Annika Sorenstam - May 17, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamMay 17, 2012, 11:08 am

The Sybase Match Play Championship consists of 64 players in 4 brackets including the Annika Sorenstam bracket. She said that every bracket is filled with great players but because match play is so uncertain and anything can happen in 18 holes, she does not like to make too many predictions during these kinds of events. However, she mentioned that Suzann Pettersen is someone to watch in match play but you cannot ever neglect to mention Yani Tseng because she is the best player in the world. There is always pressure when you are the leader or in this case the higher seed in a match because people want to take you down and in an 18 hole match, anything can happen so while you can have favorites you cannot make too many predictions.

Annika & Friends was a terrific weekend where everyone had a great time. The celebrities were wonderful and they had the chance to raise a lot of money for some great charities. As host of the event, she was the MC for numerous events and that was a bit of a challenge as she is very shy but she still enjoyed it. Darius Rucker gave a great concert and the entire weekend was a success. She is very appreciative of everyone’s help in raising money for great causes.

Earlier this week, Annika tweeted that her son Will took his first steps and he made 8 steps yesterday. As he takes more steps, she joked that she will have to get a helmet for him and she noted how amazed she is at how active Will is at his age compared to how active her daughter Ava was at that age.

The one thing that she loves the most about match play is the intimidation factor that you can inspire in your opponents if you are able to come into a match play event playing well. If you are a high seed and are playing well at that particular time, you can enter matches with confidence that you will win and that confidence tends to make opponents nervous.

When asked about Michael Whan’s comments to Forbes magazine about the idea of having an LPGA event at Augusta National and about his thoughts on their membership policy, Annika said that she had no idea that Whan called the Augusta National every year about hosting an LPGA event and she had no idea that the Augusta National writes a big check every year to support women’s golf. She would love to see a women’s event played at Augusta National if it is at all possible.

Caroline Inglis was disqualified from a state championship tournament in Oregon for signing for a 68 when she actually shot a 69. She had won the individual title the previous three years in high school and would have won her fourth by almost ten shots had she not been disqualified. Annika said that it is certainly a sad story when you consider the circumstances involving her father but rules are rules. However, she is in favor of modifying the scorecard rule even to the point of making it a digitized system similar to that of electronic plane tickets.

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Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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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.

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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

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Green jacket tour

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Man of the people

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Growing family

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Departure from TaylorMade

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Squashed beef with Paddy

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Victory at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm