Jim McLean - January 19, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamJanuary 19, 2012, 1:53 pm

McLean is the author of the new book on Ben Hogan called “The Complete Hogan” and is also the swing instructor to a number of notable players including Keegan Bradley, Lexi Thompson, and Erik Compton. He saw Ben Hogan for the first time in person in 1968 at Champions Golf Club in Texas. He was blown away by that first encounter and was lucky enough to see him practice and play in person a number of times in his life.

When it comes to players today, there are a lot of them who are influenced by Hogan through their swing instructors. Rory McIlroy has a finish that is similar to Hogan and just as many people tried to copy Hogan’s finish, many players today are trying to copy McIlroy’s finish.

He is trying to give readers a perspective about Hogan as a player and a person by showing them an insight into the people that he spent time around when he was working on his game.

Erik Compton’s health presents a number of challenges when it comes to his practice and playing schedules. Compton has been able to develop a swing that is very simple, easy to repeat and does not require a lot of practice. It is very inspiring to see Compton accomplish what he has accomplished because for many years there was a great amount of doubt whether or not he would do anything close to making the PGA TOUR.

Lexi Thompson’s swing looks great right now and she is ready to go out and have a great season on the LPGA Tour this year. She brings qualities to the table that almost no one else has and he is very excited to see what her 2012 will look like. In reference to Randall Mell’s article on Lexi and her family on GolfChannel.com, McLean said that he has been aware of the story for a number of years so it did not come as a surprise to him but agrees with the idea that this could be liberating for her this year.

During the offseason, he worked with Keegan Bradley a great deal on his shots from between 75 and 125 yards. He plans to work with Keegan more during the West Coast Swing and thinks that Keegan is in for another great year to follow up his 2011 where as Rookie of the Year he won a Major.

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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.