Luke Donald - February 14, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamFebruary 14, 2012, 1:26 pm

World #1 and 2011 PGA TOUR Player of the Year Luke Donald is making his 2012 PGA TOUR debut this week in the Northern Trust Open. He won the 2011 WGC-Accenture Match Play and was not a #1 seed and he became more and more comfortable as the week on because he was able to get through his early matches pretty easily and by the final match, he was feeling very, very good about his game when he went on to beat Martin Kaymer.

When it comes to who he would like to beat, Luke said that there were a number of people he would love to meet face-to-face and take down and he mentioned Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy specifically.

His mindset in Match Play is to not give holes away by making mistakes. He has a very consistent game where he does not make a lot of bogeys. The best thing he can do is force his opponents to make a lot of birdies and if they do and go on to win, he will have a lot of respect for their performance although he certainly would not like losing.

While he does not want to give away too many Match Play secrets, he said that he likes to avoid talking a lot during his matches but the best strategy is to keep hitting iron shots close to the pin which would make birdies easier to obtain and force opponents to top him.

He is very excited that Conway Farms near Chicago will be the host of the 2013 BMW Championship. He plays a lot of golf at Conway Farms when he is living in Chicago and it is a great course that has hosted an NCAA Championship and is currently having some work done to make it an even better course by 2013.

He is hoping that during the Ryder Cup which is at Medinah near Chicago that he and the other guys will be able a good local celebration although he would not be in charge of that. It will be a busy week for everyone but he is certainly hoping for a big celebration at the end of the week.

When he practices, he likes to hit a set number of balls. The number he uses often is 65 where he will hit five balls each with 13 different clubs. It is a meticulous routine but it gives him a lot of confidence when he knows that he has had a balanced practice routine.

As World #1, he is aware of who is behind him and how close they are and when you are in this position, you definitely check the numbers. He likes to check for fun a lot of the time and right now he is looking at the list to see potential Match Play opponents for next week.

The events of the past few weeks prove how talented the players on the PGA TOUR really are and it also shows that no lead is safe no matter how big it is. The past few weeks have certainly been very exciting.

When choosing between 40 wins and 4 Major wins, he said that it would be tough to choose which one was the more impressive. If he had to choose, he would pick the 4 Major wins although 40 PGA TOUR wins is a big deal as well and both represent proof of how talented and successful someone is.

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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.

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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

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

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Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

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Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

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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

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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.