Jason Sobel - October 14, 2011

By Morning Drive TeamOctober 14, 2011, 11:47 am

Webb Simpson is trying to pass Luke Donald for the lead on the PGA TOUR Money List and the fact that he started with a 63 at Sea Island does not surprise him in the least. He is one of the best players in the world and is maybe the most consistent right now. The relationship that he has with his caddie Paul Tesori is a big part of that success. He feels that Luke Donald until 2011 has been a bit of an underachiever but because of a lot of hard work, Donald has exceeded all of his expectations and he is very happy to see Donald win three times and be the most consistent player in the world.

Fall Series ratings on Golf Channel are up 235% over 2010 and he feels that the ratings are up because the fields are stronger which is ironic because the Fall Series was created for those players who are struggling to keep their PGA TOUR cards. When it comes to questions about Tiger Woods, Sobel is asked about his personal life more than any other subject. Because his personal life was so private for so long before the scandal broke out in November 2009, now many people are asking him about who Tiger is hanging out with, who he is dating now that he is divorced, who are the people giving him advice, etc. When Tiger is in the field, it seems as though the atmosphere is a lot more heightened and a lot more strained because of the extra security, the extra scrutiny, and everything else that has come with the scandal and the struggles. Tiger has dealt with the spotlight his entire career but when you are trying to get out of a slump and back to your previous level of success, it is hard enough to do that when no one is watching but trying to do it when the entire world is watching is incredibly daunting for any person.

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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.