Mark Rolfing - January 25, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamJanuary 25, 2012, 2:25 pm

Mark Rolfing is a Golf Channel on NBC analyst who was a part of the Golf Channel coverage of the events in Hawaii in each of the last three weeks (2 on the PGA TOUR, 1 on the Champions Tour). Rolfing is in town for the PGA Merchandise Show this week.

Tiger Woods is making his 2012 worldwide debut this week in Abu Dhabi and in response to the claim that he is as healthy as he has been in a decade, Rolfing said  that he was not surprised to hear that because he saw how Tiger was doing in November in Australia. He saw Tiger hit shots at Royal Melbourne that he had not seen him hit in almost 4 years. Tiger also seemed better mentally than he had been in a number of years at the Presidents Cup. He felt that being a Captain’s Pick was good for Tiger because it made Tiger feel as though he was included on the team because other people wanted him there and not just because he qualified for the team.

The PGA TOUR may be in for a radical schedule change that would include a wraparound season and Rolfing feels that such a plan would hurt the Hyundai Tournament of Champions because they are already having enough trouble trying to attract big names. Appearance fees have helped to make the fields overseas much more valuable in World Ranking points which hurts the PGA TOUR fields and put together with eligibility issues for other big events, there are some problems ahead. One of them is the fact that the Hyundai Tournament of Champions is scheduled for the first week in January where New Year’s Day falls on Tuesday of tournament week.  We are headed for a World Tour and some changes need to made in response to it.

At the Sony Open, he saw a number of young players who impressed him but no one impressed him more than Johnson Wagner. The fact that Wagner could play almost as well at Kapalua and Waialae which are completely different courses is amazing to him.

Global Golf Adventures will evolve in 2012 into a Road to the Ryder Cup type show so Rolfing will be spending a lot of time in Chicago this year. He loves the Ryder Cup and he is very excited to spend this year finding and covering interesting stories in the area in preparation for this great event.

He thinks that Rory McIlroy will have a big 2012 and thinks that he will have a bigger year quantitatively than Tiger Woods. Both names are in the conversation for the Major Championships but with the rise of the anchored putter in popularity has made predicting other contenders more difficult because there are now so many more possible names because of how much the anchored putter alters the strategy of players under pressure.

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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


Masters victory


Article: Garcia defeats Rose to win Masters playoff

Article: Finally at peace: Garcia makes major breakthrough

Article: Garcia redeems career, creates new narrative


Video: See the putt that made Sergio a major champ


Green jacket tour

Article: Take a look at Sergio's crazy, hectic media tour

Article: Garcia with fiancée, green jacket at Wimbledon

Article: Watch: Garcia kicks off El Clasico in green jacket


Man of the people


Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

Article: Fan finally caddies for Sergio after asking 206 times

Article: Sergio donates money for Texas flood relief


Article: Connelly, Garcia paired years after photo together


Ace at 17th at Sawgrass


Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

Article: Garcia, wife expecting first child in March 2018


Departure from TaylorMade


Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade


Squashed beef with Paddy

Article: Harrington: Garcia was a 'sore loser'

Article: Sergio, Padraig had 'great talk,' are 'fine'


Victory at Valderrama


Article: Garcia gets first win since Masters at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm
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Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

Well, this is a one new one.

According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.