Jason Sobel - April 6, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamApril 6, 2012, 11:18 am

GolfChannel.com Senior Writer Jason Sobel is in Augusta, Georgia for the 76th Masters Tournament. Luke Donald was close to being disqualified after his first round at one point as there was some confusion. Donald made a bogey 5 on the fifth hole and his playing partners agreed that Donald made that score but when the scorecard was faxed, the 5 looked like a 3 and it took some time to settle the issue.

He wonders if Lee Westwood can make the important putts when he has to and he wonders this in every Major where Westwood is in contention to win. While he would love to see Westwood make a 10 foot putt to win The Masters, he still wonders if that would happen because he would like to see Westwood have that opportunity to win his first Major.

Sobel ranked the entire field for the 2012 Masters on GolfChannel.com and before the tournament started, he admitted that he underrated Peter Hanson and Hanson’s first round 68 proves that he indeed made a mistake. Sobel would not be surprised to see Hanson win The Masters as he has played incredibly well and could well be this year’s Charl Schwartzel.

Rory McIlroy opened with a first round 71 and Sobel feels very encouraged especially with the fact that Rory closed with birdies on 17 and 18 after starting with a double bogey on the hole number 1. That first round performance shows that Rory is over what happened at Augusta National in 2011 and Sobel thinks that Rory will be in contention this weekend.

In his second visit to Friday’s Morning Drive, Jason Sobel began by saying that he was unable to explain who Hank Foley or Sean Haney is. Tiger Woods at the end of his round on Thursday said that his swing was a cross between his swing with Hank Haney and his swing with Sean Foley. Because of that split, Tiger never felt comfortable at Augusta National on Thursday.

Phil Mickelson made a triple bogey 7 on the 10th hole on Thursday after driving his ball left into the trees and 100 patrons could not find the ball. Phil showed that he could be resilient as he finished with 74 but needs a strong round today.

If the wind continues to blow, Zach Johnson could become a Masters favorite as he proved that he can win The Masters in 2007 when the wind was blowing. Jason Dufner is another American who could be in contention on the weekend. He played very well in the PGA Championship and has played well all year on the PGA TOUR. Sobel said that it would be fun to see Dufner and Keegan Bradley paired together on the weekend and because of their similar scores, that could indeed happen.

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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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