Jason Sobel - February 17, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamFebruary 17, 2012, 1:24 pm

When asked about what impresses him the most about Phil Mickelson, Jason said that it is the fact that one week ago, it seemed as though Phil was lost with his game. He came to Pebble Beach feeling confused and anything but confident and after winning on Sunday, he is confident in everything that he is doing right now.

The only reason that J.B. Holmes would not get the 2012 Comeback Player of the Year award would be if the PGA TOUR decided to repeat what they did in 2011 and simply not give out a Comeback Player of the Year. If Holmes wins after having brain surgery the year, he wins the award. Case closed.

Paul Casey has decided to withdraw from the WGC-Accenture Match Play which gets George Coetzee into the field. Casey is a very good Match Play competitor and lives in Arizona so it is easy to assume that he is very disappointed to not be playing this year as he is still recovering from an offseason shoulder injury. Coetzee will be making his first U.S. professional start next week and it was a good thing that Casey withdrew a week early because as a result, Coetzee knows for certain that he is playing.

Now that Casey will miss the WGC-Accenture Match Play, his efforts to make the European Ryder Cup team have been hurt because next week would have been free points for both the World Points and the European Points Lists. There are a lot of players who are playing well and winning on the European Tour and now Casey has more work to do to make a case to be on the team.

Sobel was particularly interested in the pair of pants that Ryo Ishikawa wore in the first round at Riviera. They looked like a checkered tablecloth and someone at Golf Channel remarked on Thursday that those pants made her think of having a picnic.

In his second visit to Morning Drive on Friday, Sobel began by saying that when it comes to John Daly, many people are reminded of the Boy Who Cried Wolf and it appears that this time, he really is injured as he was pictured in a cast. The fact that Daly has done this so many times makes him as well as many other people very cynical. He is more inclined to doubt Daly when it comes to this latest injury.

On the question of whether or not Phil Mickelson is the favorite at The Masters in April, he started by saying that picking a favorite and picking a winner are two different things. You could say that he is the favorite based on his play right now and his history at Augusta National but he is not prepared to say that he will be the winner. He thinks that Luke Donald will play very well at Augusta National this year and at this moment, would say that Luke Donald is his pick to win the 2012 Masters. Augusta National is a second shot golf course that also requires creativity around the greens and Luke Donald has both of those characteristics.

The scoring at Riviera in the morning on Thursday was much more difficult than in the afternoon and in the spirit of evening things out for the weekend, Sobel hopes that the wind blows again this morning which would impact the players who had the easier first round when they played in less wind. It is always the luck of the draw when it comes to the weather in tournaments and sometimes you benefit from the draw while other times you are hurt by the draw.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.

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.


Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


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.


Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup


Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump


Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73


Cart on the green


Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green


Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open


Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National


Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open


Trump golf properties

Vandalism

Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses

Finances


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers


Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover


Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up


Pros comment on the president

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.