Jason Sobel - October 26, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamOctober 26, 2012, 12:52 pm

After winning The McGladrey Classic, Tommy Gainey received congratulations from many players in person and on social media like Twitter. Players like Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson, Bob Estes, and William McGirt tweeted their well-wishes to Gainey and it is very interesting to get a perspective on which players are popular not only among fans but also among fellow competitors.

Sobel has heard comparisons between Gainey and John Daly but he does not necessarily agree. While fans buy into the rags to riches storyline which is the case with both players, the fact is that Gainey does not have a controversial personal life while we all know about Daly’s rocky personal life. By all accounts, Gainey is a soft-spoken person with a stable family life and is someone who truly appreciates the life he gets to live on the PGA TOUR.

Just a few years ago, Stewart Cink was one of a small number of golfers on Twitter and many people thought it was cool that Cink was tweeting about what he cooked the previous night. Today, a supermajority of players are on Twitter and they are not only using Twitter as a way to reach out to fans but they are also using the social media site as a way to market themselves and promote their careers as well as their endorsements to a whole new audience.

There has been an online campaign to name Larry Nelson as Captain of the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team. Several weeks ago, Nelson sat in the Morning Drive studio and explained the circumstances that led to him being passed over as a U.S. Captain. After that appearance, a lot of support began to build for Nelson and it continues to build. We have seen social media campaigns result in people receiving sponsor’s exemptions into tournaments and even invitations to host shows like Saturday Night Live. If Nelson is named Captain, it will be proof that the PGA of America is listening to golf fans and that social media is a truly powerful tool.

In his second visit to Friday’s Morning Drive, Sobel began by talking about the reaction to Jesper Parnevik’s video of he and some family and friends lip-synching to “Gangnam Style.” It has received over 30,000 hits on YouTube and has been getting a lot of buzz.

Many manufacturers including TaylorMade are using social media to promote its products. TaylorMade has used social media to promote the release of its new irons and it has inspired a lot of interaction and activity between the public and the company which TaylorMade hopes will lead to more sales.

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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

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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Article: After DJ and Tiger, Trump plays golf with Jack

Rory faces criticism

Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'


President at the Presidents Cup


Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump


Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73


Cart on the green


Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green


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


Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National


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


Trump golf properties

Vandalism

Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses

Finances


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers


Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover


Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up


Pros comment on the president

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

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.