Jason Sobel - May 11, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamMay 11, 2012, 12:17 pm

Tiger Woods is in danger of missing the cut in consecutive events for the first time in his pro career. Tiger looked very inconsistent in the first round and the fact is no one knows what Tiger will do from day to day. It is an enigma and a fascinating story and that is why so many people are talking about this. He could shoot 75 or he could shoot 65 today and it will be interesting to see what happens.

Tiger was more relaxed than usual in his post-round news conference on Thursday and Sobel does not know whether it means that Tiger is truly calmer than he used to be after a bad round or he is hiding his feelings of frustration. In any sense, it was a different Tiger than what we usually see following a not-so-good round.

Angel Cabrera withdrew due to personal reasons after the first round and considering the fact that he made a 9 on the par 3 17th hole, laughter erupted among members of the media when the PGA TOUR announced that news. Many media members felt that the personal reasons involved the pain of losing three balls on the 17th hole.

The morning wave has the advantage on Friday as the weather is calm and the greens are soft. As the day goes on, the conditions will get tougher. First round co-leader Ian Poulter may not be able to have the putting performance that he had on Thursday, but he still has a great chance to play well on Friday afternoon following a 65 on Thursday morning.

Sobel was very surprised to see Steve Stricker shoot 76 while playing in the same group as Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson. Stricker has not played a lot in 2012 but when he has played, he has turned in strong performances so it was a bit of a shock that he did not play well on Thursday. Fortunately, Stricker is playing on Friday morning so he has a chance to significantly improve his position and hopefully make the cut.

In his second visit to Friday’s edition of Morning Drive, Sobel began by talking about Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson who played together in the first round. Mickelson shot 71 while McIlroy shot 72 so Phil should feel a bit better about his position. They played in the afternoon on Thursday but are playing in the morning today and Sobel thinks that both of  them could make big climbs up the leaderboard  today.

Sobel was very surprised to World #3 Lee Westwood not have a great day but was also surprised that the top 5 ranked players in the field (1-3, 5-6) were over par combined in the first round. One would expect the world’s best to be in the lead and although only one round has been played, it is still surprising to see the world’s best get off to a slow start.

1996 PGA Champion Mark Brooks is caddying for J.J. Henry this week. Both live in Fort Worth, Texas and Brooks has wanted to help Henry for a while now and Henry trusts Brooks’ perspective and experience. While Brooks is a Major Champion, he still expects Henry to pay him for his services if he makes the cut.

Jeff Klauk is the son of the longtime superintendent at TPC Sawgrass and Klauk has been on a medical extension due to epilepsy. He has been undergoing a series of procedures to find out where the seizures are coming from in the brain and then hopefully doctors will be able to perform surgery to where Klauk can return to the PGA TOUR and play without the fear of seizures. He loves the PGA TOUR and he loves THE PLAYERS and he just hopes to be able to play again.

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Watch: Tiger throws dart, pours in birdie at 8

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 18, 2018, 7:31 pm

Starting Sunday five off the lead, Tiger Woods teed off his final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a laced 2-iron and a par at No. 1.

Woods hit the green at the par-3 second but left himself a 50-foot birdie putt and a 6-footer to save par, which we walked in.

A two-putt 4 at the par-5 fourth gave Woods his first birdie of the day and moved him to 8 under for the week. Apparently energized, Tiger pulled driver at the short par-4 fifth and unleashed this violent swing.

A pitch from the thick rough hit a sprinkler head and stopped on the apron, leading to this birdie try, which fortunately hit the pin but unfortunately didn't fall.

Looking to pick up another stroke - or two - at the par-5 sixth, Woods took his drive 317 yards over the water and hit this second shot from 227 yards to 13 feet, leading to another two-putt birdie when his eagle try burned the right edge.

Returning to his trusty 2-iron, Tiger found the fairway at par-4 eighth and then threw this dart from 176 yards to 6 feet and rolled in his third birdie putt of the day to move to 10 under.

(More coming...)

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Tiger Tracker: Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Tiger TrackerMarch 18, 2018, 5:00 pm

Tiger Woods will start Sunday five off the lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. How will he follow up last week's runner-up? We're tracking him at Bay Hill.

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McIlroy: Time for Tour to limit alcohol sales on course

By Ryan LavnerMarch 18, 2018, 1:50 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Rory McIlroy suggested Saturday that the PGA Tour might need to consider curbing alcohol sales to stop some of the abusive fan behavior that has become more prevalent at events.

McIlroy said that a fan repeatedly yelled his wife’s name (Erica) during the third round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

“I was going to go over and have a chat with him,” McIlroy said. “I think it’s gotten a little much, to be honest. I think they need to limit the alcohol sales on the course, or they need to do something, because every week it seems like guys are complaining about it more and more.

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“I know that people want to come and enjoy themselves, and I’m all for that, but sometimes when the comments get personal and people get a little bit rowdy, it can get a little much.”

This isn’t the first time that McIlroy has voiced concerns about fan behavior on Tour. Last month at Riviera, he said the rowdy spectators probably cost Tiger Woods a half-shot a round, and after two days in his featured group he had a splitting headache.

A week later, at the Honda Classic, Justin Thomas had a fan removed late in the final round.

McIlroy believes the issue is part of a larger problem, as more events try to replicate the success of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which has one of the liveliest atmospheres on Tour.

“It’s great for that tournament, it’s great for us, but golf is different than a football game, and there’s etiquette involved and you don’t want people to be put off from bringing their kids when people are shouting stuff out,” he said. “You want people to enjoy themselves, have a good day.”

As for a solution, well, McIlroy isn’t quite sure.

“It used to be you bring beers onto the course or buy beers, but not liquor,” he said. “And now it seems like everyone’s walking around with a cocktail. I don’t know whether (the solution) is to go back to letting people walking around with beers in their hands. That’s fine, but I don’t know.”

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Confident Lincicome lurking after 54 holes at Founders

By Randy SmithMarch 18, 2018, 2:45 am

PHOENIX – Brittany Lincicome is farther back than she wanted to be going into Sunday at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, but she’s in a good place.

She’s keeping the momentum of her season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas Classic victory going this year.

Her confidence is high.

“Last year, I won in the Bahamas, but then I didn't do anything after that,” Lincicome said. “I don't even know if I had a top 10 after my win in the Bahamas. Obviously, this year, I want to be more consistent.”

Lincicome followed up her victory in the Bahamas this year with a tie for seventh in her next start at the Honda LPGA Thailand. And now she’s right back on another leaderboard with the year’s first major championship just two weeks away. She is, by the way, a two-time winner at the ANA Inspiration.

Missy Pederson, Lincicome’s caddie, is helping her player keep that momentum going with more focus on honing in the scoring clubs.

“One of our major goals is being more consistent,” Pederson said. “She’s so talented, a once in a generation talent. I’m just trying to help out in how to best approach every golf course.”

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Pederson has helped Lincicome identify the clubs they’re likely to attack most with on the particular course they are playing that week, to spend more time working with those clubs in practice. It’s building confidence.

“I know the more greens we hit, and the more chances we give ourselves, the more our chances are to be in contention,” Pederson said. “Britt is not big into stats or details, so I have to figure out how to best consolidate that information, to get us exactly where we need to be.”

Lincicome’s growing comfort with clubs she can attack with is helping her confidence through a round.

“I’ve most noticed consistency in her mental game, being able to handle some of the hiccups that happen over the course of a round,” Pederson said. “Whereas before, something might get under her skin, where she might say, `That’s what always happens,’ now, it’s, `All right, I know I’m good enough to get this back.’ I try to get her in positions to hit the clubs we are really hitting well right now.”

That’s leading to a lot more birdies, fewer bogeys and more appearances on leaderboards in the start to this year.