Wednesday - March 23 2011

By Morning Drive TeamMarch 23, 2011, 2:05 pm

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TODAY TOPICS
- Arnie's Place: Six-tme champion Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, & defending champion Ernie Els headline the field at Bay Hill for the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
- Condoleeza Rice's New Role: Condoleeza Rice golf profile keeps growing as she joins forces with Champions Tour
- Bonds/Anderson: The Arnold Palmer Invitational marks the finale of the Florida Swing. Tiger, Phil and defending champion Ernie Els in the field
- Kobe 3 OT: Kobe Bryant scores 43 points as Lakers beat Suns in triple overtime

CNBC Business Headlines
- Futures Low this morning amid high oil prices
- U.S. Auto industry feels crunch with Japan disaster
- Blackberry enters tablet market
- More executive board changes for USGA 

GUEST SCHEDULE
7:10 a.m. - Courtney Reagan, CNBC Business Update
7:12 a.m. - Rickie Fowler, 2010 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year IN STUDIO
7:45 a.m. - Bubba Watson, 2-time PGA Tour winner IN STUDIO
8:00 a.m. - Gary Woodland, 2011 Transitions champion IN STUDIO
8:15 a.m. - Sam Saunders, PGA Tour pro & grandson of Arnold Palmer IN STUDIO
8:30 a.m. - Warrick Dunn, Heisman Trophy winner IN STUDIO

WATCH & LISTEN TO TODAY'S ACTION
Rickie Fowler Interview > Listen Now
Shotgun Start: Masters Dark Horse > Listen Now
Bubba Watson Interview > Listen Now
Gary Woodland Interview > Listen Now
Sam Saunders Interview > Listen Now
Warrick Dunn Interview > Listen Now
Best of March 23, 2011 > Listen Now

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

Don 'Dont Stop Believing' by Journey
Stayin 'Stayin Alive' by Bee Gees
Stuck In The Middle - 100 'Stuck in the Middle' by Stealers Wheel

WHO'S ON THIS WEEK
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Thursday, March 24
John Feinstein 

Friday, March 25
Brandel Chamblee IN STUDIO

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GOLFNOW DAILY HOOK UP
Previous day's winner:

Robert Reynosa of Las Vegas, NV
Foursome at Wildhorse Golf Club in Henderson, NV 

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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.