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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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

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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

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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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