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.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green

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Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Trump golf properties


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Reportedly fake TIME covers

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Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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Pros comment on the president

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