Alex Miceli - February 15, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamFebruary 15, 2012, 12:50 pm

Looking back at why he felt Phil would win on the West Coast, Alex recalled how Phil had told him about how good he was feeling about his game entering the 2012 season. He began to get a bit down after a slow start but Alex was still convinced that Phil was on to something with his game and that he just needed a couple more pieces to fall into place to get that win. That extra piece was getting the right shaft in his driver and he drove the ball great at Pebble Beach last week.

If he had to pick between Tiger or Phil at The Masters this year, he has said and will continue to say Phil. Tiger has played very well there but he has not won since 2005. He does not know why Tiger has not won at Augusta National since 2005 but the fact is that he hasn’t.

He likes Lee Westwood and Adam Scott as well but there have always been arguments against them. If Zach Johnson can win The Masters, Luke Donald can win The Masters but there have been arguments against him as well. The only players who do not really have any arguments against them when it comes to The Masters are Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, and Phil Mickelson.

In writing an article on Ken Duke and his journey back to the PGA TOUR, he researched Stacy Lewis who has also struggled with Scoliosis although she has had a different kind than Ken Duke. Duke has to overcome a number of issues with his spine just to swing the golf club and he has to do a lot of things in training just to be able to properly swing. He is over many of the physical hurdles but now he has to get over the mental hurdles and he will do that if he is able to get into contention more often.

Riviera CC is one of the great classic courses on the PGA TOUR and it has been able to stand the test of time in large part because of the difficulty of the green contours, the poa annua on the greens, the kikuyu rough, and the fact that many of the holes are risk/reward along with being relatively short.

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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.