Golf Guy Grill Room

By Golf GuyMarch 15, 2012, 11:00 pm

From a special visit from Sandra Gal, to the top sporting events in the USA, enjoy this edition of the Golf Guy Grill Room.

Happy Hour Special Guest - Sandra Gal

German-born LPGA star Sandra Gal was kind enough to answer unimportant Golf Guy questions – which are the kind the Grill Room wants answered:

Favorite meal: Pasta with tomatoes, garlic and basil (where's the meat?)

Funniest player on tour: Minea Blomqvist (judging by her name alone, she sounds pretty funny)

Favorite all-time movie: James Bond films (does that make her a Bond Gal?)

Favorite band or singer: Adele (female power!)

Favorite thing about playing golf: Hitting shots under pressure (I would go with 'doing shots’ under no pressure)

Gal, 26, won her first LPGA title in 2011 at the Kia Classic with a birdie on the 72nd hole. She is ranked 39th in the Rolex Women's World Rankings. Hobbies include painting, dancing, wakeboarding and ... playing the violin?

(Thanks to my friends on ‘Morning Drive’ for forcing Sandra to answer my questions)

March Madness?

Yes, March Madness has the catchy name and often lives up to its billing. And yes, it lasts for three wonderful weeks. But where does the Golf Guy rank it amongst all the big sporting events that come during a year? Here's my top-5 list:

1. NBA playoffs: Great playoff intensity for two months with the world's best athletes.

2. The Masters: From the Champions Dinner early in the week to the presentation of the green jacket late Sunday afternoon – golfing heaven.

3. Super Bowl: Although America's No. 1 sports day is not always so super, I love it when the entire country rallies around an event by ordering millions of pizzas and throwing millions of pounds of meat on the grill.

4. March Madness: Knowing how much beer is being consumed on college campuses across the USA gets me giddy. Oh, and the buzzer-beaters are great, too.

5. The Kentucky Derby: The Run for the Roses. The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports. I flat-out love the Derby. Sadly, these two minutes represent only 1/262,800th of my year. I wish it was known as The Most Exciting Three Hours in Sports. Granted, that would make it a much slower race.

Would You Rather ...

This was always one of our favorite games to play in college. Yes, it always took a very disgusting, inappropriate turn, but fun nonetheless. So in this version, I will keep it clean and focused on golf:

Which would you rather ... Win one Masters title (with the awesome perk of getting to go back every year), OR win a U.S. Open, an Open Championship and a PGA Championship title?

Me? I take the Masters win.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.