Jay Townsend - March 27, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamMarch 27, 2012, 11:40 am

Matteo Manassero is one of the most notable players who will not be at Augusta National for The Masters this year. Jay thought that Matteo would have played his way via the Official World Golf Ranking but other than recent success Matteo just simply did not play well enough. He is also surprised that Els is not in the field right now but Els is showing a resurgence in his game and he would not be surprised to see Els play his way in with a win in Houston.

A lot of people on the European Tour are likely very surprised that Thomas Bjorn has been able to play his way back into The Masters because of the demons he has dealt with in the past and the struggles he has had in his life. Paul Lawrie also struggled for a number of years but he has won a Major Championship and his game did not go into the abyss like Bjorn did.

His Masters favorite right now is Tiger Woods over everyone else. Among European players, Rory McIlroy is the favorite right now although Luke Donald is someone to pay attention to. If Tiger starts winning Majors again or resumes doing other magical things to win tournaments, his intimidation factor will return. It is a tough thing to get your intimidation factor back and while other players have not lost their respect for Tiger, they have lost their fear for Tiger and if he is able to win The Masters this year other players will be paying closer attention.

One of the things he looks forward to about The Masters is the fact that he gets to see people he does not see the rest of the year in a very special place. Jose Rivero is someone who teaches players from Spain including Alvaro Quiros and he looks forward to the chance to see him among other people.

The European Tour today is very similar to the PGA TOUR today in that it is all business. Years ago, the European Tour was more laid back and people enjoyed going out and doing other activities such as playing tennis. He is not saying that the European Tour was better years ago when it was more relaxed but that it was just different.

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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.