Ryan Lavner

Ryan Lavner

Editorial Staff

Ryan Lavner joined Golf Channel in 2012 as a staff writer for GolfChannel.com and was promoted to senior writer in 2016. He is a regular contributor to the Golf Central blog, covers the PGA Tour and is a college golf expert. He also appears on "Morning Drive" and "Golf Central" while contributing to several digital properties on GolfChannel.com, including College Central, On the Clock, Fantasy Central and the Monday Scramble podcast.

Prior to joining the network, Lavner spent more than two years at Golfweek, covering everything from junior golf to the PGA Tour.

A native of western New York, Lavner graduated from the University of Georgia.


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    Michael Jordan confirmed that he refused to change out of cargo shorts during a recent round in Miami and had 'no problem' never playing there again.

  • Patrick Cantlay

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    With college behind them, here is a list of 10 players who are facing real-world pressure at Q-School.

  • Mike Davis

    USGA executive director Mike Davis hinted that the governing bodies could enact the anchoring rule sooner if there is enough support to make the change.

  • Tiger Woods

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  • Keegan Bradley in the Northern Trust Open final round

    A proposed ban on anchoring is supposedly about usage, not performance. But how did the anchored putters fare on the greens in 2012?

  • Peter Dawson

    Any players pursuing legal action against the governing bodies after a ban on anchoring may not advance very far, the R&A's Peter Dawson said.

  • Phil Mickelson

    Dropping Anchors

    The USGA and R&A announced Wednesday a proposal to ban anchored strokes, most notably putting, by January 1, 2016.

  • Phil Mickelson

    Dropping anchors

    The USGA and R&A announced Wednesday a proposal to ban anchored strokes by January 1, 2016.

  • Rory McIlroy in the 2012 Honda Classic final round

    Rory McIlroy has filled out his 2013 schedule, and he reportedly will be making a stop at the Shell Houston Open.

  • Phil Mickelson

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