Winsday Hot List: No major hangover

By Win McMurryAugust 15, 2012, 1:00 pm

Hot on the heels of the final major championship of the year, I’m back with even more sizzle with this week’s “Hot List.” The attention turns to the high notes remaining this season, starting with the upcoming matches in Medinah. So hold onto your britches, I’m flying you through golf’s hot 10.

Michael Phelps’ golf game – His game is sure to get a boost with HankHaney on the job. The most decorated Olympian of all time has thecoordination and athleticism, but how will those long, lanky limbs fairon the fairways instead of the pool lanes?


Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson

Team U.S.A. Ryder Cup elite eight – They’re Chicago bound. No more Tiger or Phil questions since they bookend the automatic qualifiers. Keegan Bradley rightly makes a U.S. squad this year that ironically also includes the PGA Championship runner-up to him last year, Jason Dufner.


Magnolia Lane

Tiger Woods – Masters odds are out and Tiger is still on top. Only by a margin, but he’s still projected as the odds on favorite at Augusta. Adding to his Hot List number, is he the No. 1 story of the year? It’s up for debate, but thankfully for him, as a positive story this year.


Davis Love III with the Ryder Cup trophy

Davis Love’s nerves – Not only is his forehead sweating as his four captain’s picks are weighing on his mind (three weeks and counting) but he’s also 119th in the FedEx Cup standings - meaning he’s not a lock for his season to continue so he can watch the contenders up close and personal.


Rory McIlroy 

Rory McIlroy – Two majors won by a combined 16 shots. He’s not racing Jack for his record. He’s plain and simple just trying to be the best in golf period. But yes, he’s on pace.


Overwater Golf– The first floating golf course is set to be completed in 2015. Located in the Maldives over the Indian Ocean, a full 18-hole course is slated to be built on different floating platforms with an underwater clubhouse. Talk about a view. Go ahead and sign me up for a tee time please and thank you.


The PGA Tour – Britain’s Jaime Donaldson is looking for a Tour card after hearing fellow Britons Ian Poulter and Justin Rose encourage him about making the move from the European Tour to the good ol’ USA. After some success here, including his T-7 at Kiawah, he’s amped to give it a go with an unexpected start in this week’s Wyndham Championship.


Amateur golf – Cherry Hills hosts the U.S. Amateur and even gets a visit from Jack Nicklaus as he watches son Gary compete.


Westwood’s former team – They’re “hot” for a whole other reason this week. Westwood dismissed respected coach Pete Cowan and caddievMichael Waite, the man most recently on his bag while former caddie Billy Foster was on the mend, after some disappointing finishes.


The Carolinas – From the South Carolina lowcountry to the North Carolina Triad, the Carolinas are on the golf radar for another shining week.

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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.


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

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

Article: Video, images from Tiger, DJ's round with Trump

Article: After DJ and Tiger, Trump plays golf with Jack

Rory faces criticism

Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'


President at the Presidents Cup


Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump


Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73


Cart on the green


Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green


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


Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National


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


Trump golf properties

Vandalism

Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses

Finances


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers


Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover


Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up


Pros comment on the president

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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

Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

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.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.