Jason Sobel - October 28, 2011

By Morning Drive TeamOctober 28, 2011, 12:20 pm

Having written about it on GolfChannel.com, Sobel said that he feels that Yani Tseng has had the best 2011. Tseng has won 10 times worldwide this year including 2 Majors and Tiger Woods in his best seasons of 1999 and 2000 won 10 times each year. And Yani has two more events in which to earn an 11th win in 2011. You can interpret the question of who has had the best year in many different ways and as a result you will get many different answers.

He was very surprised by Jack Nicklaus’ recent quotes about being shut down by the government of China because he thought that courses were being built all over the place. China is currently the place for growth in the world and the golf world is no different. The potential of Asia’s contribution to the game of golf is endless and we are already seeing the contribution in the women’s game. He also thinks that men’s world ranking will look similar to the women’s world ranking in just a few years.

Roland Thatcher has been a bubble boy a number of times and this year he just missed the top 125 at Disney by one shot. It is unbelievable how many times he has been the guy on the edge.

In his second visit to Friday’s Morning Drive, he talked about an article he wrote on GolfChannel.com about Presidents Cup scenarios if Stricker cannot play due to injury. While Stricker’s team expects Stricker to be ready, Keegan Bradley’s team says that Keegan will not be in Australia. So it begs the question, who will be the replacement? Fred Couples and Jay Haas will be there and they have the uniforms and have shown that they can both compete in the Match Play arena.

Luke Donald and Webb Simpson are among several pros who work with a conditioning group called “Back 9 Tour Services” and both have seen significant improvement in their distance as well as overall golf games in the past year. Simpson has gained 11 yards and Donald has gained 7 yards in the past year.

The Shanghai Masters is an exhibition and not a big event but it is good to see McIlroy playing well and it was great to see him shoot 64 when he was paired with Lee Westwood following Lee’s tweet that McIlroy’s decision to leave ISM was “bizarre.” He would value the PGA Grand Slam of Golf over the Shanghai Masters because at least the PGA Grand Slam of Golf has a bit more significance than an IMG-created exhibition although the money is incredible.

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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.

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.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

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

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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

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Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

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

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

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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

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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