Friday - March 18 2011

By Morning Drive TeamMarch 18, 2011, 2:48 pm

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- Scorching Start: Players get off to a scorching start at the Transitions Championship. Paul Casey shoots a 64 to lead last week's winner Nick Watney and three others by 2 shots
- LPGA in USA: For the first time in 2011...the LPGA's best will tee it up in the United States. Tseng, Creamer, Gulbis in the field for the 100 percent charity event
- Japan Relief: RR Donnelley will give $100 for every birdie and $500 for every eagle on holes 15 thru 18 to UNICEF's Japan Relief efforts
- Close Calls: 7 games in the NCAA Tournament decided by 5 points or less. Louisville and Vandy upset as 4 and 5 seeds in the same bracket

CNBC Business Headlines
- Futures Looking Good Early
- Honda's Production Warning for U.S.
- Kraft Increasing Coffee Prices
- RR Donnelley creates 'Japan Relief Zone'

7:12 a.m. - Nicole Lapin, CNBC Business Update
7:15 a.m. - Dave Cole, COO Transitions
7:30 a.m. - Mark Rolfing, Golf Channel on NBC Analyst
7:40 a.m. - Jay Bilas, ESPN College Basketball Analyst
8:00 a.m. - Todd Lewis, Golf Channel insider
8:15 a.m. - Scott Wellington, Tournament Director - Arnold Palmer Invitational
8:30 a.m. - Kathy Whitworth, LPGA Legend

Dave Cole Interview > Listen Now
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Mr. Blue Sky - ELO 'Mr. Blue Sky' by ELO
Viva la Vida - 'Viva La Vida' by Coldplay

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Wednesday, March 23
Rickie Fowler IN STUDIO
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Maureen Wright from Satellite Beach, FL
Foursome at Ponte Vedra Golf & CC in Ponte Vedra, FL


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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 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.