Kenny Perry - February 21, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamFebruary 21, 2012, 1:51 pm

Kenny Perry earned his second career Champions Tour win this past week in the ACE Group Classic and on his way to that win, Perry set a new Champions Tour record for low 36-hole score when he started with rounds of 64-62 (-18). He has always felt that he has been a decent tee to green player and when he putts well, he wins tournaments. He putted very well last week and as a result, he won and he did so in a big way.

He will be playing on the PGA TOUR for The Honda Classic and the Transitions Championship next month and he is excited to be joining the young guys. He is fully exempt on the PGA TOUR but he still plans to split his time between the PGA TOUR and the Champions Tour. When he is playing as well as he is, he is eager to go on the PGA TOUR and see where his game stands in relation to the best in the world.

He built and owns the only public course where he lives in Kentucky and he gets a chuckle whenever he gets behind the counter and people do not recognize him. That course is a passion of his and he enjoys helping whenever he can even if it is getting behind the counter for a little while. He has a lot of fun talking about what “Kenny Perry” is up to when they do not recognize him.

Of any event on the Champions Tour, he would want to win the Senior PGA Championship the most. The Club Pros are the backbone of golf in the United States and he has always felt an affinity with the PGA of America. He desperately wanted to win the 1996 PGA Championship at Valhalla and he hopes to win the Senior PGA Championship someday.

He thinks that it would be a great idea to have an event where players from the PGA TOUR and the Champions Tour compete against each other. The Champions Tour course last week measured over 7,200 yards so length is not a question. Short game is as important on the Champions Tour as it is on the PGA TOUR and he would love to see some of the best on the Champions Tour play against the best on the PGA TOUR.

When he played in the Waste Management Phoenix Open, he got a chance to get a good look at Bubba Watson’s General Lee car and thinks that he paid too much money. While it is a cool car, it certainly had a strong interior aroma and the paint job could have been a bit better. He got a real kick out of seeing Bubba climb out of the window.

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.