Wednesday - February 23 2011

By Morning Drive TeamFebruary 23, 2011, 3:34 pm

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TODAY'S TOPICS
- Match Madness: It's expected to be a chilly start for the WGC-Accenture Match Play. Defending Champ Ian Poulter has first tee time against Stewart Cink, 7:25 Mountain time

- Clark Out: Tim Clark withdraws from Match Play with elbow injury. JB Holmes replaces him in Snead bracket to face Camilo Villegas

- Mayakoba Pro-Am: Lorena Ochoa tees it up in Cancun today for the Mayakoba Golf Classic Pro-Am. Baddeley, Daly and Vegas also in the field

- Lexi Wins: Lexi Thompson is celebrating her latest win....over men! The 16-year old won a 2-hole playoff at her home course to become 1st female winner on the Minor League Golf Tour

CNBC Business Headlines
- 401k Amounts
- Airfares Rising
- New sponsor at Senior PGA Championship

GUEST SCHEDULE
7:12 a.m. - Nicole Lapin, CNBC Business Update
7:15 a.m. - Steve Sands, Golf Channel insider IN STUDIO
7:30 a.m. - Alex Miceli, Golf Channel Fantasy insider
7:45 a.m. - Chip Brewer, CEO Adams Golf
8:10 a.m. - Darren Rovell, CNBC Business Analyst
8:15 a.m. - Bill Calfee, Nationwide Tour CEO
8:30 a.m. - Kris Blanks, PGA Tour Pro IN STUDIO

SPECIAL LIVE SHOW 10:00-11:00 a.m.

10:05 a.m. - Rich Lerner LIVE FROM WGC/MATCH PLAY
10:20 a.m. - Mark Rolfing LIVE FROM WGC/MATCH PLAY
10:30 a.m. - Terry Gannon LIVE FROM WGC/MATCH PLAY

TODAY'S TWEETS
Standout tweets today from around the world of golf.

@IanJamesPoulter - It's time to go to bed. Who is going to win tomorrow 1.2 million twitter followers @stewartcink or 1.1 million Poulter. Bring it on

@McIlroyRory - Golf channel predicting a loss for me in the 1st round tomorrow. Better go out and prove them wrong!!

WATCH & LISTEN TO TODAY'S ACTION
Steve Sands Analysis > Listen Now
Fantasy Picks with Alex Miceli > Listen Now
Chip Brewer Interview > Listen Now
Bill Calfee Interview > Listen Now
Kris Blanks Interview > Listen Now
Best of February 23, 2011 > Listen Now

TODAY'S MUSIC

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

Cage the Elephant - Cage the Elephant 'Shake me Down' by Cage the Elephant
Lose Yourself - 8 Mile (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) 'Lose Yourself' by Eminem
Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen: Greatest Hits 'Thunder Road' by Bruce Springsteen

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

Thursday, February 24
Annika Sorenstam IN STUDIO
Bernhard Langer

*Additional LIVE Show 1p to 1:30p EST*
Dottie Pepper
Roger Maltbie

Friday, February 25
Kelly Tilghman

*Additional LIVE Show 1p to 1:30p EST*
Nick Faldo

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Snedeker starts slow in effort to snag Masters invite

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 4:22 pm

Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.

Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.

Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.

World No. 55 Dylan Frittelli also struggled, shooting a 4-over 76 in the opening round, while No. 56 Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 14th at 4 under. Yusaku Miyazato, currently 58th in the world, is tied for ninth and five shots behind Rose.

Should Snedeker and the other hopefuls fail to crack the top 50 by the end of the year, two paths to the Masters remain: win a full-point event on the PGA Tour in early 2018 or be inside the top 50 in the world rankings when the final cutoff is made on March 25.

Nathaniel Crosby at the 1983 Bing Crosby Pro-Am at Pebble Beach. Getty Images

Crosby selected as 2019 U.S. Walker Cup captain

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 3:19 pm

The USGA announced that former U.S. Amateur champ Nathaniel Crosby will serve as the American captain for the 2019 Walker Cup, which will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.

Crosby, 56, is the son of entertainment icon and golf enthusiast Bing Crosby. He won the 1981 U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club as a teenager and earned low amateur honors at the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He also played in the 1983 Walker Cup, coincidentally held at Royal Liverpool, before embarking on a brief career in professional golf, with his amateur status reinstated in 1994.

"I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be chosen captain of the next USA Walker Cup team," Crosby said in a statement. "Many of my closest friends are former captains who will hopefully take the time to share their approaches in an effort to help me with my new responsibilities."

Crosby takes over the captaincy from John "Spider" Miller, who led the U.S. squad both in 2015 and earlier this year, when the Americans cruised to a 19-7 victory at Los Angeles Country Club.

Crosby is a Florida resident and member at Seminole Golf Club, which will host the 2021 matches. While it remains to be seen if he'll be asked back as captain in 2021, each of the last six American captains have led a team on both home and foreign soil.

Started in 1922, the Walker Cup is a 10-man, amateur match play competition pitting the U.S. against Great Britain and Ireland. The U.S. team holds a 37-9 all-time lead in the biennial matches but has not won in Europe since 2007.

Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.


Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters


Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.

LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:

"The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."

It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.

"He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."