Jay Townsend - May 15, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamMay 15, 2012, 11:21 am

A number of European players are heading to the Volvo World Match Play after THE PLAYERS last week. The challenge is adapting back to the 6 hour time change from Ponte Vedra to Andalucia, Spain. Unlike TPC Sawgrass, Finca Cortesin in Spain is a very hilly course and both players and caddies will have to get used to the differences between this course and the flatter TPC Sawgrass.

Not having Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, and Lee Westwood in the field hurts the Volvo World Match Play and Donald’s absence is a bit surprising at first glance because Donald is represented by IMG and IMG runs the Volvo World Match Play. If Donald had played this week, he would have made five starts in six weeks and Donald is purposefully limiting how many events he plays in a short period of time in order to prepare for the Major Championships.

Luke Donald started slowly in THE PLAYERS before playing great golf on the weekend to finish 6th. He told Golf Channel last week that he tends to shoot himself out of contention early but close strong to record high finishes and that he needs to work on that. Winning in Majors is all about getting off to a strong start and sustaining that momentum and Donald needs to start his momentum earlier if he is going to have great chances to win Majors. 2012 may be the best year for Luke Donald to win a Major and Townsend thinks that the U.S. Open at Olympic Club is Donald’s best chance to win.

The Volvo World Match Play is being played in a round robin format for the first two days with 16 seeded players and 8 non-seeded players. Townsend is not a big fan of the format and wishes that the matches were 36 holes instead of 18 holes because 36 holes give a player more of a chance to come back from a bad start and the event used to have 36 holes matches in the past.

The absence of many big names from the Volvo World Match Play is very damaging to the event. It is now scheduled in the middle of the Major Championship schedule and lots of big names are focused on the Majors and not playing in a Match Play event. This event needs a schedule change, a format change, and a location change. The way things are now Townsend does not see this event growing and thriving in Spain and a big reason for that is the current state of the Spanish economy.

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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.

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