Jason Sobel - October 28, 2011


Having written about it on GolfChannel.com, Sobel said that he feels that Yani Tseng has had the best 2011. Tseng has won 10 times worldwide this year including 2 Majors and Tiger Woods in his best seasons of 1999 and 2000 won 10 times each year. And Yani has two more events in which to earn an 11th win in 2011. You can interpret the question of who has had the best year in many different ways and as a result you will get many different answers.

He was very surprised by Jack Nicklaus’ recent quotes about being shut down by the government of China because he thought that courses were being built all over the place. China is currently the place for growth in the world and the golf world is no different. The potential of Asia’s contribution to the game of golf is endless and we are already seeing the contribution in the women’s game. He also thinks that men’s world ranking will look similar to the women’s world ranking in just a few years.

Roland Thatcher has been a bubble boy a number of times and this year he just missed the top 125 at Disney by one shot. It is unbelievable how many times he has been the guy on the edge.

In his second visit to Friday’s Morning Drive, he talked about an article he wrote on GolfChannel.com about Presidents Cup scenarios if Stricker cannot play due to injury. While Stricker’s team expects Stricker to be ready, Keegan Bradley’s team says that Keegan will not be in Australia. So it begs the question, who will be the replacement? Fred Couples and Jay Haas will be there and they have the uniforms and have shown that they can both compete in the Match Play arena.

Luke Donald and Webb Simpson are among several pros who work with a conditioning group called “Back 9 Tour Services” and both have seen significant improvement in their distance as well as overall golf games in the past year. Simpson has gained 11 yards and Donald has gained 7 yards in the past year.

The Shanghai Masters is an exhibition and not a big event but it is good to see McIlroy playing well and it was great to see him shoot 64 when he was paired with Lee Westwood following Lee’s tweet that McIlroy’s decision to leave ISM was “bizarre.” He would value the PGA Grand Slam of Golf over the Shanghai Masters because at least the PGA Grand Slam of Golf has a bit more significance than an IMG-created exhibition although the money is incredible.