Rex Hoggard - March 6, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamMarch 6, 2012, 1:43 pm 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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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

Masters victory

Article: Garcia defeats Rose to win Masters playoff

Article: Finally at peace: Garcia makes major breakthrough

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Video: See the putt that made Sergio a major champ

Green jacket tour

Article: Take a look at Sergio's crazy, hectic media tour

Article: Garcia with fiancée, green jacket at Wimbledon

Article: Watch: Garcia kicks off El Clasico in green jacket

Man of the people

Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

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Article: Sergio donates money for Texas flood relief

Article: Connelly, Garcia paired years after photo together

Ace at 17th at Sawgrass

Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

Article: Garcia, wife expecting first child in March 2018

Departure from TaylorMade

Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade

Squashed beef with Paddy

Article: Harrington: Garcia was a 'sore loser'

Article: Sergio, Padraig had 'great talk,' are 'fine'

Victory at Valderrama

Article: Garcia gets first win since Masters at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm
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Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

Well, this is a one new one.

According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.