Arthur Blank - April 11, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamApril 11, 2012, 12:52 pm

Arthur Blank, who co-founded The Home Depot and is the owner of the Atlanta Falcons football team, recently donated $1 million to become a trustee of The First Tee. Blank began by joking that he may not be Bubba Watson but he was glad to be on Morning Drive.

He plays about 30-40 rounds per year and when he is in Atlanta, he plays at East Lake Golf Club although he plays much of his yearly golf outside of Atlanta. He is involved with The First Tee through his foundation and a few years ago he purchased the PGA TOUR Superstores. Through that purchase, he learned a lot more about golf and about The First Tee. When he saw the positive impact of The First Tee on so many children, he felt very inspired to get involved and he is very proud to be involved with The First Tee through his family foundation.

Big problems facing children in the United States include trying to increase the high school graduation rate and trying to reduce the childhood obesity epidemic. The First Tee does great work to try to achieve those and other goals but the current economic situation has been very challenging to not only The First Tee but also the game of golf as a whole. If The First Tee is going to be able to continue helping children, the game of golf has to be strong as well.

The lessons that are taught in golf are lessons that will really help people from all walks of life and of all ages. If children are not exposed to learning these life lessons, they will not be as productive and mature as they need to be in order to be successful in what is a very challenging world.

There are 12 PGA TOUR Superstores that are 50-70,000 square feet each which is incredibly large for a store in this business. It is not only the breadth and depth of what they sell, but also the features of the store including men’s and women’s professional teachers and club-fitting that have made these stores very successful. The service aspect of helping customers understand how to use what they are selling is similar to what was so crucial to the success of The Home Depot.

The first Home Depot was started in Atlanta in 1979 and in that first year they lost half of their startup money. They kept listening to their customers and tried to improve the stores based on those suggestions. Eventually, they opened more stores in Florida and were about to take their company public in 1981. They had a couple of lean years but they believed in their stores and their philosophy and they were able to grow although they worked very hard not to build too many stores because that would result in higher quantity but lower quality. That same philosophy is used with the PGA TOUR Superstores in that they only open 2-3 new stores per year in part to maintain a high level of quality.

He has had great fun running The Home Depot and the Atlanta Falcons. To be able to run just one of them would be great for anyone’s lifetime. The values and principles behind the success of the Atlanta Falcons are in many cases very similar to that of The Home Depot. Looking back over his career, he could not think of many other ways to do things that give him great pride.

Johnny Miller built a golf course for him at his Mountain Sky Guest Ranch called the Rising Sun Golf Course in Montana. He asked Johnny Miller, Davis Love III, Tom Fazio, and Tom Weiskopf to design the course and all four said yes. It was wonderful to work with Johnny Miller in large part because they were able to develop a great relationship with each other.

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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...

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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

Win No. 1: Title defense at the CIMB Classic

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Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open

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Record Round No. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open

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Mr. Major (and win No. 4): PGA champ at Quail Hollow

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Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.