Natalie Gulbis - November 15, 2011

By Morning Drive TeamNovember 15, 2011, 1:54 pm

Natalie Gulbis is the field this week for the CME Group Titleholders in Orlando and is making her first visit to the Morning Drive Studios. The format of the Tour Championship has changed a few times over the past few years and this year, the LPGA got to Mexico and there were only three players in the 36 player field who were not qualified for this week and she was one of them. It was extra special to earn a place in the field last week so she could earn a spot this week. The format has allowed every notable player of the year to be a part of the event or at least be eligible to be a part of it.

Lexi Thompson earned a place in the field with a win this week before she was even a member of the LPGA Tour. Gulbis has spent a lot of time with Lexi and having joined  the LPGA Tour herself at the age of 18, she has been able to advise the 16-year-old Lexi by telling her about all of the various obligations involved at an event every week. She has been incredibly open to advice and has been a fast learner. Everyone knew that Lexi would eventually be a member of the LPGA Tour so everyone is very welcoming of her ascension this year and are excited to have her as a member starting in 2012.

The 2011 season has been very frustrating because she has been healthy yet she has not played well at all. It really hurt to not be a part of the Solheim Cup in Ireland but being able to be a part of this event in Orlando is a great way to close a difficult year.

Team events are the best kind of events on tour and although there are some details about the Olympic style event to be announced, she is excited about this event in 2012 because the team events are so much fun and Rich Harvest Farms is a great course. Anytime you can have a team event with different formats, it is good for their tour and something that she wants to be a part of. Natalie then commented on Erik’s observation that her fingernail polish matches the color of her jacket with a laugh and an admission that she knew what she wanted to wear to the studio so she prepared for it.

The LPGA Tour Schedule for 2012 is being released today and she has seen the first 6 events and is very excited that Royal Melbourne will be the site of the first event of the year. Events in Thailand and Singapore will follow before a break and then the beginning of their U.S. schedule.
The HSBC Women’s Champions event in Singapore is an unbelievable event because of HSBC’s treatment of the players and  the excitement of the fans. The LPGA Tour is so popular in Asia that there are large billboards promoting the events.

She enjoys that the Presidents Cup has a format that requires every member of both teams to play in almost every match. Anytime that you can test the full strength of a team in a competition like this is great for the event. If she could pick a U.S. team, she would put Nick Watney and Bill Haas together because they are both consistent, solid players with complete games. When she looks at the U.S. and International teams for this year’s Presidents Cup, she predicts that the U.S. will win. You can look at the stats and the rankings all you want, but when you have the drive to win those other details matter less and she thinks that the U.S. team is motivated to win in Australia especially considering the fact that the only loss that the U.S. has had in this competition to the International team came in 1998 at Royal Melbourne.

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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

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Rory faces criticism

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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

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Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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.