John Feinstein - May 10, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamMay 10, 2012, 12:26 pm

Golf Channel Contributor John Feinstein is in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL this week for THE PLAYERS. When asked about holding THE PLAYERS in March or May, he said that he prefers March for several reasons. The weather tends to be cooler and the crowds tend to be bigger in March. The main reason that the PGA TOUR wanted to move THE PLAYERS was that the PGA TOUR did not want their main event to be viewed as a warm-up for The Masters. By moving THE PLAYERS to May, it no longer carries that tag which the PGA TOUR views as negative.

We have been hearing Tiger talk about his swing for two years and how it is a process and that he needs more reps and after some progression in his answers to swing questions, he seems to be going back to a lot of clichés. Feinstein would like to hear Tiger make more comments about specific rounds and what he did right and wrong and what he did after the round in order to prepare for the next round.

When asked about the criteria for World Golf Hall of Fame induction, Feinstein started by saying how great it was that Peter Alliss and Dan Jenkins were inducted and that they should have been inducted years ago. Since there is no real retirement in professional golf, there needs to be a different cut-off point and he would support increasing the minimum age to 50 from 40. You can also make exceptions to the rule when it comes to Hall of Fame players who pass away before the age of 50 and Payne Stewart is a perfect example of such an exception.

On the idea of an aggregate playoff on 16, 17, and 18 at THE PLAYERS, Feinstein thinks that is fine for this tournament although we should not have them every week. Television would not like the idea for aggregate playoffs every week because they would take too long to complete. He added that he certainly does not support the idea of beginning a sudden death playoff at the 17th hole before saying that he would not be surprised to see an aggregate playoff for the 2013 edition of THE PLAYERS.

Years ago, he interviewed Andre Agassi’s agent who said that Agassi did not need the media to communicate to the public and that Agassi communicated directly to the fans through his commercials. Athletes avoid the media and instead use other methods of communication in order to control the message and as more options become available, the media will have a harder time talking to players in the future.

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 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.