Annika Sorenstam - March 22, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamMarch 22, 2012, 12:08 pm

This week on Wednesday she and her family celebrated the first birthday of her son Will who was born 3 months premature last year. It has been a long year but it has been so wonderful to see Will grow up. Her family has benefitted a great deal from the Winnie Palmer Hospital and it has been great to see the hospital grow in part because of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

In looking at Tiger Woods, she said that she would not put herself in his category when they were both dominating their respective tours but she appreciates the compliment. Yani Tseng is world #1 now in women’s golf and it is fun to analyze how she plays just as people analyzed how she played when she was world #1. When you are at the top of your sport, you have more responsibilities and she was not intimidated at all by the additional pressure. In fact, Annika said that she embraced it because it meant that she was succeeding.

Yani is already at the point of high pressure but she knows what she is capable of and therefore she is disappointed when she does not win because she expects to. The hardest thing to do when you are at the top is to stay motivated and excited to get better or else you will be passed by someone else who is more motivated than you.

Michelle Wie has now graduated from Stanford University and Annika said that she has said for a long time that Michelle has a great deal of talent and is someone that everyone wants to succeed. Time will tell when it comes to how she performs after college but she is a big asset to the LPGA Tour so many people are rooting for her to play well.

School was very important to Annika and she actually studied to be a chemical engineer in Sweden before she went to the University of Arizona to play golf. While she enjoyed the studies in Sweden, she knew that she wanted to play golf and looking back she feels that she has made good decisions when it comes to her education and things have worked out well.

She is very proud that her foundation has received a $100,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield to implement the SPARK program – the leading physical education program for children – in 20 elementary schools in Orlando over the next school year. SPARK is a wonderful program and she is excited to get to work with her foundation to help a lot of kids.

With her son’s birthday and the Tavistock Cup at her home course at Lake Nona as well as the Arnold Palmer Invitational, it is a very full week. The Tavistock Cup is a very special and intimate event and she enjoyed watching the golf and seeing a lot of friends at Lake Nona over Monday and Tuesday. While she was there, she was able to watch a lot of players practice and play and she was certainly inspired by their performances at her home course.

Looking at Tiger Woods’ statistics in 2012, Annika said that she is a bit surprised that they are what they are to start the year. When Tiger was at his peak, he had the best short game of anyone in the world and she knows this because she practiced with him a lot when he was at the top of his game. When he plays well now, it is because he is scrambling well. When he is not, it is because he is not scrambling well. It looks like he has his new swing with Sean Foley down but he still has some work to do on his short game.

2007 Masters Champion Zach Johnson is planning to show Robert Garrigus around Augusta National and it is interesting how they have seemingly opposite games. However, there are many different ways to succeed at Augusta National and it is always a great opportunity to be able to learn from a past Champion.

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.

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.