Annika Sorenstam - February 16, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamFebruary 16, 2012, 1:11 pm

Phil Mickelson earned his 40th PGA TOUR win on Sunday at Pebble Beach with Tiger Woods in his pairing and Annika admitted that she was wrong in her earlier prediction that Phil would not have a good 2012. She was very impressed at well Phil played in the final round and noted that Phil and Tiger were polar opposite players on Sunday. It is a very good question about whether or not Phil has gotten into Tiger’s head. Tiger knows he can win but he is not winning and she thinks that Tiger may be trying too hard to win.

On the 18th hole on Sunday, Tiger lagged his first putt and then Phil did not offer him a chance to finish putting so instead, Tiger putted out after Phil had won the tournament. She is fine with what happened because it looked like that both players were focused although it is considered to be polite to allow the person who will not win to clear the way for the person who is going to win on the final green.

When asked about whether the 40 PGA TOUR wins or 4 Major wins are more significant, Annika – as someone who has both – said that it was no contest and the 4 Major Championship wins is absolutely the bigger accomplishment. While 40 PGA TOUR wins is a big deal, Annika doubts that people would be talking about Phil as much if he had not won those 4 Majors.

The LPGA Tour season is underway and Jessica Korda won in a 6-way playoff to claim the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. The playoff was conducted by splitting the six into two groups of three and Annika disagreed with that decision. She feels that it is better to have all six players together in one group and even though it may take more time, it would be more exciting to watch. As a player, when you are in a playoff you look at your opponent or opponents and it matters to be able to see your opponent on a mental and psychological level.

She has given the offer of the 2013 European Solheim Cup Captaincy a lot of thought, and she has decided to pass on that offer. She was very flattered to be asked but the fact is she is not in a position in her life to take on all of the responsibilities that a Captain needs to take on. She has offered to help the team in other ways but she cannot be the Captain and it is now up to the Ladies European Tour to pick another Captain. Alison Nicholas put her heart and soul into the job so she thinks that the 2013 Captain will be someone else and Annika is interested to see who it will be. Originally, she said that her decision would be based on the Olympic Course Designer announcement and when the announcement was delayed one month, she knew that the Ladies European Tour could not delay their decision as well so she went ahead and told them that she could not be Captain. Annika added that despite her great record in the Solheim Cup, she is not wired to be Captain in the way that other players are. She does not know if she would be an Assistant Captain again but she can see herself helping the team in an unofficial role.

Natalie Gulbis has posed in body paint for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue this year and Annika supports the decision. Natalie looked beautiful in both the video and the pictures and she works very hard to keep her body in shape. Also, the photo shoot was tastefully done. This was simply displaying an athlete and the fact that it was not done on a golf course makes it inoffensive to the game of golf. Gulbis is in Thailand this week and she has texted with her and Natalie’s main focus right now is trying to add to her one LPGA Tour win. Annika has done a number of photo shoots for magazines including Sports Illustrated and ESPN: The Magazine and she feels that those were tastefully done and she has rejected offers that she did not feel would be tastefully done. This is an example of an effort to try to promote the game of golf to other audiences and is no different than an LPGA player doing an interview with a cooking magazine or a home magazine.

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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...

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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Record Round No. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open

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Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.