Thursday - March 31 2011

By Morning Drive TeamMarch 31, 2011, 2:52 pm

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TODAY'S TOPICS
- Major Heat: As if the first major of the year isn't tough enough ... forecasted temperatures are in the high 90's at the Kraft Nabisco Championship
- Shell Stars: Former Major Champions Phil Mickelson, Padraig Harrington and Ernie Els tee it up for the 1st round of the Shell Houston Open with Augusta on the horizon
- Opening Day: It's opening day for Major League Baseball. Six games scheduled today including World Series Champion Giants at the Dodgers
- Steroid Testimony: Testimony heating up in the Barry Bonds perjury case. Jason Giambi, Jeremy Giambi and Randy Velarde among the players who say Bonds' trainer Greg Anderson supplied them Steroids or HGH

CNBC Business Headlines

- Flat Futures
- Wal-Mart Expects Inflation
- Farmers Report at 8:30AM Eastern

GUEST SCHEDULE
7:12 a.m. - Shartia Brantley, CNBC Business Update
7:15 a.m. - Val Skinner, Golf Channel insider LIVE FROM KRAFT NABISCO CHAMPIONSHIP
7:45 a.m. - Annika Sorenstam, Will's Mom, World Golf Hall of Fame Member
8:15 a.m. - John Feinstein, Golf Channel insider
8:30 a.m. - Tim Williams, Weather Channel Update
8:35 a.m. - John Rollins, PGA Tour Pro, VCU Alumni
8:45 a.m. - Mike Ritz, Golf Channel insider LIVE FROM SHELL HOUSTON OPEN

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TODAY'S MUSIC
If interested in the music you heard today on 'Morning Drive', download it on iTunes.

Why I Am - Music Hits Home: An Album to Benefit Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids 'Why I Am' by Dave Mathews Band
I Second That Emotion - Smokey Robinson and The Miracles: The 35th Anniversary Collection (Box Set) 'I Second That' by Smokey Robinson
Hard Sun - Into the Wild (Music for the Motion Picture) 'Hard Sun' by Eddie Vedder

WHO'S ON THIS WEEK
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Curtis Granderson
Amy Alcott
Frank Nobilo

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GOLFNOW DAILY HOOK UP
Previous day's winner:
 
Brian Fiske of Long Beach, CA
Foursome at Maderas Golf Club in San Diego, CA

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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...


2017 Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia


And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.


Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

Win No. 1: Title defense at the CIMB Classic

Article: Thomas (64) rallies to defend CIMB title


Win Nos. 2 and 3: The Hawaiian double

Article: Thomas refuses to let disastrous hole derail TOC win

Article: Worst week ever ends with another title at Sony Open


Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open

Article: Thomas becomes youngest player to shoot 59

Take a look: Thomas’ scorecard from his amazing 59


Record Round No. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open

Article: Thomas sets U.S. Open record with 9-under 63


Temporary Slide: Open MC makes it three in a row

Watch: Thomas loses club, makes 9, misses Open cut


Mr. Major (and win No. 4): PGA champ at Quail Hollow

Article: Thomas joins the club – the major club


Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship

Article: Thomas wins the battle of buddies over Spieth


The $10 Million Man: FedExCup champ


Biggest Win of All? Player of the Year


And One to Grow On: Wins at CJ Cup in 2017-18 season

Article: Thomas caps torrid 12-month run with CJ Cup win


Photo Galleries: Best of ...

Best of: Justin Thomas and Jillian Wisniewski

Best of: Justin Thomas through the years

Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.