Alex Miceli - March 7, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamMarch 7, 2012, 12:45 pm

Golf Channel Contributor Alex Miceli is in Doral, Florida this week to cover the WGC-Cadillac Championship. As we get closer to The Masters and the odds start to come out, he thinks that it is appropriate that Rory, Tiger, Phil, and Lee Westwood are the top 4 favorites. Miceli feels that Rory McIlroy should have two Major wins and gave the 2011 Masters away. Tiger Woods has not won at Augusta National since 2005 and he is high on the list because of how he plays there not based on his recent winless performance.

When it comes to the WGC-Cadillac Championship, Miceli began by noting the fact that Tiger Woods has an incredible record at Doral and then added the Nick Watney and Matt Kuchar have good records as well. Rickie Fowler made his first appearance at Doral last year and finished 8th and he is playing well right now with his T7 at PGA National and he added to that strong play this week with a great performance in the Seminole Pro-Member.

There are only a couple of players who can move the needle in golf so there are very few players who could really spice things up in they won this week or in the weeks leading up to The Masters. Rickie Fowler and Lee Westwood are among the few players who could really spice things up with a win this week. Hunter Mahan got some people’s attention with his Match Play win as well.

Heading into Tiger’s News Conference which will not be in the Press Room but rather in the Quick Quotes area, Miceli stated that the location will create an entirely different atmosphere and nothing much has changed with Tiger from last week to this week. There is nothing that anyone can really point to as a great weakness in his game right now and Miceli doubts that we will learn very much from Tiger’s News Conference today.

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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.

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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.