Annika Sorenstam - May 10, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamMay 10, 2012, 12:09 pm

Rickie Fowler earned his first PGA TOUR win last week in Charlotte and when asked his place in the American golf atmosphere, Annika said that he would not be in her top 3 but he is certainly up there. She has played with him a couple of times and she is definitely a fan. Rickie is not only a great player but he is also a nice person who signs every autograph and conducts himself very well. When she earned her first win, she felt a sense of relief and a sense that she belonged on the LPGA Tour and that she may have a future as a professional golfer. She senses that Rickie may be feeling some of those same emotions following his win in Charlotte last week.

If she could determine the way someone is inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, Annika has been a supporter of the points system because it is an objective way to determine whether or not you should be in the Hall of Fame. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003 at the peak of her career and while it was an interesting feeling to be inducted while she was still playing, she sees the positives behind it including the fact that inductees will be able to enjoy the feeling of inclusion not only while they are still alive, but also while they are still actively competing which is a special feeling.

Annika & Friends is being held this weekend at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. There are still tickets available for the Darius Rucker concert but all of the spots for the golf portion of the weekend are sold out. A lot of work has gone into the planning of this event and everyone is very excited and Annika is thankful to have such a great staff working for her. More information is available on

When watching Tiger Woods, she thinks that he will come back from his missed cut at Quail Hollow last week to have a good performance at TPC Sawgrass. His stats seem to be good in 2012 but he is continually tinkering with his swing and that invites more analysis which makes a tough week even tougher. She thinks that a good week for Tiger Woods would be a top 10 finish but she also knows that Tiger would not be very happy with anything short of a win at TPC Sawgrass this week.

She does not believe in decompressing after a win and that if you are playing well, you should continue to play to keep the momentum going and try to keep the confidence high. If Rickie Fowler is feeling good, he should keep playing as long as he wants because he is playing well.

Annika was in Brazil last week for the HSBC LPGA Brasil Cup. Brazil is a nation with over 200 million people but the city of Rio where the tournament was played has just two golf courses. If golf is able to grow in Brazil, it will be huge for both Brazil and the game and the 2016 Olympics can only help to speed up that growth. She had a wonderful time in Rio and met a lot of young girls who are interested in learning about the game of golf. Every morning she saw so many people playing beach volleyball or soccer or just running along the beach. It was amazing to see so many active people in Rio and she hopes that golf can become popular there as well.

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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

Masters victory

Article: Garcia defeats Rose to win Masters playoff

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Video: See the putt that made Sergio a major champ

Green jacket tour

Article: Take a look at Sergio's crazy, hectic media tour

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Man of the people

Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

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Article: Sergio donates money for Texas flood relief

Article: Connelly, Garcia paired years after photo together

Ace at 17th at Sawgrass

Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

Article: Garcia, wife expecting first child in March 2018

Departure from TaylorMade

Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade

Squashed beef with Paddy

Article: Harrington: Garcia was a 'sore loser'

Article: Sergio, Padraig had 'great talk,' are 'fine'

Victory at Valderrama

Article: Garcia gets first win since Masters at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm
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Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

Well, this is a one new one.

According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.