Mark Rolfing - December 11, 2011


Rolfing is a Golf Channel on NBC Analyst and he is in Naples, Florida for the Franklin Templeton Shootout. The final round is a scramble format at the Franklin Templeton Shootout and after a great couple of days, he is expecting more of the same in the final round. It will be a bit windy today but it will not impact the scramble format. Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele are playing great so it may take a 57 or 58 to win in the final round.

Mark Calcavecchia is someone who loves this event no matter who he is playing with and this year, he and Nick Price are playing phenomenal golf and are looking to become the first Champions Tour duo to win Greg Norman’s event.

Rolfing thinks that Tiger Woods will have a great 2012 and when you combine  this possibility with all of the other players who have shown that they can compete at the highest level in 2011, the potential for some great moments is endless next year and he is excited to see what happens.

Luke Donald’s win at Disney when he had to win to clinch the PGA TOUR Money Title was the performance of the year in his opinion because of everything that was at stake and it allowed Donald the chance to make history today in Dubai.

Among the four Majors in terms of Luke Donald, he is most interested in the U.S. Open at Olympic Club because he thinks the course will be very difficult and players will be required to play very well around the greens and Donald has shown himself to be the best in the world in this department.

For 2012 predictions among Franklin Templeton Shootout players, he thinks that Keegan Bradley will have another great year as he follows a 2011 campaign where he won the HP Byron Nelson Championship and the PGA Championship in his first Major Championship. Bradley has handled everything very well and thinks that he will continue to do next year.

In the next edition of Global Golf Adventure – Christmas in Hawaii, he had to chance to not only show Hawaii, but also spend time with Steve Stricker as well as Kelly Slater at the beach. The show airs at 3PM ET on NBC Sports on Christmas Day.

The Hyundai Tournament of Champions has struggled to get the biggest names over recent years and Rolfing feels that a great way to try to fix this problem would be to move the event back one week to get it away from the holidays. The fact is that today players have more playing options than ever around the world and a way to grow and improve the field would be to invite PGA TOUR winners from the past two years instead of just the past year as well as including the European Tour. The Monday finish this year is another way to try to boost the event at Kapalua and thinks that it will have a good impact.