Johnson Wagner - January 17, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamJanuary 17, 2012, 1:52 pm

Johnson Wagner earned his 3rd career PGA TOUR win last week in the Sony Open in Hawaii. Wagner began by joking that his mustache, which is nameless and will not have a name although he is enjoying all of the suggestions, gets up about 30 minutes before he does. He and his wife have been joking about the mustache and his wife has gotten their son to ask him to shave it off. He enjoys being compared with Tom Selleck and added that maybe in a year, his mustache will be thick enough to truly be compared to Selleck's.

During the offseason, he worked very hard with his golf coach and in all the years he has played he had never had such a good preseason prep with his coach. He does not mean to sound arrogant but he has never had so much confidence in his game. A large part of his confidence comes from his improved athletic regiment. Last year, he and his caddie were talking about how to get better and Johnson knew that he was going to have to get into better shape to get to the next level. As a result, Johnson went out and hired a personal trainer right away. At most, he has weighed around 250 but right now he weighs closer to 225-230 thanks to working out and losing fat while gaining muscle.

His ultimate goal for 2012 is to qualify for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. He is very proud to be an American and it would be a dream come true to represent his country. With the Humana Challenge this week, he is playing an event that includes the close involvement of President Bill Clinton. He has not been briefed on any special protocol at the event but he has been to the White House before to see former President George W. Bush so he has been around a President and understands some of what it involves.

With his win, he is qualified for events like The Masters, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, and the PGA Championship and while he may rethink his schedule a little, he does not think that he will change too many things this year.

Matt Every is a great guy and he has gotten to know him pretty well out on tour. He is very happy to see him back on the PGA TOUR and he feels that it is unfortunate that Every’s comments were received the way they were. Every will learn from this experience and he looks forward to seeing him continue to play well.

He is excited about the new format of the Humana Challenge and plans to celebrate his win next week when he takes the week of the Farmers Insurance Open off. When he won the Shell Houston Open, he went straight to The Masters in Augusta so instead of celebrating, he was trying to everything organized to play in the year’s first Major so he really wants to enjoy the celebration of this Sony Open win.

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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.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

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

Article: Video, images from Tiger, DJ's round with Trump

Article: After DJ and Tiger, Trump plays golf with Jack

Rory faces criticism

Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'

President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

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

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

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

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

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.