Power Rankings: 2016 Shell Houston Open

By Will GrayMarch 29, 2016, 12:51 pm

The 2016 fantasy golf season rolls right along, as the PGA Tour remains in Texas this week for the Shell Houston Open. A field of 144 players will tackle the Golf Club of Houston in the hopes of earning a win - and perhaps a ticket to the Masters.

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J.B. Holmes won this event last year in a playoff over Jordan Spieth and Johnson Wagner. Here are 10 players to watch in Houston:

1. Phil Mickelson: When it comes to Mickelson, what's not to like? He has largely exceeded expectations this year, loves playing this week and on this course and played well last week before running into a buzzsaw. The only thing missing is a win, and that could come here where he has five straight finishes of T-17 or better.

2. Jordan Spieth: Spieth used a strong performance here last year to catapault him to a Masters romp, and he'll be looking for more of the same. While his game isn't quite as sharp as it was 12 months ago, his plan has always been to peak leading into the Masters. An uptick this week would go a long way toward that end.

3. Henrik Stenson: Stenson should be refreshed after skipping the WGC-Dell Match Play, and in his last start he nearly won at Bay Hill. The Swede was a runner-up here in 2013 and possesses the type of power game that typically yields favorable results at GC of Houston.

4. Louis Oosthuizen: The South African is fresh off a runner-up performance in Austin, and now he makes the short trip to Houston where he finished T-3 in 2012 and T-10 in 2013. Oosthuizen now has finished T-14 or better in each of his last five worldwide starts, including a win, and appears poised to extend that streak this week.

5. Patrick Reed: Reed is a Houston resident and finished T-17 last year in his return to his de facto hometown event. Reed quietly notched a top-10 performance at Innisbrook and followed that by winning his group at Austin, putting him among the growing list of players building momentum for the season's first major.

6. J.B. Holmes: The defending champ also lost in a playoff here in 2009, finished T-8 in 2012 and T-12 in 2014. Holmes' strength off the tee is a valuable asset at this course, and he could use this chance to get back on track after cooling somewhat following a run of four straight top-11 finishes earlier this year.

7. Dustin Johnson: Johnson hasn't played here since withdrawing in 2014, but he did finish T-4 the year prior. He enters off a quarterfinal appearance in Austin and has now cracked the top 15 in each of his last three starts overall, and like Holmes he should find this week's venue conducive to his strategy and prowess off the tee.

8. Sergio Garcia: The Spaniard is making his third straight start in Houston, where he finished T-3 in 2014. While he made an early exit at the match play, he strung together a pair of strong weeks in Florida to show that he remains a threat to contend - and win - against a world-class field on any given week.

9. Rickie Fowler: Fowler notched a top-10 in Houston in 2014, but that result is sandwiched around a trio of trips where he struggled mightily on the weekend. Fowler was upset during pool play last week to end what had been a run of five top-10 finishes in his last six worldwide starts.

10. Charl Schwartzel: Schwartzel has more experience at this event than you might expect, with five appearances in the last six years highlighted by his third-place showing in 2010. The South African is experiencing a resurgence this year, with a pair of worldwide wins including his triumph at Innisbrook in his most recent stroke-play start.

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Furyk: Not a 'good idea' to team Tiger, Phil at Ryder Cup

By Ryan LavnerJune 25, 2018, 1:12 pm

Those hoping for another Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson partnership at the Ryder Cup might be sorely disappointed.

U.S. captain Jim Furyk all but slammed the door on the reboot Monday on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive.” Speaking at the CVS Health Charity Classic, Furyk laughed off the idea and said that it wouldn’t be a “good idea” for him to team them again.

“It worked out so well the first time,” he said, chuckling, referring to the 2004 matches, where captain Hal Sutton paired the sport’s two biggest stars and watched them go 0-2 en route to a lopsided team defeat at home.

Colin Montgomerie, who was also on the set and a member of that ’04 European squad, chimed in: “It was a great decision for Europe!”

Woods and Mickelson’s relationship has improved in recent years, since they were part of the task force that morphed into the Ryder Cup committee. They even played a practice round together this year at the Masters. But Furyk seemed to suggest even that wouldn’t be enough to put them together again in Paris.

“I hope they’re both watching, because they just fell off the couch laughing,” Furyk said. “I wouldn’t guess that would be a good idea as a captain, I’m just saying.”

Both Mickelson and Woods are outside the top 8 automatic qualifiers. Mickelson is currently ranked 10th, while Woods is now 39th.

Woods has already been named a vice captain for this year’s matches, though Furyk said that Woods had broached the topic of being a playing vice captain as early as January. Furyk added that he hasn’t discussed what Woods would need to show him over the course of the year to be considered for a captain’s pick.

“He hasn’t played as big of a schedule as everybody else,” Furyk said, “but when he has played, he’s played pretty well. Definitely an eye-opener for everyone.”

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Grandma hopes sick JT has some 's***-kicking antibiotics'

By Grill Room TeamJune 25, 2018, 1:08 pm

Justin Thomas tied for 56th at the Travelers Championship, still recovering from a brutal test at the U.S. Open and, apparently, battling an illness.

Thomas is next competing at this week's French Open, along with the likes of Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia and a host of potential Ryder Cup foes.

Count his grandmother as one who is pulling – really, really pulling – for his physical recovery.



Grandmothers are the best. And as you can make out from the top of the text exchange, she finally figured out what was on JT’s pants in Round 1 at Shinnecock Hills.

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What's in the bag: Travelers champion Watson

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 25, 2018, 12:22 pm

Bubba Watson won the Travelers Championship for a third time in his career. Here's a look inside his bag:

Driver: Ping G400 LST (7.6 degrees), with Grafalloy Bi-Matrix Prototype X shaft

Fairway wood:  Ping G (13.2 degrees), with Fujikura Tour Spec 8.2 X shaft

Irons: Ping iBlade (2), Ping S55 (4-PW), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (52 degrees, 55 degrees, 63 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

Putter: Ping PLD Anser

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Travelers purse payout: Bubba, Cink close low, earn big

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 25, 2018, 12:06 pm

Bubba Watson shot 63 on Sunday to win the Travelers Championship. He took home the trophy, but he wasn't the only player to earn a big payday. Here's how the purse was paid out at TPC River Highlands:

1 Bubba Watson -17 $1,260,000
T2 Stewart Cink -14 $462,000
T2 Beau Hossler -14 $462,000
T2 J.B. Holmes -14 $462,000
T2 Paul Casey -14 $462,000
T6 Kevin Tway -13 $234,500
T6 Brian Harman -13 $234,500
T6 Russell Henley -13 $234,500
T9 Chase Seiffert -12 $189,000
T9 Bryson DeChambeau -12 $189,000
T9 Anirban Lahiri -12 $189,000
T12 Rory McIlroy -11 $147,000
T12 Ryan Blaum -11 $147,000
T12 Jason Day -11 $147,000
T15 Charley Hoffman -10 $115,500
T15 Patrick Cantlay -10 $115,500
T15 Danny Lee -10 $115,500
T15 Kyle Stanley -10 $115,500
T19 Brooks Koepka -9 $79,000
T19 Fabian Gomez -9 $79,000
T19 David Lingmerth -9 $79,000
T19 Zach Johnson -9 $79,000
T19 Emiliano Grillo -9 $79,000
T19 Matt Jones -9 $79,000
T19 Jamie Lovemark -9 $79,000
T26 Sam Ryder -8 $49,700
T26 Si Woo Kim -8 $49,700
T26 Richy Werenski -8 $49,700
T26 Blayne Barber -8 $49,700
T26 Steve Marino -8 $49,700
T26 Peter Malnati -8 $49,700
T26 Patrick Rodgers -8 $49,700
T33 Alex Cejka -7 $39,550
T33 Tyler Duncan -7 $39,550
T33 Kevin Streelman -7 $39,550
T36 Seamus Power -6 $35,175
T36 James Hahn -6 $35,175
T38 Scott Stallings -5 $30,800
T38 Russell Knox -5 $30,800
T38 Brandon Harkins -5 $30,800
T38 Lanto Griffin -5 $30,800
T42 Adam Hadwin -4 $24,500
T42 J.J. Henry -4 $24,500
T42 Jordan Spieth -4 $24,500
T42 Mackenzie Hughes -4 $24,500
T42 Brett Stegmaier -4 $24,500
T47 Billy Hurley III -3 $17,578
T47 Vaughn Taylor -3 $17,578
T47 Sam Saunders -3 $17,578
T47 Kelly Kraft -3 $17,578
T47 Keegan Bradley -3 $17,578
T47 J.J. Spaun -3 $17,578
T47 Wesley Bryan -3 $17,578
T47 Denny McCarthy -3 $17,578
T47 Scott Brown -3 $17,578
T56 Ryan Armour -2 $15,680
T56 Keith Mitchell -2 $15,680
T56 Ken Duke -2 $15,680
T56 Justin Thomas -2 $15,680
T56 Hunter Mahan -2 $15,680
T61 John Huh -1 $14,910
T61 Martin Laird -1 $14,910
T61 Steve Wheatcroft -1 $14,910
T61 James Driscoll -1 $14,910
T61 Tom Lovelady -1 $14,910
T61 Nick Hardy -1 $14,910
T67 Daniel Berger E $14,350
T67 Trey Mullinax E $14,350
T69 Cameron Tringale 1 $14,000
T69 Kyle Thompson 1 $14,000
T69 Ethan Tracy 1 $14,000
T72 Dominic Bozzelli 2 $13,650
T72 Martin Flores 2 $13,650
74 Padraig Harrington 4 $13,440