Tim Rosaforte - January 23, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamJanuary 23, 2012, 1:52 pm

Mark Wilson earned his 5th PGA TOUR win in the Humana Challenge and at a First Tee clinic in Chicago, Jack Nicklaus called Wilson a closer and he certainly proved the Golden Bear right on Sunday. Wilson is a faith and family man and is also someone who does not tend to look at scoreboards when he is playing in tournaments even if he is contention. He is comfortable with who he is, accepts the strengths and weaknesses of his game, and as a result he is someone who is able to get the most out of his golf game.

Talking with Wilson’s caddie Chris Jones, Chris told Tim that at a player-caddie tournament at a miniature golf course in Indio, CA, the only players who showed up were Wilson and Johnson Wagner and that is a perfect illustration of what kind of people both of them are and how recent success has not and seemingly will not change who these two players are.

One of Tim’s good friends, Davis Sezna, caddied for former President Clinton on Saturday when he played with Greg Norman in the Humana Challenge. Clinton and Sezna became friends following the attacks of September 11th. Sezna related to Tim the pressure of being out there by talking about how he was not only close to Clinton but also close to Greg Norman inside the ropes. Many people, including Sezna, consider Clinton to be the Arnold Palmer of former Presidents.

Eddie Carbone, the head of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, was diagnosed with lung cancer last year and after undergoing treatment he is back at Doral holding meetings and getting ready for the WGC-Cadillac Championship which will be played in March and will air on Golf Channel and NBC Sports.

Rosaforte recently interviewed J.B. Holmes who a few months ago underwent brain surgery. He is scheduled to make his 2012 debut this week in the Farmers Insurance Open and Tim was struck by how Holmes seemed to be a changed man since the procedure. The surgery was described as minor but there is no such thing as minor brain surgery. At one point during the interview he was on the verge of tears and Holmes says he is a changed man since he underwent surgery.

No one can predict who will be the breakout stars of an upcoming PGA TOUR season and having said that, no one could have predicted that names like Johnson Wagner, Robert Garrigus, and John Mallinger would be among the early breakout names. One thing that many of those players have in common is the fact that they spent the offseason working with trainers to lose weight and gain strength. Mallinger even worked with Lance Armstrong’s personal trainer during the offseason.

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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.

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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