cup team besides Ryo Ishikawa could be called 'hot' right now?

– Kevin Streelman is putting his Duke education to good use. He’s developed an iPhone app that will allow users to download instant Streelman golf tips. I got a sneak peek and they’re well done, in HD no less.

– Six years ago, how much would you have bet that Michelle Wie would have at least one win by the time she turned 20 years old? Me, I would have wagered a considerable amount. And by this Sunday, Michelle’s 20th birthday, I’d be a lot lighter in the wallet.

– Unheralded officials generally do a terrific job setting up PGA Tour events, but there is really no good reason for a Fall Series event to finish on Monday because they ran out of daylight on Sunday.

– Notah Begay is putting his Stanford education to good use. Begay’s foundation helps underprivileged Native American children. People forget Begay won four times until injuries set him back, including a recent knee surgery. Now, Begay’s immersed in his charity work. “There’s so much to do beyond golf,” he said.

– On the subject of presidents and golf, comedian Bill Maher recently lamented President Obama’s love affair with the game. Maher feels betrayed saying that Obama campaigned as a basketball player, which suggests he's urban, athletic, hip and a team player. On the other hand, Maher says that golf suggests 'I like Lipitor.' Funny. Seriously, though, I love hoops and still play it. But in your late 40s it’s a lot tougher on the body than golf.

– The Presidents Cup will likely be an emotional return to San Francisco for NBC’s Johnny Miller, who grew up there. His dad was a supervisor for RCA who worked the midnight to 8 a.m. shift so that he could mold Johnny. He called his son “champ.”

– Another Dukie Leif Olson jumped from 214 to 148 on the money list with a third place finish at Turning Stone. Olson burned out on golf in his early 20s, flirted with medical school but then rekindled his passion for the sport.

– Norman is hoping this current involvement with Presidential golf goes better than his 1997 encounter. That’s when President Clinton tore up his knee at Norman’s south Florida house.

– Northern California stirs Miller for another reason. As a kid he lost his older teen-aged brother, who drowned while fishing off the coast of the Pacific.

– I’m curious to see if Ryo Ishikawa and Y.E. Yang draw fans from the sizable Asian community in San Francisco.

– Captains Norman and Fred Couples have been blessed in a number of obvious ways but they’ve clearly been unlucky in love. If you’re told your whole life how beautiful you are, what’s the impact? I would not know.

– It’s a good thing Southeastern Conference officials aren’t working the Presidents Cup. Tiger Woods could be flagged for excessive celebration.

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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.

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Rory faces criticism

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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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Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


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Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

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Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

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

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm