Gil Hanse - March 13, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamMarch 13, 2012, 12:38 pm

Golf Course Designer Gil Hanse has received two recent design jobs: the 2016 Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and a redesign of the TPC Blue Monster at Doral which was purchased by Donald Trump. Hanse will be moving to Brazil to work on the Olympic Course which will be an original design.

He said that it has still not sunk in that he has received the job of designing the Olympic Golf Course. Today is the first day that things have gotten relatively back to normal and he has out at Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey overseeing the redesign of that course.

The projects for the Olympics and for Doral are very different. Donald Trump is overseeing the Doral project and he will be working to restore the work of original designer Dick Wilson on the TPC Blue Monster Course while the Olympic course is an original project. The fact that the Olympic Course is an original design makes it more exciting because it allows him to be more creative.

One of the things that he talked to the Olympic Committee is the importance of their role in setting the stage while the players will provide the drama. The finishing holes are crucial to that drama and if he is able to build a course that will create excitement down the stretch in the Olympics, everyone should benefit.

He and Amy Alcott both understand how golf is not a traditional sport in Brazil and they will work to respect the local communities and will also work to respect the environment in Rio which is very important to the Olympic Committee as well as the local community. He has committed to move to Rio to personally supervise the project and he hopes that the move will inspire trust and confidence in his team.

The biggest concern when it comes to the Olympic Course is unknown at this point because it is so early in the process. His hope is that everyone understands that he and his team are there to do a job and work hard and make everything as great as possible. The unknown is always a scary prospect and there are a lot of unknowns in this project.

He sees the 18th hole on the Olympic Course as one that stands long after the Olympics are over. It is very important that people who play the course in the years ahead be able to say that they played where the Olympic athletes played.

Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.



Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

"We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."

Full-field scores from the QBE Shootout

Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.

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Wie takes shot at LPGA dress code in crop top

By Grill Room TeamDecember 10, 2017, 5:33 pm

The new LPGA dress code got mixed reviews when it was announced in July, and Michelle Wie is taking full advantage of her offseason with no restrictions.

The 28-year-old former U.S. Women's Open champion is keeping her game sharp while back in her home state of Hawaii, but couldn't help taking a shot at the rules while doing it, posting a photo to Instagram of her playing golf in a crop top with the caption, "Offseason = No dress code fine."

Offseason = No dress code fines #croptopdroptop

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Wie isn't the first to voice her displeasure with the rules. Lexi Thompson posted a similar photo and caption to Instagram shortly after the policy was announced.