Bruce Barnes and Ricky Barnes - February 1, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamFebruary 1, 2012, 1:52 pm

While Ricky Barnes is a member of the PGA TOUR, his father Bruce was at one time a punter in the NFL who spent two seasons with the New England Patriots. Bruce has seen the Patriots grow a great deal since he played for them and said that he does still have some allegiance to them although he would tend to root for the Raiders before the Patriots.

Ricky played football in high school as a left tackle as well as basketball and golf. He also played tight end in football before deciding on golf but he grew up playing a lot of sports and was definitely inspired by his Dad. Ricky was 13 when he decided to take on golf seriously and he would play in a number of junior tournaments. Ricky could shoot low scores and he enjoyed playing in tournaments as well as with his Dad.

Something that transcends all sports is the phrase “leave ‘em alone.” No matter what sport your child plays, you must never push them to play a certain sport just because you played the sport or just because you like the sport. Bruce said that he always made himself available to his kids but he never pressured them. Ricky countered that when he played soccer in high school, his Dad would not watch his games because there was not enough scoring in the games. Bruce added that he would take a little TV with him so he could watch other sports.

The Ricky Barnes Foundation is something that he and his wife had discussed for a very long time but after becoming parents for the first time, they felt that this was the time to begin the Foundation. They will be hosting their first annual golf tournament in Stockton, CA to raise money for the Foundation and they will be working with organizations like The First Tee and also raising awareness for causes like childhood obesity. Ricky said that when he was younger he was overweight and he worked very hard to get in better shape so he can appreciate how much better life can be if you are healthy and if you are the proper weight.

When you play the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale, you have to take a deep breath before you go into the “Coliseum” and to adjust your club selection for the adrenaline that you would feel being surrounded by 20,000 people. He does not think that there should be a hole like that every week but once a year is great for the game.

When it comes to the Super Bowl, Bruce expects the Giants to play very well simply because the Patriots defense has a lot of weaknesses and their defense will, in his opinion, ultimately decide the game. Ricky said that he would be rooting for the Patriots and agreed with his Dad that the Patriots defense will be something to watch during the game.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

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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

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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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