Arnold Palmer - January 18, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamJanuary 18, 2012, 1:47 pm

Golf has started up again for 2012 and he is getting ready for the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Bay Hill Club looks great and everyone is very excited. Another thing that is very exciting is having Ryan Moore as a new player ambassador for his clothing company. He has been working closely with the design of the clothes and he is very happy to see Ryan Moore be the player who will be representing the brand in the field, so to speak. He has been passionate about his look for his entire career and he has taken that passion to his work with his company.

Bob Hope was a wonderful guy and his tournament in the desert was something that he always enjoyed. The people, the courses, the atmosphere, and everything about it was special and a lot of fun. He is sure that some things will change with Humana involved but he is confident that a lot of things about the classic Bob Hope tournament will stay the same.

He was able to get to know a lot of people by playing with amateurs in events like the Bob Hope Classic. He would meet them at the event, get to know them, and in some cases he ended up going into business with them. Among the many people he has played with over the years, Former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill was someone who surprised him. He did not have a fun-loving reputation in his work but he was very relaxed and a lot of fun on the golf course.

Golf Channel is celebrating its 17th birthday this week and it is absolutely remarkable to see everything that has happened over the years. Things like the deal between Comcast and NBC Sports were never even thought to be possible in the early days and it just makes him very proud to see everything that has happened. The European Tour was one of the inspirations for the creation of Golf Channel and it was and still is one of the foundations of Golf Channel.

He has met a number of Presidents in his life and has probably played with 10 Presidents. He will be seeing President Clinton out in La Quinta tomorrow and they plan to discuss a number of issues related to golf and the Humana Challenge. Dwight Eisenhower certainly played a lot of golf (he was a member of Augusta National) and a number of others including both Bush 41 and Bush 43, Kennedy, Reagan, Clinton, and Nixon. Eisenhower in particular was very competitive and no matter what he shot for 18 holes, he always wanted to get better.

In the year of his last PGA TOUR win in the 1973 Bob Hope Classic, he was at a party with a number of players and he walked past a woman. He brushed past and her blonde wig fell off. Palmer picked up the wig and put it on his head. Jack Nicklaus, who finished runner-up to him that year, blew him a kiss from across the room at the party. Palmer walked over and jokingly asked him to dance which then led to a very famous picture.

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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

Article: Finally at peace: Garcia makes major breakthrough

Article: Garcia redeems career, creates new narrative

Video: See the putt that made Sergio a major champ

Green jacket tour

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

Article: Garcia with fiancée, green jacket at Wimbledon

Article: Watch: Garcia kicks off El Clasico in green jacket

Man of the people

Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

Article: Fan finally caddies for Sergio after asking 206 times

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.