Webb Simpson - June 28, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamJune 28, 2012, 12:55 pm

2012 U.S. Open Champion Webb Simpson appeared on Thursday’s Morning Drive from the Wyndham Championship Media Day in Greensboro, North Carolina. Simpson earned his first career PGA TOUR win last August in the Wyndham Championship.

He had been close to winning on the PGA TOUR a number of times prior to the Wyndham Championship including the Transitions Championship and the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Simpson said he could not have scripted his first win any better because he was playing in what is essentially his home town and he was able to walk up 18 with a comfortable lead. It was an unbelievable feeling to see so many friends and family around the 18th green to congratulate him.

Appearing on David Letterman or Jay Leno is something that he has always wanted to do but in this circumstance, he had already committed to playing in the Travelers Championship as well as a couple of corporate events so it would have been very difficult to try to honor his prior commitments and make talk show appearances. If he had not committed to the Travelers Championship, Simpson feels that he may have ended up making an appearance on David Letterman but it was not in the cards this time.

He has received well-wishes and advice from several legendary players following his U.S. Open win and Tom Watson told him that after winning a Major, you do not have a two-stroke advantage on the first tee and in fact he would have to work harder to win for the rest of his career. Winning a Major Championship comes with big benefits but the responsibilities are just as big if not bigger so Simpson knows that he will have to work harder than everyone else when he tees it up in a tournament.

There are some major changes coming to the PGA TOUR and because he has served on the Player Advisory Council, he knows the ins and outs of all of these proposals. Simpson feels that if Tim Finchem is supportive of a policy then it is likely in the best interest of the players on the PGA TOUR.

No matter what happens, he will not go to The Open Championship in three weeks. His first son was born a week early and there is a good chance that his second child will be born a week early as well so he does not feel comfortable leaving home and going overseas at this time. He loves the Open Championship and knows that he will have many other chances to play but this may be the last time that he and his wife Dowd will welcome a child into the world.

The PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda would be a lot of fun to play in. He has never been there but everyone he knows who has been there loves it and he certainly hopes to be able to go there later this year and take his family along with him to play in that great event.

Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.