Tampa tuneup: Masters invitees prep for Augusta
Only 29 days away from the Masters, George Savaricas looks at the current odds on players to win the Masters. Plus, Steve Burkowski reports on the players who are preparing for Augusta at this week's Valspar Championship.
Larry Packard legacy: Man behind Copperhead Course
Gary Williams and Matt Ginella discuss the legacy of Copperhead architect Larry Packard. Watch Morning Drive everyday 7AM ET.
Back breaker: Tough back nine at Innisbrook
Charlie Rymer, Claude Harmon III, Holly Sonders, and Gary Williams discuss the back nine of the Copperhead course at Innisbrook. Watch Morning Drive everyday 7AM ET.
Breaking down the Snake Pit at Innisbrook
Tripp Isenhour takes a closer look at the three closing holes at the Valspar Championship, commonly referred to as the Snake Pit.
Kings of Distance: Valspar Championship
Graham DeLaet led the field in driving distance at the Valspar Championship, but who hit the longest drive?
Rodney Green's advice for amateurs at Copperhead
Director of Golf at Innisbrook, Rodney Green, speaks with Gary Williams to talk about the late Larry Packard and to give an inside scoop for amateurs at Copperhead. Watch Morning Drive 7AM ET.who was very impactful when it came to all four of the golf courses there. That's Larry Packard. Can you give people who are watching who, who had been there, may be on their way there for the first time, kind of his impact? Lost him in the last several months here. His impact on Innisbrook and the entire resort? Yeah, well, you know, I was very fortunate to have met Larry Packard, the late Larry Packard who passed away just a, just a few weeks ago, actually, at 101 years old. And I had a chance to talk to him in detail about the golf courses , and when he designed these golf courses , he designed these golf courses to what he said is the ultimate test of fair. And when you hear these players talk about these golf courses all weekend long, they talk about how you have to hit all the clubs in your bag. And that's what Larry talked about, he didn't trick these golf courses up, and the copperhead is not a real tricked up golf course. I mean, you get what you get, but that's how he wanted it to be, you hit every golf club in your bag. The ultimate test of fair. That's what all the courses on property play as. Rodney you have the best players on the PGA tour there this week. The other 51 weeks out of the year and the recreational golfer, what advice do you give for when they're headed to that first tee on one of the most demanding golf courses really in America? Oh man, I tell you what, I, I, I, we could do a whole segment on what I would
Simulated action: Playing par-4 18th at Innisbrook
Claude Harmon and Charlie Rymer play the 18th hole at Innisbrook. Watch Morning Drive everyday 7AM ET.take a closer look at the 18th hole at Innisbrook Resort Copperhead golf course . This is one heck of a finishing hole folks, you can't really see it from the helicopter it plays up hill ingoing in there trying to protect. And, and this is not a golf course , Charlie, where guys run a way with this golf tournament . We see this tournament won by maybe one, two shots, so. The 18th hole always playing a pivotal part in this, and if you got a one shot lead and you're going to the 18th, you better, you know, hit a good shot and see what happens. It, it sort of has a feel to me when I was standing on the tee, it certainly doesn't have the narrowness but sort of feels a little like 18 at Augusta and then it kinda goes out and up a little bit. And it looks a little bit like Augusta, looks like a golf course you might see in Georgia or you certainly might see in, in the Carolina's. But, let's go to the tee. You're not
Simulated action: Par-4 18th at Innisbrook
George Savaricas and Chris DiMarco play the 18th hole of Innisbrook in the simulator. Watch Morning Drive everyday 7AM ET.devilish par 4, if you will. This is one of the hardest tee shots I think on the PGA Tour . Now the first problem, obviously. Water on the right. But Chris this fairway is so narrow and it's very easy to run
Copperhead Course is deceivingly difficult
There was less wind, more sun and generally better scoring conditions Friday at the Valspar Championship. That didn’t mean Innisbrook played any easier.
Senden overcomes injuries, returns to No. 60 in OWGR
John Senden scored a victory for the veterans Sunday at Innisbrook when he became the first over-40 winner on the PGA Tour this season.
Watch list: Donald climbs Ryder Cup points list
With his T-4 finish in Tampa, Luke Donald continued to climb the World Points list for the European Ryder Cup team.
Charlie Rymer Examines the Snake Pit at Valspar
Charlie Rymer talks with Holly Sonders about the Snake Pit at Valspar, specifically saying the 16th hole can get a lot of golfers into trouble. Watch Morning Drive 7AM ET.closer. So Robert Garrigus is doing some really cool things on the golf course this week, Holly, and that's why he's at the top of the leader board as well. Out of the trees, off the pine straw, you would like this gentleman's game. You like his swing especially. Listen, I really like his ball strike. I mean, that golf swing to me, it's not really a swing you can learn. I think this is a swing that he was born with and a lot of fun to watch him hit the golf ball. Alright, Charlie, today the tournament will probably be won or lost at the most difficult holes at the Snake Pit . You want to take a closer look at the Snake Pit , the final holes? Let's do it. The 16th hole has been the most difficult hole on the golf course this week. It think it's one of the better holes, more challenging holes on the PGA Tour . You don't feel comfortable on this Tee, why not? Because if fairway comes in on the left the lake is on the
Age is just a number: Young guns at Valspar
There's a youth movement on the PGA Tour taking over the Florida swing. The young winners trend looks like it may continue this week at the Valspar Championship.A new wave has come crashing through on the PGA Tour . Another huge step for Patrick Reed, who gets it done with the WGC Cadillac Championship. I'm working my way up to becomebe when you grow up, almost always, I wanna be on the PGA Tour . Golf Central Brought to you by Titleist. After two straight Sundays, invisible pain from back spasms, Tiger Woods still plans on defendinghis pain with the intention, of playing at Bay Hill. Well the PGA Tour's found the fountain of youth in the Florida swings, starting with 24 year old Russel Hemley, winning a four man playoff at the Honda Classic. In this past weekend 23 year old Patrick Reed played for bogey on the 72nd hole, and the win, at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami. The other tours heading to the west coast of Florida for the Valspar Championship just North of Tampa. And it's the 40th anniversary of the Copperhead course at Innis Brook and 40 suddenly seems old on the PGA tour . Hello and welcome to golf central. I'm George Savaricas with golf channel analyst Tripp Isenhour. Tripp, we're gonna get your top five under 25 in just a bit. A lot of young guys making their mark so far on the PGA Tour this season. A lot of those guys in the field this week at the Valspar Championship. For more on that, let's send it out to Steve Bar, Steve Burkowski who's in Palm Harbor. George, the talented group of 20-somethings out here on the PGA tour are showing everybody just how good they really are, especially in recent weeks. But maybe it shouldn't come as much of a