Jim Huber, longtime golf essayist, passes away

By January 3, 2012, 3:39 am

Longtime sportscaster Jim Huber died on Monday. He was 67.

After waking up with a cough on Christmas, Huber was hospitalized and diagnosed with acute leukemia on Dec. 28.

'The Turner Broadcasting family suffered a great loss and we are saddened by the passing of our colleague and friend, Jim Huber,' Turner Broadcasting's David Levy said in a statement. 'A terrific Emmy Award winning journalist and essayist, Jim made so many contributions during his more than 27 years with our company. He was a gentleman and wonderful individual and will be deeply missed. We send our condolences to his wife, Carol, and son, Matt.'

Huber spent a year at Presbyterian College in South Carolina in the early 1960s, then returned home to Ocala, Fla., where be became a stringer for the Ocala Star-Banner. He graduated from Central Florida Community College in 1964.

Video: 'Morning Drive' reflects on Huber

For the first decade of his career, Huber was a newspaper writer, working at the Tallahassee Democrat and Lakeland Ledger before covering team beats at the Miami News and Atlanta Journal.

Huber joined CNN and TBS from the Atlanta NBC affiliate in 1984 and produced award-winning documentaries and co-anchored CNN's flagship sports program 'Sports Tonight.' He also hosted the network's 'Pro Golf Weekly' and 'Sporting Life' shows.

In 2000, Huber moved to Turner Sports full-time and divided time between coverage of golf and the NBA. He brought his writing style to television as an essayist for Turner's golf coverage. Huber also contributed regularly to the PGA of America's website with a column called 'A Sense of Huber.'

Most recently, Huber completed a book entitled 'Four Days in July,' a recounting of Tom Watson's run at the 2009 British Championship. In 2001, he authored 'A Thousand Goodbyes' which shared his recollections of the final months of his father's life.

Getty Images

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 GolfChannel.com 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.

Getty Images

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.

Getty Images

Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.