John Cook - January 13, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamJanuary 13, 2012, 1:21 pm

John Cook is an 8-time Champions Tour winner who was an Assistant Captain for the winning U.S. Presidents Cup Team in 2011. He is the defending champion at next week’s Mitsubishi Electric Championship on the Champions Tour. Last year, his goal was a Major and did not get it done although he did get into a playoff with Fred Couples at the Senior Players Championship. His goals are the same for 2012 and while he had a lot of great weeks in 2011, he wants to be more consistent this year especially in the Majors. He would like to have a chance to win every time he tees it up and if he is able to be competitive, he thinks he will have a chance in at least one Major.

In his role as Assistant Captain, he was able to spend a lot of time around a number of younger players who he did not know very well prior to going to Australia. The young players blew him away with their single-minded focus to win and their desire to learn from the veterans like himself, Jay Haas, and Fred Couples. Everyone put their best effort forward and everyone stepped it up with the goal to win and they were able to achieve that goal. Egos were put aside in favor of the team and it was inspiring to be a part of it.

When he watched Tiger Woods at the Presidents Cup, he saw someone who was not only really happy all week long, but also someone who was playing incredibly well. He had been watching Tiger take small steps for a long time but by the time he got to Australia, the ball striking was back in his game and even the sound of his golf shots were back. Tiger was trusting his golf swing again and Cook is anxious to see how a happy and healthy Tiger Woods performs in 2012. You can say what you want about him, but he is so important to the game of golf and he has all of the skills needed to return to the level of dominance that he once enjoyed.

Anything that you can do to put momentum into an event that really needs it is important and Bill Clinton has been able to do exactly that with the Humana Challenge. The old Bob Hope Classic gave Cook one of his first sponsor’s exemptions and ever since he played as often as he could. While he is sad to see the event change in a number of ways, he is rooting for the Humana Challenge and he wants to see everyone involved succeed.

The Champions Tour is very strong and having the return of players like Tom Lehman, Mark Calcavecchia, and a healthy Bernhard Langer is going to be great for 2012. There are so many talented players who can really perform on the course that every week is exciting and he is very happy just to be a part of the Champions Tour week in and week out. He is very much looking forward to getting to Hawaii to defend his title in the 2012 season opener.

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.