John Feinstein - January 19, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamJanuary 19, 2012, 1:24 pm

There is clearly an infusion of enthusiasm at the Humana Challenge thanks to Bill Clinton’s  involvement. He remembers back in 1993 when U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson had to almost drag his team to the White House because a number of team members were Republican and did not like Clinton’s policies. The PGA TOUR leans heavily Republican and many do not like President Obama but they recognize the importance of Clinton’s involvement despite political differences.

He voted for Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996 (he felt Clinton was actually to the right of his own political leanings) and feels that his legacy will involve the work that he did with a Republican Congress and a lot of good things although he admitted that it will inevitably involve Monica Lewinsky as well.

He does not feel that putting Bob Hope’s name on the Humana Challenge trophy is a big enough way to honor Hope for all of the work that he did with the event in the desert as well as the game of golf as a whole in his life. Feinstein does not understand why Humana could not also put Hope’s name in the tournament and call it the Bob Hope Humana Challenge. People still call the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am “the Crosby” even though his name is not on it anymore.

The PGA TOUR had to take the money in order to save the former Bob Hope Classic so while he does not agree with the removal of Hope’s name, he understands it. There have been so many corporate name changes over the years that the identity of many events have been either significantly reduced or outright eliminated and he feels that it is crucial for the PGA TOUR to keep ties to the past alive. He added that it would be a great PR move for Humana to keep Bob Hope’s name in the title.

His best celebrity golf story involves the first year of the fundraising event for Bruce Edwards’ foundation for research into ALS. His brother is a great player and he was able to put him in the same group as Tom Watson. It took about nine holes for his brother to finally say something to Watson and it was a great joy for him to see his brother so blown away by playing with Watson.

In reaction to Matt Every’s comments last week, he appreciated the honesty that he showed even if the content of his answers were pretty controversial. In this day and age we have become accustomed to not hearing straight answers from athletes. This is definitely true on the PGA TOUR as it is an organization that does not even make public its disciplinary actions. If the PGA TOUR chose to discipline Every for the remarks, he would want the action to be made public and then he would question the PGA TOUR about why they see fit to punish someone for being honest. He was not thrilled with Every’s comment about how his actions were not as bad as other players on the PGA TOUR but that comment was not as bad as things that other players have said in the past.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.

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.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.