Greg Norman - March 1, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamMarch 1, 2012, 1:35 pm

World Golf Hall of Fame Member Greg Norman is in Palm Beach Gardens, FL this week for The Honda Classic and participated in the Kenny G Pro-Am on Wednesday at PGA National with Kenny G, Bill Belichick, Joe Theismann, and LPGA Tour player Lexi Thompson. In reaction to Tiger Woods’ News Conference on Wednesday, Norman said that when you are #1 for so long people are going to analyze everything you do and the fact that he has had some struggles makes that analysis more intense. In order to get back to the top, you have to return to the basics and Norman thinks that Tiger’s problems on the greens are more mental than physical.

He played in the Kenny G Pro-Am with LPGA Tour phenom Lexi Thompson and Norman said that he played with her for the first time when she was 15 years old and he was very impressed then. The improvement that Lexi has shown in her game is phenomenal but Lexi still has work to do with her short game because that is going to be where she will win or lose tournaments on the LPGA Tour and if she can make short game equal to her long game, she will definitely be a contender on the LPGA Tour.

It was very intimidating when he came to the United States from Australia because he was a small fish in a big pond while Rory McIlroy comes to the United States as a big fish in a big pond. It is a credit to the PGA TOUR and to golf fans in the United States that international players have been embraced in this country and with his current performance and potential, Rory is leading the charge of the international players.

He played the Mayakoba Golf Classic last week on a course that he designed at El Camaleon. Many players have praised the golf course and its design and Norman said it is a great example of how a quality golf course can measure around or less than 7,000 yards and go back to basics in terms of the topography and the design. He loves the character of El Camaleon because it is a course that you have to think your way around in order to succeed.

On whether or not he would return as International Presidents Cup Team Captain in 2013, Norman said he would certainly consider it if asked because it is a big job with a lot of time commitment. The players in 2011 were wonderful in their comments to him after the competition at Royal Melbourne and he truly enjoys every aspect of the Presidents Cup. It would be a lot of fun to do it again but it comes down to being asked again and then figuring out if he would be able to be as committed to the job as he needs to be.

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.