Piece of 'cake: Q&A with Brooke Pancake

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 4, 2014, 2:30 pm

It's National Pancake Day and the Grill Room sat down for an exclusive, one-on-one with Brooke Pancake to talk all things, well, pancakes. Check out the Q&A in its entirety below, and for photos of pancakes (the girl and the food), click here.

Grill Room: Welcome Brooke. It's time to talk pancakes. Favorite breakfast food?

Brooke Pancake: I would probably say my biggest go-to would be some southern-cooking, biscuits and gravy and sausage. Total southern girl. But if I’m gonna go all-out, that’s my sucker. I’ve met some people who are like, 'No, I’m not a big fan of biscuits and gravy,' and I’m like ‘What?!’

GR: Favorite kind of pancake?

BP: Chocolate chip

GR: Favorite place to eat pancakes?

BP: Cracker Barrel

GR: Do you have a special pancake recipe?

BP: No. My mom makes phenomenal pancakes. I’m always really biased toward hers and I’ll have to get her little special touch. Anytime I’ve ever cooked pancakes, I’ve followed the directions on the box.

GR: Was cooking pancakes on the weekend a special tradition for your family growing up?

BP: We actually did cook pancakes a lot. I would make my mom make biscuits and gravy a lot, but yes, when we had people over, we would try to make pancakes for kind of the kicks and giggles of it. For my now-husband’s birthday, we were engaged last year and for breakfast we made him this huge mega-pancake and put candles on it and that was his birthday cake. We try to kind of sneak in some fun things.

GR: Favorite kind of syrup?

BP: Aunt Jemima’s pretty good. Buttermilk’s pretty good. Anything that’s just a maple syrup with all the sugar and everything bad for you is just amazing.

GR: Do you put butter on your pancakes?

BP: Of course.

GR: Do you do anything special for National Pancake Day?

BP: (Coming to Morning Drive) is pretty much as special as it gets. I really enjoy a lot of the liveliness and all the attention you get on social media and all the jokes. I would love for it to be like another birthday for me so I can get some presents, but no, I don’t think I can top (being on Morning Drive).

GR: Do you feel more special on National Pancake Day than, say, on your birthday?

BP: I would probably say National Pancake Day right now.

GR: Can you ever recall a time you ate pancakes for breakfast and then played a phenomenal round?

BP: No, I don’t think so. I have a horrible sweet tooth and it kind of gets me, but when I’m at tournaments I try to eat pretty good.

GR: Do you ever eat at Waffle House?

BP: All the time. My mom loves Waffle House. She has her order down-pat. Eggs over-easy with white toast, hasbrowns, scattered, covered, smothered, extra crispy, gets a diet coke. I mean, I know it like it’s my job. I tried reaching out to either an IHOP or Waffle House sponsor would be hilarious, so I was kind of hoping for either. Hopefully one day.

GR: Thank you so much and good luck with the rest of your season.

BP: Thank you.

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Ortiz takes Web.com Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

Former Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Web.com Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

Memo to the golf gods:

If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.

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Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

"I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

"I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x