Annika Sorenstam - May 31, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamMay 31, 2012, 12:11 pm

When asked about the LPGA Tour’s decision to put players’ Twitter handles on caddie bibs, Annika said that she is very supportive of the idea because the players love Twitter and it is a great way to promote the players as well as the LPGA Tour.

When she played on the LPGA Tour, she had a very single-minded focus on her game and she did not know if she would have been able to handle the numerous marketing responsibilities that players deal with today including hosting Morning Drive, being active on Twitter, conducting more interviews, etc. So much has changed in just the three years since she stepped away from competitive golf and while it is very exciting to watch, she questions whether or not she would have been able to handle those duties.

Annika runs an elite AJGA event and while she has not personally seen any players be penalized for slow play, she has certainly heard how much the AJGA has stressed pace of play. Slow play has become such a negative issue for golf and the AJGA feels that it is very important to teach proper habits as early as possible because they will be the players on the professional tours in the future. If they have the same bad habits as current players when it comes to slow play, the problem will not get any better and the game of golf will continue to get hurt.

Muirfield Village was one of the best venues that the Solheim Cup has ever had. She was a member of the European Solheim Cup team that year and her sister was with the team as well which made the experience extra special. Everything about the facility from the course and the clubhouse to the club staff was absolutely perfect. All of the players stayed on the grounds of Muirfield Village which made the week just that much more special.

Jack Nicklaus and 2012 Memorial Tournament honoree Tom Watson were very competitive when they played but it is a very special thing to see these two legends and former fierce competitors have great respect for each other to the point of becoming very emotional. In her opinion, it does not take a great deal of time to have respect for your fellow competitor because the very nature of the game of golf encourages sportsmanship and respect for your fellow player.

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 21, 2018, 7:02 pm

Tiger Woods is looking to close his season with a win at the Tour Championship. We're tracking him this week at East Lake Golf Club.

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Tiger gets rapper Big Boi's support during opening 65

By Grill Room TeamSeptember 21, 2018, 6:00 pm

Tiger Woods fans everywhere were buzzing during his opening 65 at the Tour Championship, and that includes Atlanta hip-hop legend Big Boi, who was supporting the 14-time major champ from the East Lake gallery.

Perhaps best known as one half of the rap duo "Outkast" along with André 3000, Big Boi played the part of Woods superfan on Thursday, following Tiger around the course and posting videos on Twitter, before eventually stopping for a chat and a few pictures after the round.

Big Boi, who kicked off the Tour Championship with a performance at the event’s opening ceremonies, is hardly the first hip-hop superstar to buddy up to Woods - who could forget these incredible pictures with Snoop Dogg?

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After Tour Finals, Peterson retires ... again

By Ryan LavnerSeptember 21, 2018, 5:50 pm

OK, now it’s official: John Peterson is done with professional golf.  

With one last chance to secure his PGA Tour card for next season, Peterson missed the cut in the season-ending Tour Championship. After failing to keep conditional status on Tour – in the most excruciating of circumstances – Peterson is now out of options to play the big tour in 2019, so he’s stepping away from professional golf, at age 29.

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It’s been one of the most unusual storylines of the year. The former NCAA individual champion from LSU announced at the beginning of the year that he was done if he didn’t keep his card on his major medical extension. He’d grown tired of the nomadic existence on Tour, and as a new father and husband, he’d already lined up his next career, in real estate and business development in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.

In July, Peterson said that the Tour Finals would be his final opportunity. If he earned a full PGA Tour card through the four-event series, then he’d continue to play in 2018-19 because he’d be able to pick and choose his schedule. But he never threatened full status, missing three cuts and tying for 56th in the other start.

And so on Friday afternoon, Peterson tapped out this tweet, saying goodbye to the Tour:

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Army vets get sneak peek at Callaway's new wedges

By Rex HoggardSeptember 21, 2018, 5:23 pm

ATLANTA – Callaway Golf unveiled a new set of wedges to consumers on Friday, but U.S. Army veterans Kyle Butcher and Billy Paul were treated to an early peak on Wednesday at the Tour Championship.

Butcher and Paul were chosen to participate in a club fitting at East Lake that included three of Callaway’s new Mack Daddy 4 Tactical Wedges. The new wedges feature the company’s tactical package with a PVD finish, tour issued shafts and Groove-in-Groove technology. It was the company’s 13th “warrior fitting” this year.

Billy Paul (L) and Kyle Butcher checking out Callaway’s new Mack Daddy 4 Tactical Wedges.

Billy Paul (L) and Kyle Butcher (M) checking out Callaway's new Mack Daddy 4 wedges

The limited edition wedges became available at retail on Friday ($179.99) and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Birdies for the Brave. The company also made a $50,000 donation to Birdies for the Brave’s Special Operations Warriors Foundation.

Part of the company’s push to honor American military members also includes 15 percent discounts on purchases by all veterans.