Woosnam Names Ryder Cup Vice-Captains
Smyth played for the European Ryder Cup team in 1979 and 1981. He combined to post a 2-5 record, while both matches were won by the United States. His biggest win came when he paired with Jose Maria Canizares to trounce Bill Rogers and Bruce Lietzke, 6 & 5.
The Irishman collected 19 worldwide wins before turning 50. Smyth has become a regular on the Champions Tour since turning 50 and he collected his first two wins on that circuit earlier this year.
'Des is a very close friend of mine and I've been very close friend of Des for a long time,' said Woosnam. 'We shared a room when I was a very young lad, we shared a room together, and we've been close ever since. I spoke to him and asked him if he would be the Ryder Cup vice captain, or one of the vice captains, and he was over the moon and overjoyed to be part of the Ryder Cup.'
Baker, a three-time winner on the European Tour, played in the 1993 Ryder Cup when the United States team rallied from a one-point deficit to win 15-13.
Baker teamed with Woosnam to pound Fred Couples and Paul Azinger, 6 & 5, in the Saturday afternoon Fourballs. That win helped give the Europeans an 8 1/2-7 1/2 lead entering the final round.
'I've played with Peter in the Ryder Cup, and he is a very close friend,' Woosnam said. 'I spent a lot of time on the European Tour with him and he's very popular with all of the players.'
Woosnam went on to say that Sandy Lyle 'is going to be assistant to the advice captains.' Lyle will be joined in that role by D.J. Russell.
The announcement came prior to the Smurfit European Open, which will be played this weekend at The K Club. The K Club is slated to host the 36th Ryder Cup matches in 2006.
Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
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
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.
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
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18
Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo
Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.
With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.
Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.
The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.
In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.