Annika Sorenstam - October 27, 2011

By Morning Drive TeamOctober 27, 2011, 12:09 pm

Annika has been awarded the 2012 Bob Jones Award by the USGA. She was very familiar with the award and has great admiration for all of the past winners. She found out when she was in Sweden just prior to the Solheim Cup and she had to keep it a secret for several weeks. It is a wonderful thing that the USGA has bestowed this honor on a number of significant women including Lorena Ochoa last year.

When you play in your home country and especially your home course in a tournament it is very exciting and you definitely want to show your friends and the audience that you can perform under pressure. It is a big deal when you can win an event on your home course. The fact that Yani Tseng was able to do that last week in Taiwan is very significant for Yani as well as the entire nation of Taiwan.

She is not surprised by Jack Nicklaus’ comments about course construction projects being shut down in China because she has been over there herself and knows what is happening. The reason, she feels, has to do with protecting the farmland for the rest of the people in China. It is her understanding that the Chinese government does not want to exploit the land at the expense of the citizens however it is not an environmental issue. Doing business in China is very difficult and it takes a long time just to start a project there. It is even more difficult when the government can cancel a project two weeks before completion as they have with Jack Nicklaus’ project.

Reacting to the news of the split between Rory McIlroy and ISM, she said that the timing of the split is very interesting but she has no idea what is going on behind the scenes. The relationship with an agent can be very similar to that of a caddie as many people do not know a lot of details about that relationship and there can be plenty of changes. She has been with IMG for the last 16 years and your goals and needs evolve over time. At this point in her life, her needs involve her foundation, course design, teaching facility, and other long-term projects outside of playing golf. IMG is able to support those needs and that is a big reason why she is still with them. Darius Rucker is performing as part of Annika and Friends in Sandestin in May 2012 and she is very excited about that event which will raise money for her foundation. She made sure to include Erik and Gary among her “friends.”

On the delay of the PGA TOUR Player of the Year voting until after the WGC-HSBC Champions, she said that if she were in Luke Donald’s shoes she would feel as though the process were sketchy as well. She would be an advocate of making the PGA TOUR Player of the Year based on a points system as that is the system on the LPGA Tour. It would be about accomplishment and not politics in that case. Everyone will know how much wins are worth and the results will be straight forward. There can still be a conversation over who the Player of the Year is with a points system but with such a system in place, players will be able to make their case with their golf clubs and not with lobbying.

Commenting on the USGA/R&A ruling that you are no longer penalized for having the wind move your ball, she is in complete support of the change as it makes everything more fair and she does not believe that someone should be penalized because of circumstances outside one’s control. If she could change a rule, she would advocate changing the rule where one has to play out of a divot in the fairway.

She said that there is a big announcement later Thursday relating to the future of the Reunion Resort in Orlando, Florida where her academy is located. Her favorite Halloween costume growing up was Bjorn Borg as she was a huge fan of tennis growing up and she would wear the headband, wristbands, and short white shorts just like Borg wore on the  tennis court.

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 GolfChannel.com 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.