Ben Crane - January 25, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamJanuary 25, 2012, 3:24 pm

2010 Farmers Insurance Open Champion Ben Crane is not only playing at Torrey Pines this week but he is also making Morning Drive the place for the premiere of his latest video “The Lost Love.” When it comes to making these videos, he has no idea how some of these videos came to be as he and his friends have simply relaxed and let the ideas flow. In reference to his latest video, he said that he was a gymnast and felt that it was not fair to keep this talent of his away from the public.

He felt as though the other Golf Boys – Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan, and Rickie Fowler – could not keep up with him in the gym so he felt he needed to do this video alone but he does plan on getting back with the other Golf Boys to make another video.

The difference between someone who wins on the PGA TOUR and someone who doesn’t is not very much. There are so many great players on both the PGA TOUR and the Nationwide Tour and the talent just keeps increasing. Anyone can win on any given week and that is very exciting for golf. As for his game, he feels that he is playing well and he is looking forward to returning to a place where he has won in the past.

After calling the anchored putter a virus, he switched to it himself at the end of 2011 but has gone back. Using a long putter takes a tough element of the putting stroke out which can make it easier but on the other hand you have to make sure you are aligned exactly right or else you are going to struggle. He respects those players who are able to putt well with the anchored putter and if he could choose a putter for a young kid to start learning the game, he would choose the long putter because there are elements which are much easier.

If he had a choice, he would not outlaw the anchored putter because it has been out for too long and too many players have come too far in the evolution of their games with this kind of putter. It is allowed by the Rules of Golf and therefore it is fair and unless something changes in regard to this issue, he does not think they should be banned nor does he think it should be banned.

Both he and his wife are dedicated to a number of charitable initiatives and he is involved in something called Day with the Pros at the Madison Club in La Quinta, CA. He has been able to get a number of his fellow PGA TOUR pros involved and they are getting together to raise money to help get young children out of trafficking. They are very passionate about the issue and his wife was even able to talk to President Clinton about this issue at the Humana Challenge last week. 

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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.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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Cart on the green

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Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Reportedly fake TIME covers

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm