Michael Breed - September 11, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamSeptember 11, 2012, 12:19 pm

Michael Breed is the host of The Golf Fix on Golf Channel and is the 2012 PGA of America Teacher of the Year. He has been involved in sports for much of his life and in fact was a competitive squash player as a teenager. When he first got involved in golf, he wanted to play and then he decided to become a teacher. He has had the chance to work at Augusta National among other great clubs and it was Darrell Kestner who gave him his big break. Once he began teaching, he saw the positive impact that he was having on other people and he knew that he had made the right decision to pursue a career as a teaching professional.

The biggest change in instruction over the last 20 years is the technological advancement of video. Not only can a player now view his or her own swing, but he can also work with players exclusively by video. He now has students that he works with who he has never met as they work together exclusively by video.

Working with younger students, he finds that he receives text messages, e-mails, and phone calls from students whenever they have a problem with their swings. Everything in the world around us has become about fulfilling immediate demand and as a result many of his younger students have become conditioned to want immediate solutions whenever they have issues. It did not used to be that way as students would wait until they met in person to work out any issues.

Watching Rory McIlroy, he has not noticed any significant changes in his golf swing over the past year. Rory has his own swing and he has embraced that so he doubts that we will see Rory overhaul his swing multiple times the way that Tiger Woods has over the last 15 years. McIlroy has improved his physique, his strength, his swing width, and his acceleration through the ball. He is only about 5’9” but with the way he swings the club, it is as though he is 6’2” because of the way he has worked on his swing and his physique.

Looking at Tiger Woods’ swing, Breed feels that Tiger owns his swing on the practice range and on Thursday and Friday but not on the weekend. It seems as though Tiger still does not have enough confidence in his own swing as the weekend begins and the tournament is coming to a close. Breed likes what Tiger is doing but Tiger relies heavily on a cut instead of a draw and he also seems to have a bit of mental block on the weekend as the pressure increases. Breed has no doubt that Tiger will be able to overcome that issue because he has been able to overcome every other issue he has ever had on the course.

When asked about Phil Mickelson’s new claw grip with his putter, Breed said that the advantages of using the claw grip is that you are able to stabilize the face of the putter. If you open or close the face at impact, you have an effect on where the ball goes and many times it is the difference between making and missing a putt. As you stabilize the face, the ball goes on a better line and you begin to make more putts. When you get your wrist in line the back of your hand, you are able to keep the putter face perpendicular to the ground and there have been a number of great putters over the years whose only goal was to keep their putter on a consistent angle throughout the stroke.

As anchored putters have increased in popularity and notoriety, he sees a lot of players who are struggling with the yips turning to that method. When he is working with students who have those problems, Breed does not advise them to start anchoring their putters. Instead, he advices players to keep their standard putters and use the claw grip.

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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...

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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

Win No. 1: Title defense at the CIMB Classic

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Win Nos. 2 and 3: The Hawaiian double

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Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open

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Record Round No. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open

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Temporary Slide: Open MC makes it three in a row

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Mr. Major (and win No. 4): PGA champ at Quail Hollow

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Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.