Rex Hoggard - March 27, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamMarch 27, 2012, 12:10 pm

He had an advance copy of “The Big Miss” and he likens the release of the excerpts to a movie producer putting the most controversial parts of a movie into the trailer. The excerpts do not seem to tell the whole story of the book and based on what he has read, the book is 95% about golf.

Bay Hill is not an easy golf course especially when the wind blows and it was remarkable to see Tiger Woods drive the ball as well as he did on his way to a five stroke win. He seemed very confident with his golf swing and his game and we could be in store for more exciting things.

Rory McIlroy is still his favorite in The Masters based on the way he has played recently and what he has been able to show in Majors and other events. Tiger Woods is certainly up there as well but his #1 favorite is McIlroy and #1a favorite is Tiger Woods. He also mentioned Fred Couples as a favorite because of the fact that the 1992 Masters Champion has played so well at Augusta National and he won last week on the Champions Tour.

Jason Dufner is heading up to Augusta this week to practice in preparation for The Masters with his swing coach. The plan is to play nine holes per day and really get to know the golf course. Talking to Golf Channel on NBC’s Gary Koch last week, Koch said that when he was on the PGA TOUR he could not imagine a player who was 41st on the Money List being able to even afford to take a week off to spend eight days in Augusta to prepare for The Masters but it is a sign of how much money is in golf today.

He thinks that players will not read “The Big Miss” because for the most part they are interested in what Hank Haney has to say although he could be wrong. If Tiger Woods wrote a book about how he trained and how he prepared himself to win tournaments, Rex thinks that a lot of players will read that book.

Davis Love III withdrew last week in Orlando and this week in Houston due a cracked rib he suffered at Bay Hill. Love III is not in the field for The Masters and Rex hopes that Love III will be healthy enough for the RBC Heritage which he has won five times.

History tends to show that if people suggest that the Augusta National do something, they will not do it. Many people have pushed for a special invitation for Ernie Els and because of that it is highly unlikely that he will receive one simply because the Augusta National prefers to make its own decisions and do not want to be pushed or forced into making a decision it does not want to make.

One of the highlights of Rex’s year was going to Arnold Palmer’s News Conference during tournament week at Bay Hill. It is always exciting to hear a legend speak and it was also surreal that he was unable to meet the Champion on the 18th green due to the blood pressure scare that forced Mr. Palmer to spend the night in the hospital. It was great to see Mr. Palmer as active and as happy as he was last week and he is very relieved to know that Mr. Palmer is feeling better and resting at home.

Rex feels that last week’s win was one of the most important of Tiger Woods’ career although Tiger himself will not publicly admit that despite the best efforts of various members of the media. Other people in Tiger’s camp including caddie Joe LaCava and swing coach Sean Foley were both talking about the importance of the win on Sunday night. Tiger’s body language and the way he high fived LaCava shows just how much the win meant to him.

He considers “The Big Miss” to be fascinating and when you consider that Hank Haney, who spent six years as Tiger’s coach, wrote the book he does not see how it could not be fascinating. When you stick to just the golf-related material, it is incredibly fascinating and not controversial. Although he is not that media-savvy, he suspects that Mark Steinberg is doing more to help the book than hurt it by releasing strongly worded statements against it.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

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Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

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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.

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