Golf Guy Grill Room welcomes Annika

By The GolfFebruary 9, 2012, 8:00 pm

As Tiger and Tour head back to the Monterey Peninsula for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the LPGA begins its season Down Under, the Golf Guy is lucky to welcome a special guest to the Grill Room. And as always, rum and Cokes are on the house.

Happy Hour Special Guest – Annika Sorenstam!

Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam was kind enough to pull up a stool at the bar and answer some unimportant questions – which are the kind we here in the Grill Room want answered:

Favorite all-time movie: Gladiator (no real shock there)

Funniest fellow golfer: JoAnne Carner (some love for Big Mama!)

Favorite meal: Pasta bolognese (Golf Guy honestly thinks that means pasta with cut up bits of bologna)

Favorite all-time band: U2 (I wholeheartedly concur)

Favorite thing about golf: The challenge (precisely where Annika and I drift apart)

Grill Room Annika appetizers: 10 major championship victories; 72 career LPGA wins; eight Solheim Cup appearances with an overall record of 22-11-4; eight LPGA Player of the Year awards; crossed over golf and sports boundaries with her appearance at the 2003 Colonial – the first female golfer to play a PGA Tour event since 1945; enjoyed a stretch from 2001-2006 in which she played 24 majors, won eight and had seven other top-5 finishes; and my favorite ... fired a 59 at the Standard Register Ping at Moon Valley CC in Phoenix in 2001. Upon announcing her early retirement in 2008, Annika offered this up about her career, 'To single a few things out: shooting 59; my performance at the Colonial; winning 10 majors.'


The Masters 

Stat-O-Licious

In a recent GolfChannel.com poll, we asked, 'Would you rather be a Super Bowl winning QB or a major championship winner?'

The result: Major champion winner hovered around a resounding 80 percent.

Granted, we are a golf website, so result may not have been so surprising. But really? I voted Super Bowl winning QB.

But then I thought, 'What if the question was specific: Would you rather be a Super Bowl winning QB or winner of the Masters?'

That would have altered my answer. Instantly. It would have become a no-brainer. In fact, I would say that it would be my top choice in all of sports – Masters champion. A return trip to Augusta National every year, the green jacket, and, of course ... a seat at the annual Champions Dinner at Augusta National.


 Name of the Week

Australian Katelyn Must: As in ... after shooting a 10-over 83 in the opening round of the Women's Australian Open ... Katelyn Must think about spending more time on the driving range.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.