Paul Goydos - April 7, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamApril 7, 2012, 11:59 am

2-time PGA TOUR winner Paul Goydos has played in the Masters Tournament twice and is an analyst this week for Golf Channel’s Live From The Masters coverage. Looking at Fred Couples who is 52 years old and tied for the lead, Goydos is most impressed with how good he is at his age. Today he plays as well as the best players in the world and Goydos knows this from personal experience. He thinks that Couples will have a chance to win on Sunday if the scores stay where they are.

One of the big questions this week is how Rory McIlroy will handle The Masters this year after what happened in 2011. However, Jason Dufner is not getting as much attention for bouncing back after a collapse late in the 2011 PGA Championship. Goydos thinks that everyone should watch Dufner this weekend and thinks that he will be in contention.

It is amazing to see how many players are missing the green at 18 to the left which is where you cannot be. The weather and soft conditions may have an impact but if you hit it in the left bunker by the 18th green, it almost guarantees a bogey.

Phil Mickelson is three shots back and while that is not a big deficit, there are a lot of players between him and the lead and Phil has to play well on Saturday while at the same time hope that a player like Jason Dufner does not go low as well because it would negate any gains he hoped to make in the third round.

Tiger Woods is 8 shots back entering the weekend and there are a lot of players between him and the lead. Goydos said that he thinks that Tiger seems to dislike bad golf more than he likes good golf. He was great at Bay Hill but he has not been swinging well at all this week. If Tiger shoots 65 today, chances are the conditions will be so nice that a lot of players will go low too and negate any gains that Tiger could have hoped to make. Tiger seems to be playing golf swing and not golf but unfortunately you cannot switch that routine on and off at random. Apathy, not anger, means that you do not like something. He certainly cares about how he plays and he is certainly getting frustrated at his state of play right now. We saw joy when Tiger won at Bay Hill which suggests that Tiger still has joy in golf.

You see excitement when you see Bubba Watson and if you want to watch someone having fun playing golf, you should watch Bubba Watson. He is playing very consistent golf for someone who is not very consistent in many ways and it would be great for golf if he were to win The Masters this weekend.

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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

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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

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

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Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


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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.