Tim Rosaforte - March 26, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamMarch 26, 2012, 12:52 pm

Arnold Palmer was hospitalized on Sunday afternoon due to high blood pressure but he is scheduled to return home today. The best sign about his condition was the fact that he was irritated about having to spend the night in the hospital. Tim had rarely seen Mr. Palmer look as good as he looked last week at Bay Hill. He was very busy and he was very happy and exuberant everywhere he went.

Tim thought that Tiger was a bit low key following his win during the news conference but he does not expect Tiger to reveal too much of himself in front of the press. Tiger’s real feelings about the victory were on display on the 18th green when he smiled and fist pumped following the final putt.

It took a great deal of mental strength to get through all of the personal and professional problems over the last couple of years and although we know how strong he is mentally, we really know now. The only thing that could stop Tiger from beating Jack Nicklaus’ records is his health and it will be interesting to see what happens with his left knee as the years go on.

Some people get caught up in the moment when it comes to a win like this and he is no different. He said that Tiger could win 20-25 Majors in his career and he got criticized for it just as Johnny Miller has received criticism for saying that Tiger could win another 30-40 PGA TOUR events before his career is over. This is a very exciting moment for Tiger Woods and for golf but we don’t know what will happen next.

In his second visit to Monday’s Morning Drive, Tim began by noting that Ernie Els has been working with a sports vision coach who worked with Ernie about 10 years ago. She was with Ernie last weekend at Bay Hill following his unfortunate finish at Innisbrook the week before. For Ernie, it is not only about getting into The Masters. It is also about winning The Masters. He seems to be happier on the course right now but he needs to continue to improve with his putting if he is going to have any hope of winning.

Luke Donald has been working very hard to get to World #1 and to get back to World #1 and he has recently acknowledged that he found it a bit irritating to be overshadowed by Rory McIlroy when he moved to the World #1 position. What further irritated him a bit was the fact that he was forgotten a week after reclaiming #1 because of Tiger’s win. However, Donald is a great guy with a great guy and he will be able to turn a minor irritation into a major motivation for The Masters.

Arnold Palmer’s daughter Amy was at the hospital with her father earlier this morning and Mr. Palmer is still planning to check out of the hospital and return home today. Throughout his career, Mr. Palmer has had many different faces in golf and yesterday Tim was reminded of how talented Mr. Palmer is with a microphone. He was very funny and very insightful when he was in the booth with Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller on Sunday and it was just great to see Mr. Palmer so excited last week and it is a great relief that he is doing well after a bit of a scare on Sunday.

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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.

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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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Growing family

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Departure from TaylorMade

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Squashed beef with Paddy

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Victory at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm