Barack Obama exited the White House Friday, and thus ended his two terms in office.
The 44th president often spent his leisure and vacation time on the golf course, especially during his second term in office.
According to CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller, Obama played 333 rounds as president. Obama's last round came on December 31 while on vacation in Hawaii. Knoller tweeted it was Obama's 46th round of his final year in office.
Obama averaged about 41 rounds a year, but he never
- In his first start of 2017, Phil Mickelson debuted a new look ... but you had to look really close to notice it.
A new logo was stitched on Mickelson's shirt, and the silhouetted figure resembled Michael Jordan's "Jumpman" logo. But it wasn't Jordan, it was Lefty himself. Mickelson famously jumped up in the air after making birdie at 18 to win his first major at the 2004 Masters, and his new logo is now on his clothing.
But Mickelson was short on specifics after his opening-round 68.
- Coming off two sports hernia surgeries, Phil Mickelson didn't know what to expect in his first start of 2017 at the CareerBuilder Challenge.
Through two rounds he is still knocking off the rust, but the tournament ambassador is also in contention thanks to opening rounds of 68-66.
"It's been a fun two days," said Mickelson, who is four strokes behind leader Hudson Swafford. "There is no better way to judge where your game is at than to come out and play. The great thing about these courses and
- Hudson Swafford will take the lead into the weekend at the CareerBuilder Challenger, but a familiar name isn't too far down the leaderboard:
Leaderboard: Hudson Swafford (-14); Dominic Bozzelli (-13); Danny Lee (-13); Brendan Steele (-12); Brian Harman (-12)
What it means: Swafford opened with two rounds of 65, and he has only made one bogey so far. Friday he didn't have a blemish on the scorecard. He made seven birdies on the Nicklaus Tournament Course, and he will head to the PGA West Stadium
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- Phil Mickelson had made two bogeys in his previous three holes, and was looking at possibly dropping another stroke when he found a greenside bunker on the par-4 first hole (his 10th) on the Nicklaus Tournament course.
And then he did this:
- Inbee Park is doing more than quietly healing in her time away from the game.
There is something rejuvenating about carrying around an Olympic gold medal for three months, because that’s exactly what Park did upon returning to South Korea last summer, where she received a hero’s welcome upon returning from Rio de Janeiro.
“The whole three months I was back home in Korea, and everywhere I went, everyone wanted to see it,” Park told GolfChannel.com
- DJs on the practice range at European Tour events, record scoring has some seeing red and Rory McIlroy takes to Twitter to prove his point, all of this and more in this week’s Cut Line.
Trailblazer. Last year he introduced shorts during practice and pro-am rounds and now DJ K-Pell, sorry European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley, has set his sights on livening up life on the practice tee.
Pelley and the European circuit debuted a DJ on the range this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Ch
- The European Tour continues to impress with its off-beat interviews.
First there was little Billy taking down Rory McIlroy. Now we have the Awkward Reporter.
In the video, Nicolas Colsaerts and Chris Wood are in a control room directing a twitchy, ponytailed reporter who is asking star players questions at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
The reporter talks to Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood and Dustin Johnson, among others.
Highlights include asking Stenson the same question over a
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- Substitutions are coming to college golf.
The NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Committee announced this week that substitutions will now be allowed during the match-play portion of the NCAA Championship, beginning this year.
With this new rule, men's coaches can swap out a player before a match for any reason – injury, illness or performance.
“Committee members believe the new policy benefits the injured or sick golfer’s team, but it also would prevent the opposing golfer
- It was a better day for both Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, but both players have a lot of ground to make up over the weekend.
Fowler and Johnson each fired 4-under 68 in the second round – after both shooting 72 in Round 1. They are currently eight shots off the pace set by three-time Abu Dhabi champion Martin Kaymer.
"I made some dumb mistakes [yesterday]," Fowler said. "Came out today and played a lot better."
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- On the heels of a bogey-free 64, Henrik Stenson was a little sloppier in Round 2 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Stenson had four birdies to go along with three bogeys at Abu Dhabi Golf Club for a 1-under 71. He’s now at 9 under par, three back of midway leader Martin Kaymer.
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Stenson entered the event with little practice under his belt. His previous event was the Hero World Challenge, in which he finished runner-up at the s
- As noted in The Social this week, Rory McIlroy, without mentioning her name, took some shots at former fiancée, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.
Wozniacki, who is competing in this week’s Australian Open, was asked about McIlroy’s comments, which included: “I don’t feel [current fiancée] Erica [Stoll] wants to change me in any way. I can be myself around her; there’s no b---s---, no acting, no show.”
“I saw it alright, but I do not really ha
- Bernhard Langer, Duffy Waldorf and Marco Dawson all posted rounds of 8-under-par 64 to share the first-round lead in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.
Langer, the 2016 Jack Nicklaus Award winner as the player of the year as well as the 2016 Charles Schwab Cup winner; Waldorf, the Mitsubishi Elecric Championship defending champion, and Dawson, who is playing this event for just the second time, hold a one-shot lead over four other players, including Fred Couples and John Daly.
- John Daly kicked off the 2017 PGA Tour Champions season with a bang.
Daly credited a new driver for a boost in confidence as he found 11 of 14 fairways and averaged more than 318 yards off the tee. The two-time major champion made eight birdies and one bogey for a 7-under 65 at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. He's one stroke off the lead held by Bernhard Langer, Marco Dawson and defending champion Duffy Waldorf.
"Just for me to have this much confidence in a driver, it really s
- Rookie Dominic Bozzelli broke out of a logjam on Thursday, shooting an 8-under 64 to take a one-shot lead in the annual birdie-fest known as the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's how things stand after 18 holes in the tournament that Bob Hope built:
Leaderboard: Dominic Bozzelli (-8), Patton Kizzire (-7), Hudson Swafford (-7), Jhonattan Vegas (-7), Harold Varner III (-7), five players tied at -6
What it means: Bozzelli, 25, played collegiately at Auburn after transferring there from the Univ
- A recent property expansion conducted by Augusta National Golf Club has taken down another neighboring business.
According to an ABC 6 report, the exclusive club recently purchased the Pep Boys auto store located on Washington Road for $6.9 million. The acquisition comes on the heels of a November purchase of Jay's Music store on Washington Road for $5.3 million, and the ABC report indicates the club also recently purchased a Jiffy Lube and a Goodyear Tire store.
The trend continues the club's a
- Jhonattan Vegas is back on the leaderboard at the event that first put him on the map.
Vegas was an unknown rookie when he captured the 2011 CareerBuilder Challenge in a playoff, entering the winner's circle in just his second start as a Tour member. It served as his lone victory until last year, when he won the RBC Canadian Open en route to a Tour Championship berth.
Back once again in the Coachella Valley, Vegas fired a bogey-free 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West, a score that
- So much for injury concerns.
Unsure earlier in the week if he would even play, Phil Mickelson leaned heavily on his trusty short game during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, birdieing his final hole to shoot 4-under 68 at La Quinta Country Club.
"I thought it was phenomenal," said Mickelson, who converted six of seven scrambling opportunities. "I struck it horrible but I scored out of my mind, so I'm very happy with it."
Mickelson's last competitive start came at the Safeway Ope
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Many golf fans may not know the name Kiradech Aphibarnrat, but perhaps that should change.
The burly Thai shot a 6-under 66 in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, a score that left him tied for second and two shots behind leader Henrik Stenson. After the round, Aphibarnrat chatted with Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte to help fill in a colorful off-course persona.
The 27-year-old got married last year in a hot air balloon, and as a car e
- Jordan Spieth shows off his basketball prowess with his brother, Steven, a senior on Brown University’s hoops team, in a short ESPN segment.
Jumper? Pretty good. Reverse layup? Very nice.
In the interview, the Spieth brothers are asked which trait from the other they would like to possess. Jordan, who at 23 is older, said, “a little more patience.” Steven responded with, “poise.”It was also revealed that Steven is the better athlete and that Jordan must not be much
- The LPGA made two tweaks to its Race to the CME Globe that will give more players a chance at the big end-of-season prize.
Beginning this year, the top five players in the standings can win the $1 million CME Globe title if they also capture the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla. Previously, only the top three were guaranteed to win by also taking the season finale.
Also, the players with a mathematical chance to win the CME Globe will increase from nine player
- There were plenty of low scores during the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, but none were carded by the top two Americans in the field.
At world No. 3, Dustin Johnson is the highest-ranked player in the field after the withdrawal by Rory McIlroy. Rickie Fowler, meanwhile, is returning to the Middle East to defend the title that still serves as his most recent worldwide victory. Despite the credentials, both players find themselves eight shots adrift after matching rounds of eve
- There were plenty of low scores during the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, but none were carded by the top two Americans in the field.
At world No. 3, Dustin Johnson is the highest-ranked player in the field after the withdrawal by Rory McIlroy. Rickie Fowler, meanwhile, is returning to the Middle East to defend the title that still serves as his most recent worldwide victory. Despite the credentials, both players find themselves eight shots adrift after matching rounds of even
- While several players are eager to get new seasons started this week on the European Tour, few are more thrilled than Martin Kaymer to be doing so in Abu Dhabi.
Kaymer has 11 career European Tour victories, but three of them have come at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, where he won in 2008 and again in 2010-11. The German nearly added a fourth title two years ago, but surrendered a 10-shot lead during the final round en route to a T-3 finish.
Despite the collapse, this remains one of his h
- After a banner 2016 season, Henrik Stenson picked up right where he left off.
Stenson was flawless during his opening round at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, shooting an 8-under 64 to take a two-shot lead over a group that includes Martin Kaymer and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
The Swede was limited in his practice entering the week, but he showed no signs of rust while playing alongside fellow major champs Danny Willett and Dustin Johnson. Starting on the back nine, Stenson shot an outward 30 a
- We're still one week away from Tiger Woods' 2017 debut, but the standard questions are the same as they ever were: can he win again, and can he someday add to his career haul of 14 majors?
Woods turned 41 last month, and his last PGA Tour win remains the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Despite missing more than a year because of a back injury, he has the support of one former adversary in Ernie Els.
Els was 42 when he won the 2012 Open Championship, the second in a run of three straight years
- The Presidents Cup is still about nine months away, but U.S. captain Steve Stricker said Wednesday he is already getting calls from one of his assistants – Tiger Woods.
"He called me a couple weeks ago and said he had a couple ideas," Stricker said on "Fairways of Life."
Stricker and Woods were assistants on Davis Love III's Ryder Cup squad, and both Woods and Love have been named assistants for Stricker's Presidents Cup team.
Woods famously convinced Love to send out Patrick Reed and Jor
- The European Tour is getting creative once again at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, and their decision to add some on-course music appears to have plenty of player support.
A DJ booth has been set up near the driving range in Abu Dhabi, and several players took turns manning the station Wednesday. When competition begins in earnest, the music will morph into walk-up songs as players make their way to the opening tee box.
"We're in the entertainment business," European Tour CEO Keith Pelle
- The European Tour is once again trying something different this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. DJ Reggie Yates is pumping music near the driving range, and in the video above you'll see some of the biggest names in golf try their best at playing DJ ... even DJ, himself.
- It was early in the 2006 season at Trump National Bedminster (N.J.) when Mickie Gallagher walked into the club’s posh pro shop and told Jim Herman to lace up his golf shoes.
“You’re going to get to play with the boss,” Gallagher said.
The “boss” is now two days away from a new title – Leader of the Free World – but on that spring day in ’06, Donald J. Trump was just a competitor. It was perhaps the only time the president-elect didn’t c
- Let the chase begin anew . . .
Rolex world No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn will get a head start on No. 1 Lydia Ko as Jutanugarn will lead the field in next week’s LPGA season opener at the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic on Paradise Island. The commitment list was finalized Wednesday with four of the top 10 in the world rankings competing.
With world No. 1 Lydia Ko waiting until the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open next month to make her first start of the year, Jutanugarn gets an early chance i
- Phil Mickelson will begin his year a week earlier than anticipated.
After undergoing two hernia surgeries this offseason, Mickelson will make his 2017 debut at this week’s CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, Calif., according to Golf Channel reporter George Savaricas.
Mickelson, who is coming off a resurgent 2016 season with six top-5 finishes, had the initial surgery Oct. 19 to remove a walnut-sized hernia behind his belly button. Despite saying afterward that he was “all fixed up
- If you tuned into some PGA Tour golf at any point over the last two weeks, there's a good chance you saw Justin Thomas' name at the top of the leaderboard.
After winning both the Tournament of Champions and then the Sony Open in Hawaii in record fashion, Thomas made the trek back home to Florida and treated himself to a new car.
So what kind of vehicle do you go with when you've cashed more than $2 million in prize money over the last two weeks? Just your run-of-the-mill custom Range Rover. Now
- Coming off back-to-back wins, Justin Thomas isn't in the field for this week's CareerBuilder Challenge. It's a development that may lead many in Palm Springs to breathe a sigh of relief, but don't count Patrick Reed among that group.
Reed finished T-6 behind Thomas in Maui, then got bumped to No. 9 in the world rankings when Thomas cruised to victory at the Sony Open. Despite his peer's red-hot form, Reed isn't backing down from the challenge.
"I wish he was (here). I'm not going to shy away fro
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