Rex Hoggard - May 8, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamMay 8, 2012, 2:42 pm

Watching Dan Jenkins’ acceptance speech at  the World Golf Hall of Fame, he started to think about which other writers should be inducted in the future and the two people he came up with were Jaime Diaz and Bob Verdi although he agreed with Gary that Furman Bisher should certainly be considered for posthumous induction.

Rickie Fowler’s win in Charlotte was a very popular one among fans and players alike. Ben Crane and Aaron Baddeley both followed Rickie during the playoff just as they followed Bubba Watson during the playoff in The Masters. Crane actually became quite emotional after Rickie won and stated that he was not surprised to see this happen and knew he would win eventually.

Fowler’s approach to four feet during the playoff when Rory McIlroy and D.A. Points were safely on the green was amazing because it could just as easily have ended up in the water. It proved that Fowler has a lot of guts on the course and this win could very well open the floodgates.

There is no new territory to cover with Tiger Woods so he was not too angry at Tiger over the decision to eschew his Wells Fargo Championship news conference in favor of a web conference where he answered questions from fans. He expects Tiger’s news conference at TPC Sawgrass to be a typical one and does not anticipate any breaking news from this event.

It was amazing to watch how long Rory McIlroy was hitting the ball last week in Charlotte and despite some problems with accuracy and putting, he still had a chance to win the Wells Fargo Championship on the 72nd hole. It was great to see Rory play so well after taking time off following a T40 finish in The Masters.

Peter Alliss was one of the five inductees and while he enjoyed Dan Jenkins’ speech very much, Rex felt that Alliss gave the acceptance speech of the night and much of it could not be repeated on television because while it was very funny, it was also a bit racy at times. Alliss has had an amazing life and career and his acceptance speech was very much a Peter Alliss speech.

In reaction to Rory McIlroy’s news conference, Hoggard said that he was struck by Rory’s answer about the OWGR when he said it should be measured on wins, consistency, Majors, and scoring average. Rory’s admission that skipping the 2011 PLAYERS was not one of his brightest decisions was a big statement and shows maturity on Rory’s part but it also shows some resentment towards his former manager Chubby Chandler.

Rex’s favorite this week is Lee Westwood who also skipped the 2011 PLAYERS and is still close with Chubby Chandler. Westwood has been playing great golf lately and he recorded his best finish at TPC Sawgrass in 2010 when he finished tied for 4th.

At some point, the media will get tired of Rory McIlroy especially when they have covered his press conferences on hundreds of occasions. Players who rise to the top of the game of golf certainly do have honeymoon periods with the media but they do go away at some point.

Rex was in Charlotte last week and a big topic of discussion is the fact that the contract between Quail Hollow and Wells Fargo ends in 2014. It is a very special event for many reasons but the main reason is Quail Hollow. There is a desire to keep the event in Charlotte but play it at a different course but the future is uncertain especially with Quail Hollow scheduled to host the PGA Championship in 2017. Another possibility would be for the Wells Fargo Championship to go to Philadelphia in 2016 or 2017 when Quail Hollow is being prepared for the PGA Championship but many people hope that the event can stay in Charlotte for a long time.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

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

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.

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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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