Tim Rosaforte - January 9, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamJanuary 9, 2012, 1:52 pm

Tiger Woods has been living in Jupiter, FL for the past several months and he has been hearing great things about Tiger from the Jupiter-Hobe Sound community. Tiger seems to be very comfortable and relaxed in the Jupiter area and Tiger sightings are becoming more frequent in which he is more relaxed in those settings as he is interacting with people there. He has spoken with Tiger recently via e-mail about life in Jupiter and Tiger has talked about taking his kids shopping in town and taking them to and picking them up from school. Tim has a feeling that we will see more play like what Tiger displayed at Chevron in late 2011 in 2012.

Gary Woodland has a new agent in Mark Steinberg and now he has a new golf coach in Butch Harmon. The change in golf coaches was made after Woodland switched agents because his former agent is the son of his now former golf coach. Woodland joins a stable of players in Butch Harmon’s group that includes Nick Watney, Phil Mickelson, and Dustin Johnson.

Phil Mickelson will make his first Humana Challenge appearance in five years next week and Butch recently spent some time with Phil in Scottsdale, AZ and says that he saw a new Phil Mickelson there. Mickelson is excited about the New Year and he is hitting the ball very well. He is also trying to rely more on feel than mechanics when it comes to his putting after a 2011 in which he struggled on the greens. Mickelson’s return to the Humana Challenge is great news for everyone and is evidence of the influence of Former President Bill Clinton. It will be interesting to see how Phil plays in his 2012 worldwide debut next week.

Steve Marino is trying to get into better shape in 2012 and he is now working with Claude Harmon III as his swing coach. Harmon III is the son of Butch Harmon and the grandson of 1948 Masters Champion Claude Harmon. Marino has been going to Harmon III’s facility to not only get into better shape but also improve his swing. In the past, Marino has not really had a swing coach and he is taking this step to try to earn his first win on the 2012 PGA TOUR. Marino is  thinner after having knee surgery and he is out at the Sony Open with a tighter swing.

Webb Simpson had a great 2011 after preparing a lot in the gym in the time after the 2010 season. Tim said that Simpson may be the Tim Tebow of the PGA TOUR and is a lot tougher than people may initially think. As a result, people should not be surprised if Simpson makes a run at Steve Stricker in the final round at Kapalua.

Martin Laird, who won the 2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational, is tied for 2nd after 54 holes at Kapalua. He is from Scotland and went to Colorado State for college. Laird is a former rugby player and he has taken some of that rugby determination onto the golf course. Tim does not think that Martin Laird will be on the 2012 Ryder Cup team despite all of his talent and that fact proves that the eligible players for the European team are incredibly strong and incredibly talented.

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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

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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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.