Jason Sobel - February 3, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamFebruary 3, 2012, 1:16 pm

Jason Sobel is in Scottsdale, Arizona this week for the Waste Management Phoenix Open where he is live chatting from the 16th hole coliseum at TPC Scottsdale on GolfChannel.com. He began by saying how hard it is to actually get a seat around the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale and it is rare to sit there between two empty seats as he did yesterday. He spoke to a few people who come to the 16th hole every year and are part of  the essence of that hole as they come with player bios and lead a lot of the chants.

There will be some birthday hats and other birthday-related cheer because Heath Slocum and Chris Stroud are celebrating their birthdays today. Kevin Na will get some Tin Cup references because of his 16 last year on one hole in the Valero Texas Open. All of the cheers are in good fun.

The PGA TOUR thinks that they can use the Waste Management Phoenix Open as an example of how tournaments can and should be organized around the country. The Thunderbirds organization does a fantastic job of running this event and so many people in the community are involved in this event as a volunteer, event organizer, or spectator. There are very few people in Scottsdale who are not involved in this event and hopefully this can be the case in other cities and communities.

He doubts that there will be another frost delay on Friday however some first round groups who are finishing up will be playing at the same time as second round groups who are beginning their rounds. Also, the first round groups who are finishing will have quick turnarounds which could be interesting for pace of play and for determining the leaderboard for the weekend.

Phil Mickelson is an eternal optimist and that is certainly the case this week in Scottsdale. A 2-time Champion of this event, he started with a 68 and views this week as the start of his season following a T49 in the Humana Challenge and a missed cut in the Farmers Insurance Open. A 39-time PGA TOUR winner and a World Golf Hall of Fame inductee this year, Phil is still motivated to win more and more at the age of 41 because he is very competitive. As for the Super Bowl, he is picking the New England Patriots as he has been a big Pats fan for years.

In his second visit to Friday’s edition of Morning Drive, he started by saying that it was still dark in Scottsdale but he had a feeling that the party was going to start very soon. Sobel felt that the best story of the first round was Kyle Stanley who shot a first round 69 after the final round debacle at Torrey Pines on Sunday. He fully expected Stanley to bounce back quickly but he did not expect him to bounce back this quickly however he is very pleased to see Stanley start well this week.

The tradition of players throwing stuff into the crowds began with his Grey Goose 19th Hole colleague Tripp Isenhour and for those who want to catch stuff, you have to position yourself in the right place on Thursday or Friday and get to the course early to secure your seat. Sobel said if Golf Channel would give him stuff to throw  out, he will certainly do that.

Jarrod Lyle, who made a hole-in-one at 16 last year, got into the field this year after Nick Watney withdrew and he has started strong this week. Since the Phoenix Open moved to TPC Scottsdale in 1987, there have been a total of 8 aces and while he hopes that there will be a ninth ace, he wants it to happen later in the day on Friday or Saturday when the crowds will be their biggest.

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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

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup


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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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

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Cart on the green


Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green


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


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


Trump golf properties

Vandalism

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Finances


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

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Reportedly fake TIME covers


Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover


Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up


Pros comment on the president

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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.