Rex Hoggard - March 6, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamMarch 6, 2012, 1:43 pm

GolfChannel.com Senior Writer Rex Hoggard is at Doral this week for the WGC-Cadillac Championship. It has been pretty quiet at Doral so far this week but everyone is still talking about the final round of The Honda Classic. A number of players watched it on television which is rare when they are not playing in the tournament.

A lot of players are very happy to see Rory McIlroy rise to World #1 and play well and his friend Graeme McDowell seemed so happy for Rory on Sunday that one may have thought that Graeme won The Honda Classic. Many players have been predicting this ascension by Rory for a few years now.

Luke Donald has now slipped out of the World #1 spot so as a result he comes to Doral with a little less pressure. In the Official World Golf Ranking, it seems as though it is a three-man race for World #1 among McIlroy, Donald, and Westwood and with a lot of world ranking points available this week, a lot of things could happen.

He was at Doral in 2005 when Tiger and Phil played together in the final round and it had the electric feel of a Major Championship. When it comes to who is Tiger’s biggest rival, McIlroy does not have the experience of playing against Tiger at his very best the way Phil has but McIlroy is only 22 and will be around for a long time just as Tiger will be around for a long time.

His Masters favorite right now is Rory McIlroy. Just looking at the way he played last year in the first 3 rounds convinces him that he is the favorite and the final round simply makes him more motivated. McIlroy is his favorite at Augusta National but not by much.

Tiger Woods has committed to play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Rex thinks that if Tiger is able to win at either Doral or Bay Hill, Tiger’s chances to win The Masters go up a great deal because confidence breeds confidence. He has won many times on both courses and he has always geared his game to prepare for Augusta National and if he plays well, Tiger will simply be following a path that he has followed for years.

In his second visit to Tuesday’s edition of Morning Drive, Rex began by talking about how Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, and Keegan Bradley are all up at Augusta National today preparing for The Masters. Mickelson is showing the other two guys around and it is especially important for Keegan Bradley who is making his first Masters appearance this year.

At the Seminole Pro-Member, Rickie Fowler & Buddy Marucci and Justin Rose & Seth Waugh were the winners of this event which included some of the best players in the world and many joked that world ranking points would be available if possible. It is a special event and the

When you put Rory, Tiger, and Lee as part of a final round, you saw how big the ratings were at The Honda Classic. If you put those three together this week, you will get the same impact at Doral and it will be very exciting.

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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.

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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.

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