Tim Rosaforte - January 16, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamJanuary 16, 2012, 1:49 pm

Matt Every finished tied for 6th in his first start since returning to  the PGA  TOUR after finishing 18th on the Nationwide Tour Money List. Tim was watching the Golf Channel broadcast on Friday night and he knew that Saturday would be a busy day based on what Every said in his interview with Kelly Tilghman. Having never met Every, he got to work to find out about him from the people he knew including coaches, caddies, and friends. He was unable to find anyone from any point in his life who said that Every was a jerk or otherwise a bad person. For instance, University of Florida coach Buddy Alexander said Every was one of his best and well-behaved players who never gave him or anyone else on the team any problems. While he is not trying to turn Every into a hero, he is trying to make sure that Matt gets a fair shake.

Many people who are close to Every were hoping that he would simply accept responsibility or just give a politically correct answer but they know that he is not that type of person and he certainly was not that type of person during his press interviews on Friday on this subject. A red flag went up when Every said that worse behavior goes on on the PGA TOUR than the behavior that he was punished for. If Tim Rosaforte were the Commissioner, he would probably lay down the law over that remark. In theory, Every’s comments on this subject may go through a review process among PGA TOUR officials who will then lay down some kind of discipline.

Dustin Johnson is making his return to golf one week early at the Humana Challenge and based on the people that he has talked to, a number of people are quite surprised at this decision because they are wondering if he is ready to come back after having surgery on his right knee. Game wise, he seems to be swinging well in South Florida and he obviously has a great deal of talent. He wonders if D.J. will get to  the Humana Challenge and do what Steve Marino did. Marino went to the Sony Open after having surgery and then played poorly and missed the cut.

Johnson Wagner is a confident guy who has now won twice on the PGA TOUR in the last 10 months. His swing coach says that Wagner is working very hard to make sure his swing is in sync especially after working out often in the offseason and losing around 20 pounds. He and his swing coach Bobby Heins have worked to get back to basics over the last couple of years. After  starting 2011 without status, he won the Mayakoba Golf Classic in what would be his only top 10 finish of the year. He said that Wagner is not unlike a Ben Crenshaw who did not finish in the top 10 often but when he did, he tended to win a lot of the time.

Anthony Kim is playing in the Humana Challenge and he says that he is motivated this year to play well again and bring his game back to the level he had it in 2008-2010. Tim is interested to see what Kim does in 2012.

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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

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Man of the people

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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