Dave Stockton - March 9, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamMarch 9, 2012, 1:49 pm

2-time PGA Champion Dave Stockton is and has been a putting teacher to some of the world’s best players including Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Michelle Wie, and Yani Tseng. About 10 months ago, he first began working with Rory McIlroy and had a tune-up with him prior to the WGC-Accenture Match Play. He is an easy student to work with and a really good listener. He likes to work on a lot of things by himself and in their tune-up, they spent about 5 and a half hours together and is a great student.

He does not have a specific method as every player is different. Phil Mickelson has his own way of putting his teachings into practice and Yani Tseng has her own way. He wants each player to have their own method of interpreting the lessons and as a result the students will be more comfortable in learning and executing those lessons.

Phil Mickelson is using a putter with different loft now which was a decision he made on his own. As a result, his forward press is not as pronounced and he is better able to read his putts. He is in perfect position when it comes to his putting right now and his final round at Pebble Beach is as good as he has ever seen Phil with his total game.

One of the most common bad habits that amateurs and pros alike have is not properly reading their putts. If you do not have any idea what you should do to prepare to get the ball rolling in the right direction, you are behind the 8-ball from the very beginning. He teaches the stroke 15 minutes into the lesson. Also, many players tend to put the ball too far back their stance and not come up on the ball enough.

At the upcoming Heroes Challenge, there will be a number of Medal of Honor recipients as well as the Golden Knights in attendance. Morgan Pressel will be among 13 pros in attendance and they are looking to raise between $600,000 and 700,000 for local charities.

There are certain tournaments that your wife will tell you to go to and the Toshiba Classic is one of those events. It is also located very close to where he lives and he is already practicing to get ready for the event. He truly enjoys what he is doing now with his teaching but if there could be one event per year to play it would be the Toshiba Classic.

He is very impressed with Rory McIlroy’s performance but he is more impressed with how accessible he is inside the ropes and how great he is with the fans and he would put Rory in the same class with Arnold Palmer in that respect. Because of how he is with everyone at the tournaments, Rory truly has the potential to be one of if not the main figure in the game of golf in the future.

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.