Rich Lerner - December 8, 2011

By Morning Drive TeamDecember 8, 2011, 1:21 pm

Lerner will co-host the Nick Faldo episodes of the upcoming 7 Nights at the Academy on Golf Channel beginning December 12th. He is very impressed at how well Rory McIlroy is playing and if he wins in Dubai this week, he would reconsider his vote for Worldwide Player of the Year and pick Rory over Luke Donald. He thinks Rory McIlroy with what he did in The Masters as well as the U.S. Open along with his total performance makes him the story of the year in golf. He will also be convinced that Rory could become World #1 very soon and if Tiger comes back in 2012, there could very well be a long term rivalry between Tiger and Rory established for the future. Luke Donald has done everything but win a Major while Rory has not only won a Major, he has closed the year with some pretty significant fireworks. Even if Rory wins the Dubai World Championship but Luke Donald wins the Race to Dubai, he would still pick Rory for worldwide player of the year because he is putting a premium on the U.S. Open victory. If Rory did not have this late flourish of great finishes, he would not even be considering changing his mind about who he thinks is the worldwide player of the year.

He spent two days with Nick Faldo at his academy in Orlando and had an incredible time. When you are watching Faldo hitting golf balls, he feels as though he is watching a master mechanic work on a great car or a great chef like Bobby Flay in the kitchen. Faldo will take viewers right through the bag and his talent and ability are on full display on 7 Nights at the Academy. He has been as low as a 2 handicap in his life and while he can occasionally hit great shots, he will never be able to have the ability and understanding that Nick Faldo, Johnny Miller, or Raymond Floyd have. He is very excited about the 2012 season in golf and feels that the potential of great moments is endless.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

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.

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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.