Please Step Away From the Lawnmower

By Rich LernerApril 24, 2002, 4:00 pm
Greensboros field is missing the top 16 players in the world. Before you write off the tournament and instead involve yourself in an extensive lawn maintenance experience rather than watch your favorite game, remember that number 203 in the world won The Players Championship. Craig Perks reminded us that there are more than 16 good players in the world.
 
Number 17 in the world, Rocco Mediate, qualifies as a favorite. He won here in 1993, hes an accurate marksman well suited to the Forest Oaks layout, which features thick rough, and at 39 his timing is perfect. The last six winners here have averaged 39 years of age.
 
Jim Furyk is only 31, but hes usually in the fairway. If he can improve his normally reliable putting, then he should be a factor.
 
If Scott Hoch can see straight, then he, too, figures to be in the chase for a successful defense. Hochs struggling with double vision, a result of a procedure used to try and correct astigmatism. Depth perception is the problem. When he tees a ball up, hes fine. But he skulled the first three wedges he hit on the range. Hell make a decision as to whether or not he can play on Thursday morning.
 
Meanwhile, its hard to imagine that anyone is more excited this week than the Haas family. Jay, 48 years old, is in the field along with his son Bill. Bill is a talented 19-year-old sophomore playing at his dads alma mater, Wake Forest. Ironically, Jay, too, was a 19-year-old Wake Forest sophomore when he played here in 1973, alongside Arnold Palmer and the great Canadian, George Knudson. He shot 68 in the opening round and made the cut.
 
One of Bills collegiate peers, Bubba Dickerson, makes his professional debut this week. He seems to understand what it will take, explaining to me that the key on tour is to turn those 75s into 71s. Dickerson left Florida early and is forgoing his exemption to the upcoming U.S. Open in hopes of using up to seven sponsors exemptions to get his card. Along with Tiger Woods, Dickerson is the only man to have captured both the U.S. Amateur and the Western Amateur in the same year.
 
Finally, this tournament, among the 10 oldest in golf, shifts to an October date next year. That will really boost the field as players look to make the top 30 on the money list for the Tour Championship ,as well as the top 50 in the world rankings for The Masters.
 
As for this year, you dont really want to trim the bushes, do you?
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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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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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Vandalism

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Finances


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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

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