Tuesday - January 25 2011

By Morning Drive TeamJanuary 25, 2011, 4:48 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. – Week 4 of 'Morning Drive' continues today at 7 a.m.! We hope you enjoy the show. Make sure to reach out to us during the show through Facebook, Twitter or email.

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Today's Topics
- Start at Torrey: Tiger, Phil and Fowler among the stars making PGA Tour debuts this week at Farmers Insurance Open
- Big Names in Bahrain: Sergio Garcia starts his 2011 season at the Volvo Golf Champions in Bahrain, Poulter, Casey and Paddy in the field
- State of the Union: President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union address tonight at 9PM Eastern
- Stocks Soar: Dow Jones Industrial reaches highest level since June 2008 after a 108 point gain Monday

Business Headlines
- Stocks Soar
- Disney Job Cuts
- Smart Phone Payments

Guest Schedule
7:15 a.m. - John Paul Newport, Golf Business Writer for Wall Street Journal (IN STUDIO)
7:30 a.m. - Brian Katrek, PGA Tour Network on Sirius XM Radio (IN STUDIO)
7:45 a.m. - Todd Anderson, PGA Teaching Professional (IN STUDIO)
8:15 a.m. - Kevin Streelman, PGA Tour veteran
8:30 a.m. - Martin Hall, Host of School of Golf
8:45 a.m. - Jay Townsend, Golf Channel Insider

Who's Tweeting
Standout tweets today from around the world of golf.

@bubbawatson - Had a great day with the Navy Seals!!! Thanks for your service & protection

@DDockett (Darnell Dockett) - 'If I'm on chicago team jay cutler has to wait till me and the team shower get dressed and leave before he comes in the locker room!'

@ThePCreamer (Paula Creamer) - I will be at the PGA show all Friday!!! Hope you can come!!

WATCH & LISTEN TO TODAY'S ACTION
John Paul Newport Interview > Listen Now
Brian Katrek > Listen Now
Todd Anderson Interview > Listen Now
Best of January 25, 2011 > Listen Now


TODAY'S MUSIC
If interested in the music you heard today on 'Morning Drive', download it on iTunes.

Somewhere Only We Know - Hopes and Fears 'Somewhere Only We Know' by Keane
Ants Marching - Under the Table and Dreaming 'Ants Marching' by Dave Mathews Band
Animal - Rearviewmirror - Greatest Hits 1991-2003 'Animal' by Pearl Jam
Learning to Fly - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Greatest Hits 'Learning To Fly' by Tom Petty

WHO'S ON THIS WEEK
Tune-in or stream the show live on GolfChannel.com from 7-9 a.m. ET.

Wednesday, January 26
Lorena Ochoa
Ryan Moore IN STUDIO

Thursday, January 27
Matt Kuchar IN STUDIO
Annika Sorenstam IN STUDIO

Friday, January 28
Kristi McPherson

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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.


Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


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


Article: Garcia defeats Rose to win Masters playoff

Article: Finally at peace: Garcia makes major breakthrough

Article: Garcia redeems career, creates new narrative


Video: See the putt that made Sergio a major champ


Green jacket tour

Article: Take a look at Sergio's crazy, hectic media tour

Article: Garcia with fiancée, green jacket at Wimbledon

Article: Watch: Garcia kicks off El Clasico in green jacket


Man of the people


Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

Article: Fan finally caddies for Sergio after asking 206 times

Article: Sergio donates money for Texas flood relief


Article: Connelly, Garcia paired years after photo together


Ace at 17th at Sawgrass


Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

Article: Garcia, wife expecting first child in March 2018


Departure from TaylorMade


Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade


Squashed beef with Paddy

Article: Harrington: Garcia was a 'sore loser'

Article: Sergio, Padraig had 'great talk,' are 'fine'


Victory at Valderrama


Article: Garcia gets first win since Masters at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm
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Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

Well, this is a one new one.

According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.