Jason Sobel - October 7, 2011

By Morning Drive TeamOctober 7, 2011, 12:23 pm

Looking at Tiger’s 1st round, he felt he hit the ball pretty well but not great and that his struggles can be boiled down to his putter. If he is struggling with the putter, he will continue to struggle in his overall game. Everyone talks about Tiger’s swing and his swing coaches but no one ever talks about Tiger’s short game and how he works on it. In fact, Tiger has admitted that he has neglected work on his short game in favor of his full swing. Tiger’s one short game coach was his father who has been gone for five years and while he can bring back past lessons, Tiger needs to work with someone else if he is going to improve. Patrick Cantlay seemed so cool and collected at CordeValle that he wondered if Tiger was at a disadvantage by being grouped with Cantlay instead of the other way around. On Twitter, he had agreed with an observation that Fred Couples and Yankees Manager Joe Girardi sound very similar to each other and then participated in a quiz to name that voice. He missed the two Girardi sound bites but got the Couples sound bites correct.

In his second visit on Friday’s Morning Drive, he began by noting how much scrutiny there is on everything that Tiger Woods does and then reminded everyone that he is only six shots off the lead and by no means out of it. He thinks the odds of Tiger winning this week is 5% or less and repeated that we should not automatically write Tiger off because of a first round 73 although he doubts that Tiger will win this week. Tiger says he prefers tournaments where the winning score is single digit under par but he tends to play better than everyone else when he plays on a course where there are a lot of birdies. Rickie Fowler is playing in South Korea with Rory McIlroy and Y.E. Yang and if he wins it would be good for him but not as good for him as it would be if he won on the PGA TOUR. He is 22 years old and a great talent who will win eventually and Sobel likened him to David Duval who also needed some time before he earned his first win on the PGA TOUR and then went on to win numerous times including big events. If Tiger wins this week, a lot of people will put an asterisk on the victory because it took place in a Fall Series event and not a regular FedExCup season win. Anytime you win, it is good on a lot of different levels and for Rickie, he may simply need to hoist a trophy to go to that next level. In the Bankia Madrid Masters, Elliot Saltman made his third hole-in-one on the 2011 European Tour and for the achievement, he won his weight in ham and he is 240 pounds. He then quoted a line from a Reuters reporter who said that Saltman will be able to dine out on his hole-in-one prize for some weeks.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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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.