Annika Sorenstam - February 9, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamFebruary 9, 2012, 2:24 pm

Last weekend, she received the Bob Jones Award which the highest honor that the USGA can give to an individual. It was a very emotional and very special evening in Houston. The USGA put together a great video which summarized her career and also had some humor and seriousness mixed in. Her parents, coaches, fellow players, and friends as well as some Golf Channel anchors were interviewed for this wonderful video. She definitely shed a few tears that night.

In reaction to Tiger’s comments about wanting to ban the long putter as well as the act of anchoring the putter, she said that it is always good for people to take a stand on the issue and it is interesting to hear all of the debate on this issue now because the long putter has been legal for many years. She feels that nerves are a part of the putting stroke and that is inherent to the game of golf. If she could vote on whether or not to support a ban, she would say that she would not support a ban today. She knows that a lot of players have tried it but is not sure whether or not the anchoring of the putter is hurting the game or not. It is certainly an interesting debate.

She thinks that Tiger Woods will have a good week at Pebble Beach because of his past experience there and the fact that his swing looks very good and he seems to be more confident on the course. Last year, she predicted that Tiger would not have a good 2011 season and she was correct. It will be interesting to see how things turn out for him this year.

The announcement of the designer of the 2016 Olympic course has been delayed until March. She does not anything about any of the reasons behind the delay or what is going to happen next. She found out through news reports like everyone else and she is still walking on eggshells a bit and is still quite anxious as she waits to hear some news. She and Jack Nicklaus went to Brazil to make their presentation and she hopes that the Olympic Committee liked their presentation and will agree with their vision for the course. This is an interesting process because she is not used to waiting on a jury to make the decision instead of letting the score decide what happens.

The 2012 LPGA Tour is underway in Australia and she feels that there is a lot of optimism and energy involved with the LPGA Tour because of the increased number of tournaments as well as a new marketing campaign. Yani Tseng and Lexi Thompson are just two of many players who are driving this positive energy. If Lexi is successful, that could lead to more domestic events which would be wonderful for the LPGA Tour. Suzann Pettersen has worked very hard this winter and Annika thinks that if she can play well, she is someone who is capable of challenging Yani Tseng for World #1. Both Pettersen and Tseng are players who a young person like Lexi Thompson can learn from and look up to on the LPGA Tour. Lexi would be wise to lean on anyone who has been on the LPGA Tour for several years and it would be good to lean on and seek advice from a number of different players when she can because a lot of the top players do not tend to hang out with each other very often.

She is going to be involved in an event later this month called Escape for Good. It is part of Athletes for Hope which is a wonderful organization. Andre Agassi, Lance Armstrong, and Mia Hamm are just a few of the other athletes involved in this event in Phoenix and it is a great opportunity to bring a lot of great charities together. There are 75 spots available for people to purchase tickets and spend the weekend participating in a number of different events with a number of different athletes, including playing golf with her.

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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.

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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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.