Jason Sobel - December 9, 2011

By Morning Drive TeamDecember 9, 2011, 2:37 pm

When it comes to men’s World Player of the Year, Sobel feels that Rory would get his vote over Luke Donald if McIlroy were to win both the Dubai World Championship and the Race to Dubai this week. If Donald were to still win the Race to Dubai, Donald would get his vote because of the historic double Money List titles despite the fact that Rory won a Major in 2011 while Luke Donald did not.

Anthony Kim and Camilo Villegas are playing in Naples this week  to close disappointing 2011 seasons and Sobel says that he thinks A.K. will have the better 2012 because he is starting to see encouraging signs that he is healthier than he has been in the last year or so and that he is playing more consistently. The main problem with Kim over the years is that he has not spent enough time practicing and right now he is actually moving too far in the other direction and getting too  technical. Kim needs to find a practice routine that works for him and a routine that has purpose.

With Rory’s possible diagnosis of dengue fever, he thinks that Rory is worn out but he is not too worried. 22-year-olds are very resilient and he gives Rory a lot of credit for fulfilling countless commitments in 2011 and would not blame Rory for pulling out of the Thailand Golf Championship next week.

If Rory were to pull out, it would make the Race to Dubai much less exciting as Luke Donald will achieve history on Sunday. A lot of people criticize the FedExCup for having a points system and being complicated but it does provide a lot of excitement and when you compare the two, you find that the European Tour rewards the best player while the PGA TOUR rewards the fans with their respective season finales.

He feels that we are now past the point of no longer having a distinguishable end to the year-long golf season and proof of this was seen on December 4th when you had Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood, and Rory McIlroy win on the same day. It happened in December but it was still one of the best days of the entire golf year.

Sobel does not have an issue with the idea of a 3-event series but would support the idea of improving the paths to the PGA TOUR without eliminating one of them. Q-School over the years has provided some of the best young players in the world over the past several years and he does not want to see this outlet eliminated. His concern is that you will end up giving certain players weighed benefits for playing well in certain events while other great performers do not play well at a certain moment on a certain course.

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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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Reportedly fake TIME covers

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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