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.

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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.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm