Jason Sobel - March 2, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamMarch 2, 2012, 1:19 pm

Tiger Woods took 34 putts in the first round at The Honda Classic but while the putts did not fall, Sobel said that his swing looked really good and even added that he has seen some worst putting rounds from Tiger than what he saw on Thursday. Everyone who plays the game of golf understands how you can putt well but not have a lot of them go in and that is what Tiger said after his first round.

When it comes to opinions on Tiger from other players, Sobel said that what he tends to hear the most often is how players are expecting Tiger to return to form but they are just waiting for when that exact moment is. Players also want to Tiger to return to form.

He has always heard from fans how the media is too nice to Tiger. The media tries to do its job by asking solid, relevant, and sometimes difficult questions. Members of the media do not necessarily have an agenda but they do have a job to do and sometimes that job involves asking Tiger Woods some hard questions even when the expectation is that Tiger will not answer those questions. A couple of weeks ago at Pebble Beach, he asked Tiger if he would play in The Honda Classic. Tiger did not answer him that day but he ended up playing at PGA National.

It seems like every two years a Ryder Cup Captain has a great round and the discussion about whether or not he could be a playing captain begins again. He does not think that Davis Love III will be a playing captain and that is not a negative reflection on him. Instead, it is an acknowledgement of the reality that the quality of younger Americans who are trying to make the team is so much stronger than it was in years past when there were playing captains. The quality is so strong that there will be some big American names who play well but do not make Davis Love III’s team at Medinah.

In his second visit to Friday’s Morning Drive, Sobel began by saying that the future is now and the future is Rory McIlroy. When he was not winning tournaments, he was often missing cuts or finishing at the bottom of the field. But what we are starting to see now is what we saw with Tiger Woods when he first became the future of golf: McIlroy will either win or he will be in contention deep into the final round. Rory will become #1 in the world and while it is not always the case, Sobel thinks it will be the case with Rory that the World #1 is truly the best player in the world.

While Sean Foley teaches Tiger Woods and receives a lot of coverage, he also teaches 2012 WGC-Accenture Match Play Champion Hunter Mahan and Justin Rose who got off to a great start on Thursday. Sobel thinks that Rose is on the verge of having a big season and Mahan has already proven that he can win in big events. Both Mahan and Rose are on the short list of players who will be big contenders to win Majors in 2012.

This is a home game for Erik Compton and he started with a 67 at PGA National on Thursday. Compton has acknowledged that his story involving the two heart transplants is bigger than he is. Sobel said that Compton is trying to make his story now about his golf game and not about his medical experiences. He is a very, very good player and we should not be surprised anymore when we see him on the leaderboard. If Compton is in the final group of a tournament, more people will root for Compton than anyone else and that includes Tiger Woods.

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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.


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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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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green


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


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Vandalism

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Finances


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Reportedly fake TIME covers


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Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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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.