Tuesday - January 17, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamJanuary 17, 2012, 12:27 pm

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TODAY'S TOPICS
- Tony & Tiger
Tony Romo will be Tiger Woods' celebrity partner in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am next month. It will be Tiger's 2012 PGA TOUR debut.
- Phil Countdown
Phil Mickelson will play with David Toms to start his PGA TOUR season in just two days -- at the Humana Challenge. He's playing this event for the first time since 2007. He won this tournament in 2002 and 2004.
- Watching Rory
You will see Rory McIlroy make his 2012 debut in the same tournament as Tiger Woods - next week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. He will then play the Omega Dubai Desert Classic before starting his PGA TOUR season.
- Hall of Fame Vote
You have a vote at the World Golf Hall of Fame! It's starting a facebook campaign to name its newest exhibit -- featuring recent milestones like Jonathan Byrd's hole-in-one winner and Patrick Cantlay's 60.
 
CNBC Business Headlines
- World Golf Hall of Fame Facebook Campaign
- Burger King Testing Delivery
- Zappos Hacked
- New Report: Facebook IPO Set for May
- AVIS Named PGA TOUR’s Official Rental Car Company
 
GUEST SCHEDULE
7:12a ET:      Jackie DeAngelis, CNBC Business Report
7:30a ET:      Jay Townsend, European Tour Analyst
8:20a ET:      Matt Kuchar, 11th in Official World Golf Ranking
8:45a ET:      Johnson Wagner, 2012 Sony Open in Hawaii Champion
 
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TODAY'S MUSIC
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'Good Morning Good Morning” by The Beatles
“Good Vibrations” by The Beach Boys
“Good” by Better Than Ezra
 
UPCOMING GUESTS
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Wednesday, January 18
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Arnold Palmer
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John Hawkins
Alex Miceli

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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.