Annika Sorenstam - March 1, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamMarch 1, 2012, 1:08 pm

Last week, Annika Sorenstam was involved with the Escape For Good charitable event for Athletes For Hope in Phoenix, Arizona where she was not only one of the many notable athletes in attendance, she also interviewed Mia Hamm, Chris Waddell, Anthony Munoz, and Andre Agassi for Morning Drive. All of the athletes in attendance are amazing people who do truly inspiring things. She has known Mia Hamm for a number of years and she does such great work with her foundation and she has been impressed by Andre Agassi for many years. His philosophy for education started in Las Vegas and now it is being taught all over the country.
Chris Waddell’s story and spirit are unbelievable as he has been able to go from a horrible accident and being paralyzed to scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro using pretty much his arms only.

She found Tiger’s situation with the media on Wednesday to be very interesting. When she practiced with him, Tiger talked to her about his interest in the military and his admiration for what the Navy SEALS and the Green Berets do. He has definitely been interested in the military for years but what he did yesterday was not positive at all. The book has not even been released yet and he needs to figure out a way to handle the heat which will be more intense than it is now by the time the book is released.

The LPGA Tour season has played three events in 2012 and she was not surprised to see Yani Tseng play well and win one of those events. The surprise of the first three events may be Jessica Korda who won in Australia and has shown that she has a lot of potential. Annika added that Korda played in the Annika Invitational as a teenager. It was also great to see a veteran like Angela Stanford win a big event like the HSBC Women’s Champions. The six-woman playoff in Australia and the four-woman playoff in Singapore just added that much more excitement to those overseas events and the LPGA Tour definitely has momentum heading into its U.S. debut later this month.

Annika was involved with the Executive Women’s Day at The Honda Classic on Tuesday and was involved in a breakfast and a panel discussion. She was a part of this program which was created by the PGA TOUR to try to engage women in the communities of various PGA TOUR events to try to get more women involved with the game of golf. It is a special program.

She feels that the rules should remain the way they are and not be split up between amateurs and pros. Better ways to try to grow  the game will come through finding ways to play shorter rounds and finding ways to make golf more accessible and more friendly to more people. In order for the game to grow, new things such as creating more team events for kids need to be done because young people are the future of the game of golf.

The hardest thing right now in growing the game is trying to keep young kids involved in golf as they get older. The First Tee is doing a great job but with so many options out there, it is harder than ever to keep kids involved in the game. Affordability is a big issue in keeping kids involved as many kids who may want to stay involved get priced out.

AnnikaSorenstam.com has had a bit of facelift recently and the site is back up online and it is where people can keep updated on what she is doing with her foundation, course design, academies, charity, and everything else.

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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 ...


2017 Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia


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.


Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


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.

Win No. 1: Title defense at the CIMB Classic

Article: Thomas (64) rallies to defend CIMB title


Win Nos. 2 and 3: The Hawaiian double

Article: Thomas refuses to let disastrous hole derail TOC win

Article: Worst week ever ends with another title at Sony Open


Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open

Article: Thomas becomes youngest player to shoot 59

Take a look: Thomas’ scorecard from his amazing 59


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

Article: Thomas sets U.S. Open record with 9-under 63


Temporary Slide: Open MC makes it three in a row

Watch: Thomas loses club, makes 9, misses Open cut


Mr. Major (and win No. 4): PGA champ at Quail Hollow

Article: Thomas joins the club – the major club


Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship

Article: Thomas wins the battle of buddies over Spieth


The $10 Million Man: FedExCup champ


Biggest Win of All? Player of the Year


And One to Grow On: Wins at CJ Cup in 2017-18 season

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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.