Jason Sobel - October 5, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamOctober 5, 2012, 11:01 am

When looking at the tournaments around the world of golf on Thursday, Sobel felt that the most impressive round was the 68 that Davis Love III shot during the first round of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. When you consider how busy he was during Ryder Cup week plus the impact of the dramatic Sunday loss to Europe, it is amazing that Love III played at all this week.

The Ryder Cup captaincy takes a great toll on those individuals and in fact, no Captain has won on the PGA TOUR after leading a Ryder Cup team since Tom Watson won a few years after he led the 1993 U.S. team to victory at The Belfry.

Within hours of the U.S. team losing to Europe, many people on Twitter began to play the blame game. He has heard people blaming everything from the decision to making Steve Stricker a Captain’s Pick to the decision to sit Phil Mickelson & Keegan Bradley in the Saturday Afternoon Four-Ball session. A number of people also blamed Davis Love III for his Sunday Singles lineup.

On GolfChannel.com, Sobel wrote an article recently about a variety of myths as to why the U.S. team lost. One of those myths is that U.S. Captain Davis Love III was too nice. That is not the case at all plus the Captain cannot hit a single shot so there is no way that Love III could have personally changed the outcome of the Ryder Cup when he was on the sidelines.

After Rory McIlroy arrived at Medinah just 10 minutes before his Sunday Singles tee time, the reaction on social media was immediate and spread like wildfire. After Steve Sands broke the story on Sunday, the reaction ranged from doubt to shock to amazement and the discussion accelerated quickly. Had Rory missed his tee time and Europe lost the Ryder Cup by one point, the dynamic around Rory McIlroy would have changed completely. He would have been viewed differently by fans and potential sponsors around the world. But thanks to a Chicago state trooper, McIlroy made it to the course on time and was able to defeat Keegan Bradley in his match.

During the European team celebration, many players and wives/girlfriends were more than willing to open the curtain a little for those on Twitter. Luke Donald’s wife Diane tweeted a picture of the champagne bottles that were ready for the team members after they won the Ryder Cup. This kind of inside access is very popular on social media and the reaction will only encourage more such access in the future.

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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.