Roger Maltbie - March 23, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamMarch 23, 2012, 1:05 pm

Golf Channel on NBC Analyst Roger Maltbie is in Orlando, Florida this week for coverage of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Over the past few months, Roger has lost 43 pounds and he plans to lose more weight. He tried to lose weight a couple of years ago with little success but he ran into a doctor he knew who told Roger that he really needed to lose weight. Roger began with a five week fast where he did not eat any food for that period of time. He has a good plan right now and he is excited to lose more weight.

The best things about the Bay Hill Club & Lodge course are the risk/reward par 5s at 6 and 15. He loves how you can make eagle or double bogey on those holes which can change an entire tournament. Along with the par 5s, he also loves the final 3 holes which provide all different kinds of excitement and as we have seen over the years, players have won and lost the Arnold Palmer Invitational in equally dramatic fashions over 16, 17, and 18.

Over the years, broadcasting has gone from being a challenge to being a pleasure. When he was on the PGA TOUR, he never thought he would become a broadcaster. When he first started, the technology was very different as there was not as much coverage, there were not as many cameras, and there was not as much communication. The old Bob Hope Classic provides a good example as he remembered the days when he would be out at one of the four courses to follow a leader and he would at times not be able to communicate with his producer and know what was going on.

In 2011, 8 under par won the tournament but Roger thinks that the winning score will be lower this year because the weather is better, there is not as wind, the rough is not as penal, and overall the conditions are better for scoring.

Roger has had the chance to watch some of the best moments of Tiger Woods’ career including the 2000 U.S. Open when he exclaimed after a shot at #6 at Pebble Beach that it was no longer a fair fight. Of course, Tiger went on to win by 15 shots. Right now, he sees a Tiger Woods that is on his way back. He has been playing much better recently however there was a time when if he drove the ball in the fairway, there was no doubt that he was very likely to win. Tiger has moved away from that but his driving is improving and if his wedges can improve as well, Tiger will win again and Roger has no doubt that Tiger will win again.

In the duration of careers, golf becomes a collection of many different kinds of numbers. Both Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have been able to compile extraordinary careers by any definition and while he does not know if Tiger will break Jack’s records, he does know that it will be very exciting and he looks forward to seeing what happens.

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Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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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


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Green jacket tour

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

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Man of the people


Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

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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