Tuesday - August 7, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamAugust 7, 2012, 11:00 am

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TODAY'S TOPICS
- FRESH OFF HIS WIN AT FIRESTONE -- KEEGAN BRADLEY PLAYED THE FRONT 9 AT KIAWAH ISLAND'S OCEAN COURSE ON MONDAY. BRADLEY IS TRYING TO BECOME THE FIRST BACK-TO-BACK PGA CHAMPION SINCE TIGER WOODS DID THE DOUBLE IN 2006 AND 2007.
- THE OCEAN COURSE HAS PLENTY OF SAND -- BUT NONE OF THEM WILL BE PLAYED AS BUNKERS. THE PGA OF AMERICA IS TREATING EACH SANDY AREA AS A WASTE HAZARD -- WHICH MEANS PLAYERS CAN NOT ONLY GROUND THEIR CLUBS -- BUT ALSO MAKE FULL PRACTICE SWINGS.
- THE NUMBER ONE RANKED AMATEUR IN WOMEN'S GOLF IS ON TOP OF THE LEADERBOARD IN THE U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEUR. 15-YEAR-OLD KIWI LYDIA KO SHOT A 1ST ROUND 6-UNDER 66 TO OPEN UP A TWO-SHOT LEAD.
- PHIL MICKELSON IS ONE STEP CLOSER TO BECOMING PART-OWNER OF THE SAN DIEGO PADRES. THE TEAM HAS AGREED TO SELL TO PHIL'S GROUP -- LED BY FORMER L-A DODGERS OWNER PETER O'MALLEY FOR AROUND 800-MILLION DOLLARS. MAJOR LEAGUE OWNERS HAVE TO VOTE TO CONFIRM THE DEAL BEFORE IT IS FINAL

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GUEST SCHEDULE
7:05a ET - Tom Brady, NFL Quarterback
7:12a ET - Seema Mody, CNBC BUSINESS REPORT
7:15a ET - Roger Warren, President of Kiawah
7:30a ET - Ben Kohles, Web.com Winner
7:45a ET - Bernhard Langer, Champions TOUR Winner
8:05a ET - J.J. Henry, PGA TOUR Winner
8:15a ET - Keegan Bradley, PGA TOUR Winner
8:30a ET - Marty Jertson, PGA Club Pro
8:40a ET - Rex Hoggard, Senior Writer GolfChannel.com

TODAY'S MUSIC
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Free Bird - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Lynyrd Skynyrd 'Free Bird' by Lynryd Skynryd
Jump - The Best of Both Worlds 'Jump' by Van Halen
Peaceful Easy Feeling - Eagles 'Peaceful Easy Feeling' by The Eagles

UPCOMING GUESTS
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Wednesday, August 8 (AIRTIME: 7a to 11a ET)
Lanny Wadkins, Charlie Rymer, & Gary Williams CO HOSTING
Major Dan Rooney
Webb Simpson PRESS CONFERENCE
Rory McIlroy PRESS CONFERENCE

Thursday, August 9
Lanny Wadkins, Charlie Rymer, & Gary Williams CO HOSTING
John Mahaffey
John Feinstein

Friday, August 10
Lanny Wadkins, Charlie Rymer, & Gary Williams CO HOSTING
John Mahaffey
Kelly Tilghman

Saturday, August 11
Lanny Wadkins, Damon Hack, & Gary Williams CO HOSTING
David Feherty
Frank Nobilo

Sunday, August 12
Lanny Wadkins, Damon Hack, & Gary Williams CO HOSTING
Nick Faldo
Brandel Chamblee

Monday, August 13
Lanny Wadkins, Scott McCarron, & Gary Williams CO HOSTING
Ron Sirak
Tim Rosaforte

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Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

“I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

“I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

“Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

“It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

“I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

“DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.