Ultimate Match Play: Round 2 results; Semifinal matchups

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 5, 2013, 11:00 am

Bracket busters?

Not here.

Our 16-man Ultimate Match Play Championship field has been whittled down to just four players and – no surprise – they are the top four seeds. (Click for: Ultimate Match Play overview | Player bios | GolfChannel.com's Bracket Challenge)

Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan and Bob Jones were hardly tested in their quarterfinal matches, with each higher seed receiving at least 56 percent of the online votes at GolfChannel.com.

The semifinals, however, should prove to be these players’ most difficult test yet, as it will require voters to compare generational talents with no head-to-head record.

The most pressing question now: Can Hogan and Jones prevent a seemingly inevitable final match between Jack and Tiger?

(1) Jack Nicklaus def. (9) Gary Player

Of the myriad duels between these two legends, this may have been the most lopsided. The top-ranked Nicklaus crushed the Black Knight, receiving a quarterfinal-best 92.8 percent of the votes to move on to the semifinals. So far, Nicklaus has trounced each of his first two opponents, Phil Mickelson and Player, gaining no less than 92 percent of the popular vote.

(2) Tiger Woods def. (10) Tom Watson

Hey, at least Watson would hope for this kind of match-play dominance from Woods at Gleneagles. There was no love lost between these fierce competitors, who likely exchanged first-tee pleasantries and little more, but Woods prevailed by receiving 79.4 percent of the vote, easily advancing to the semifinal round. Interestingly, Tiger earned nearly 79 percent of the vote in his Round 1 matchup, too, against Seve Ballesteros.

(3) Ben Hogan def. (6) Arnold Palmer

Many predicted an upset here, citing The King’s immense popularity in the golf community. But fans and observers selected Hogan, who has both more PGA Tour wins and major championships than Palmer. Still, this was the closest quarterfinal match, with Hogan receiving 56.1 percent of the vote.

That sets up a blockbuster semifinal matchup between Hogan and Woods, two men who dominated their respective eras in golf.

(4) Bob Jones def. (5) Sam Snead

Picking a favorite for this match was already picking nits, but Jones knocked off the PGA Tour’s all-time leading winner, receiving 59.2 percent of the vote. Now, of course, the best amateur ever will face off against the man with the most majors won.

In 1960, a then-20-year-old Nicklaus spoke glowingly of his semifinal opponent, gushing, “Jones is the greatest golfer who ever lived and probably ever will live. That’s my goal: Bobby Jones. It’s the only goal.”

After watching Jack win the 1965 Masters, Jones commented: 'Nicklaus played a game with which I am not familiar.'

Voting is now open for the two third-round matches, with winners announced on Feb. 12.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

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.

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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

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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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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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