In his first visit to Morning Drive on Monday, Rosaforte started by talking about how Kyle Stanley celebrated his win in Scottsdale on Sunday. After Golf Central, he called Stanley’s caddie Brett Waldman who said that he, Kyle, and a couple of friends were in the clubhouse watching the Super Bowl and eating In ‘N Out burger for dinner.
While Stanley’s wedge and putter arguably cost him the Farmers Insurance Open, those two clubs won him the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Kyle was also celebrating receiving a text message from the head Men’s Basketball Coach at Gonzaga who was very encouraging.
John Huh is a 21-year-old who could not play golf in college because he did not have the credits and grew up playing municipal courses but now he is someone who is making a name for himself as a rookie on the PGA TOUR thanks to some great finishes. Huh now has representation after going through every stage of Q-School and now he has a bit of money and possibly exempt status for 2013 after going for a long time with very little. John Huh is one of the great stories of the early part of 2012 in golf.
In his second visit to Morning Drive on Monday, Rosaforte began by saying that Kyle Stanley has a better perspective about golf and his career thanks to what he went through at Torrey Pines. He thinks that Kyle is surrounded by good people and on top of that, Kyle has a good head on his shoulders. There have been a number of players who have blown big leads on the PGA TOUR and a number of them have won big tournaments in their lives.
Tiger Woods is making his 2012 PGA TOUR debut this week at Pebble Beach after a tie for 3rd in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago and Tim looked back at his own book – Raising the Bar – to look at the 2000 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am when Tiger was 8 shots back with 7 holes to play. CBS aired the Monday finish at a time when golf was at its peak of popularity and it will be interesting to see if Tiger can bring some of that buzz this week.
Slow play was an issue once again in the Waste Management Phoenix Open in part because of the backup on the drivable 17th hole and in part because of players like Ben Crane and Kyle Stanley who are not exactly known as fast players.
When Tim was asked about his favorite Super Bowl commercial, he said that he did not see any of them because he was working on Golf Central on Sunday night. However, he was very happy to see his Giants win again and out of the four that they have won, this one may well be his favorite one.