Jason Sobel - November 5, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamNovember 5, 2012, 12:12 pm

With his win in the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, 14-year-old Guan Tianlang will become the youngest participant in Masters history in 2013. Tianlang becomes just the latest in a number of big storylines leading up to the first Major Championship of 2013. Sobel spoke with Guan Tianlang and he said that he was very impressed that a 14-year-old from China can speak English as well as he does. Guan said that while he understood the significance of being the youngest competitor in Masters history, he added that he also understood the meaning that this win has for golfers in his home country. He understands that this win could serve to help grow the game of golf in China.

Although Twitter is banned in China, there are millions of citizens who find ways around the ban and use the social media service. Guan Tianlang tweeted yesterday from Thailand and while it is not surprising that he follows the Twitter accounts of many professional golfers, it is a bit surprising that he also follows people like Britney Spears, Eminem, and Ashton Kutcher.

Guan Tianlang anchors his putter and has been using the belly putter since June of this year. He says that the longer putter makes him feel more stable when he stands over the ball on the green. It would be very interesting if this win plays a role in the banning of anchoring the putter because he would essentially be punished for succeeding with a method of putting that has been legal for decades.

Guan Tianlang was born in October 1998 and if you are looking for evidence of the Tiger Effect, you are seeing it in this 14-year-old Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion. He is just one of millions of young kids around the world who grew up in the game watching Tiger at the peak of his dominance in the game of golf and realized that they wanted to emulate that performance and that dominance.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

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.

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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.