John Hawkins - February 22, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamFebruary 22, 2012, 12:37 pm

Tiger Woods responded to Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano’s “beatable” comment by saying that Gonzalo was beatable as well. This is exactly what Stephen Ames and Rory Sabbatini did before they got beaten convincingly by Tiger Woods albeit at a different era in Tiger’s career. He would have advised Gonzalo not to make those comments simply because it is unwise to poke a stick at the Tiger in the cage.

Tiger gave one of the best news conference answers John had ever heard when he admitted that when he was younger, negative comments did motivate him but that is not as true as he has gotten older. He does not know if such comments help his intimidation factor but this is a sign of a different Tiger. But evidence of the old Tiger was shown when he said that he did not remember having breakfast with Gonzalo in Akron a few years ago after Gonzalo recalled that experience.

Looking at the first round matches, his favorite match is the K.J. Choi vs. Kyle Stanley matchup. He knows how the OWGR works, but he is still a bit surprised that Stanley is as low as he is. Stanley is currently one of  the best American players in the world in his opinion and he knows how competitive K.J. Choi can be and  thinks he will be. He also likes the Sergio-Jimenez match, the Watson-Crane match, and the Watney-Clarke match.

When asked about Keegan Bradley last week at Riviera, he did not think that Keegan needed to apologize for spitting. What Keegan needs to do – and additionally, what players like Webb Simpson need to do- is to play faster. This is a sport that many people are trying to sell to the masses and slow play is hurting those efforts. Simply put, a lot of players need to speed up on the golf course. This is part business and part game and players need to be aware when a camera is focused on them and if such behavior continues over time, the purses will not be as big and that will certainly get the attention of the players.

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.