Fred Couples - March 27, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamMarch 27, 2012, 12:53 pm

Fred Couples earned his 7th career win on the Champions Tour on Sunday in the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. After playing in the Shell Houston Open on the PGA TOUR this week, the 1992 Masters Champion will return to Augusta National where he has finished in the top 15 in each of the last two years.

Physically, he feels very good and while he knows everyone is sick of hearing him talk about it, the fact is he is feeling great right now. The hardest thing about last week was the long hours and having to wake up very early in the morning. Saturday he did not feel too good and was fortunate to be able to start and finish early.

You try to give yourself chances to win and when you get in those positions, you begin to think to yourself that you are going to be able to close out a win. He began to struggle at 15 on Sunday and by the time he got to 18 he was tied for the lead. Last week, his misses were to the right and he hit it there on 18 but fortunately right was not a bad place to be. From there he was able to hit a good shot to the green and make the putt to win.

He has spoken to both Joe LaCava and Tiger Woods since the win at Bay Hill on Sunday. After joking that LaCava probably did not make much money because of Tiger’s cheapness as that has been in the news lately, he stated seriously that both of them are doing very well and he is happy to see LaCava doing as well as he is on Tiger’s bag.

While he has played well in Houston in the past and won there in 2003, he does not feel optimistic about his chances to win this week. The tournament does a great job of setting up the course and as he attended the University of Houston, he always enjoys playing the annual tournament there. Some people use Houston to prepare for The Masters while others do not but for those that do, it is a good place to prepare if the weather is good.

At the Champions Dinner at Augusta National, in the past he has sat next to Raymond Floyd who played a practical joke on him when he hosted in 1993. Now, he sits next to Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Tom Watson. No matter how many years you attend that dinner, it never stops being a very special and unique evening. As he gets older, he does not go to a lot of dinners but this is one that he will never miss. It is a laid back atmosphere at  the Champions Dinner and every year it is a chance to tell stories of the Champions who are no longer with us and create new memories.

Last year, he played no matter how his back was feeling and he actually played very well but he could not sleep. After the Birmingham tournament last year, he finally decided that he needed to do something. He asked around and found out about Peter Wehling in Germany. Hank Kuehne had been to Germany to see him and was raving about the results. Couples went there and after the procedure felt as good as he has ever felt. While his back was not cured, he felt much, much better. He knows that Kobe Bryant and LeBron James have been there and he has personally recommended 8-10 other people. When he went there, he had a very, very high level of inflammation in his back and now it is much better.

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.