John Hawkins - January 11, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamJanuary 11, 2012, 12:23 pm

Slow play once again showed its ugly head during the final round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in the final pair with Jonathan Byrd and Steve Stricker. In 2002, the PGA TOUR said that they would start penalizing players with strokes for slow play. It never happened and players today have no idea how slow play rules are enforced. Right now, players are fined relatively small amounts of money in secret. Money will not and does not make players flinch and will not convince them to speed up. If you really want a deterrent, you have to hit these players with strokes. Ben Crane even sped up his pace of play because he was sick and tired of being the slowest player on the PGA TOUR.

Everyone –pro or not – needs a Major and Hawkins thinks that in large part due to his age, Stricker needs a Major win more than even Tiger Woods. This is not a knock on Steve Stricker but when you look at his record of wins, there are a lot of events that did not have the most elite fields and for someone who is as talented as Stricker is, it is surprising that he has not contended in Major Championships more often. At 45, Stricker may have at most only three more years in which he can win a Major.

Among his odds in a GolfChannel.com article, he says that Tiger Woods will win 3 times on the PGA TOUR in 2012. He is not including events like the Chevron World Challenge or European Tour events in this prediction. If he had to choose between over and under 3 wins, he would pick the under but he would not be surprised if Tiger won 3 times on the PGA TOUR in 2012.

Luke Donald has not really done all that much in Major Championships in recent years so because of that fact, John does not see Luke winning a Major in 2012. Luke finished tied for 4th in the 2011 Masters but that T4 was one in which Luke did not ever have a real legitimate chance to win the Green Jacket. Donald is not a long hitter and the Major Championships demand consistency and strength which more often than not Luke has not been able to show in those arenas. Luke is World #1 by a healthy margin right now so there is no doubt he will be a part of any Major Championship discussion.

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.