Valentines Day Hooks Cuts

By Rich LernerFebruary 14, 2007, 5:00 pm
*We love Phil Mickelson driving the ball the way he did at The AT&T because it means he could again challenge Tiger. Is it game on with Tiger when Phil drives it that well? Yes, said Kevin Sutherland, who played in the final group with Phil on Sunday. When hes driving it like that it sets up the rest of his game and we know hes a very good iron player and a great putter.
*We love Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Twice when our cameras were rolling he stood tall in the pocket and dropped lengthy putts, including a 20-footer at Pebbles 18th in miserable weather that mustve felt like an ordinary Sunday in Foxboro.
*We love Ernies desire to be No. 1 in three years. It may be unrealistic in light of a certain obstacle, but its an admirable goal. Those of us who know and like Ernie refuse to believe that hell fizzle at the three-major plateau where he currently resides.
*We love Sergios ball hitting, but wed really like to see him free up his putting stroke. Golf needs the Spaniard to start winning and challenging at majors'this year.
*We love the absurdity of life. I had a bit part in a commercial for EA Sports recently in which Tiger traipses into his living room with a turkey sandwich before playing his video game. At one point I witnessed an agitated producer angrily say to a staffer, We need the 12 grain bread not the seven grain! Seriously.
*We love The European Tour, nimbly staking out new markets from The Middle East to China while dominating The Ryder Cup and boldly clipping Tigers claws in the midst of his PGA TOUR streak.
*We love the progress David Duvals made.
*We love golf fan Joey Bozik, a triple amputee two years removed from his devastating duties in Iraq. Of his plight he says, I really had no choice. I could sit on the couch and eat potato chips or get on with my life. Bozik, visiting Pebble Beach last weekend, plays twice a week near San Francisco, where he works for Wells Fargo Bank. Hes married to a beautiful woman who never deserted him, even when Joey gave her the opportunity to walk away knowing thered be things hed never be able to do for her, like run down the beach carrying her in my arms. Jayme, his bride of two years, looked at it differently as she recalled her reaction in October of 2004 just after his injury. He still had everything he needed to have a meaningful relationship, she said. He had his head and he had his heart.

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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 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.

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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

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Trump golf properties


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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