Thursday - June 28, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamJune 28, 2012, 8:37 am

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TODAY'S TOPICS
- Runaway
That is exactly what 34-year-old Matt Dobyns did in winning the 2012 PGA Professional National Championship by a record setting 8 strokes. The PGA Head professional at Fresh Meadow Country Club in New York broke Sam Snead’s 40-year-old record for largest margin of victory and Dobyns earns a spot in the Season's Final Major and six PGA TOUR Exemptions over the next year.
- Major Invites
19 additional players punched their ticket to Kiawah Island in August for the PGA Championship including University of Illinois coach Mike Small, 58-year-old Darrell Kestner who will be playing in a Major Championship in a fifth straight decade, and Michael Frye who survived an 8-man playoff for the final spot.
- Oh Captain, My Captain
U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain Davis Love III made two of his assistant captains official on Wednesday in announcing that Fred Couples and Mike Hulbert will help lead the American Squad at Medinah in September. Love III is expected to announce two additional captains over the next few weeks.
- Showing Off
World #5 Suzann Pettersen will be among the 27 athletes taking it off for the fourth annual 'Body Issue' in ESPN the Magazine. The Norwegian will be the highest ranked player male or female to be featured in the issue.
 
CNBC Business Headlines
- U.S. Supreme Court Will Decide Fate of ObamaCare
- Barclays Interest Rate Probe Escalates
 
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7:12a ET:    Bertha Coombs, CNBC Business Report
7:25a ET:    Alex Wallace, Weather Channel Report
7:30a ET:    David L. Brown, Web.com Chairman, President, & CEO
7:45a ET:    Annika Sorenstam, World Golf Hall of Fame Member
8:15a ET:    John Feinstein, Golf Channel Contributor
8:30a ET:    Julian Tutt, European Tour Analyst
8:40a ET:    Webb Simpson, 2012 U.S. Open Champion
 
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TODAY'S MUSIC
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Magnificent - No Line On the Horizon “Magnificent” by U2
The Word - Rubber Soul “The Word” by The Beatles
Golden Years - Station to Station (Deluxe Edition) “Golden Years” by David Bowie
 
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Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.