Wednesday - February 8, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamFebruary 8, 2012, 9:29 am

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TODAY'S TOPICS
- Putter Plan
Tiger Woods has a plan to eliminate anchored putters -- a rule making the putter equal to or shorter than the next shortest club in the bag.
- Stars in Dubai
Big-time groupings at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Rory McIlroy plays with defending champion Alvaro Quiros and Robert Rock. John Daly will tee it up with Fred Couples and Colin Montgomerie.
- Final Chance
This week is the last chance for players to qualify for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. The top 64 in the official world golf ranking on Monday will be invited. We will reveal the final bracket seeds LIVE on Morning Drive the Monday after -- February 20th.
- 6 More Years
The Valero Energy Corporation signed a 6-year contract extension to remain title sponsor of the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.
 
CNBC Business Headlines
- Valero Extends Sponsorship Through 2018
- Job Openings Reach 3-Year High
- iPad Orders at Buffalo Wild Wings
- McDonald’s Bringing Back the Shamrock Shake
 
GUEST SCHEDULE
7:12a ET:    Jackie DeAngelis, CNBC Business Report
7:15a ET:    Mike DeVault, EA Sports Producer
7:35a ET:    Rory McIlroy News Conference
8:15a ET:    Win McMurry, Fantasy Insider
8:45a ET:    Martin Kaymer, 4th in Official World Golf Ranking
 
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Gary and Erik Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13 Duel > Watch Now
*WEB EXCLUSIVE* Tiger's Putting Plan > Watch Now
 
TODAY'S MUSIC
If interested in the music you heard today on 'Morning Drive', download it on iTunes.
California Saga - California - Carl & the Passions - So Tough / Holland “California Saga - California” by The Beach Boys
Mr. Blue Sky - Out of the Blue (30th Anniversary Edition) “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra
Dani California - Stadium Arcadium “Dani California” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
 
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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking 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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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.