Annika Sorenstam - September 22, 2011

By Morning Drive TeamSeptember 22, 2011, 12:00 pm

Annika Sorenstam is an Assistant Captain for the European Solheim Cup team in Ireland.Since the year she played in her first Solheim Cup in 1994 at The Greenbrier, which was one of the most nerve-wracking weeks of her life, her perspective has changed a bit but the week is still incredibly exciting. It is crucial that Europe wins this week because it has been 8 years since the last win and although the matches have been close, it has not been good for the health of the Solheim Cup and for anything like this to succeed, there has to be a rivalry and success on both sides. There are so many theories on how to pair players in alternate shot and better ball and she and Captain Nicholas have received opinions on this from all sides but at the end of the day it is a golf tournament and you want to have your best players on the field but at the same time you do not want to ice a player by making them sit for an entire day.

On a different issue,she was very impressed by Lexi Thompson’s performance and added that the age limit is not based on performance but on maturity and although some may disagree with her, she does not think there should be any rush to become a full-time member. She has not spoken to Michael Whan on this issue at all. If he asked her opinion on the petition from Lexi Thompson, she would say no because of the personal maturity question and the fact that there have been so many cases of young phenoms turning pro and then burning out and failing. She does not want Lexi to possibly fail and she would be very important to the future growth of the LPGA Tour. She does not plan to give a pep talk to the European team today because she thinks the team is already as prepped as they can be and are ready to play on Friday although she said she may give a talk later in the week and is available to help Alison Nicholas in whatever way she can.

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Koepka primed for CJ Cup win and world No. 1

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 6:00 am

Brooks Koepka wants a 2-for-1 at the CJ Cup. If he can collect his second non-major PGA Tour victory he can become world No. 1 for the first time in his career.

He’s in great position to accomplish his goal.

Koepka eagled the par-5 18th en route to a 7-under 65 in the second round at Nine Bridges in Juju Island, South Korea. At 8 under par, he is one back of 36-hole leader Scott Piercy (65).

Koepka, currently ranked third in the world, began the day three shots off the lead, but rapidly ascended the leaderboard. He birdied four of his first eight holes before finding trouble at the ninth. Koepka hooked his tee shot out of bounds, but the ninth is a par 5 and he was able to salvage bogey.


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That was his only dropped shot of the day.

The reigning Tour Player of the Year birdied the 12th and 14th holes in his bid to keep pace with Piercy. Koepka was two back as he played his final hole, where he knocked his second shot to 10 feet. He deftly converted the eagle effort to tie Piercy and earn a spot in Saturday’s final twosome. Piercy later pulled a shot ahead with a birdie at the ninth, his final hole of the day.

Koepka has officially won four PGA Tour events, but three of those are majors (2017, ’18 U.S. Open; 2018 PGA). His lone non-major win was the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

He can still reach world No. 1 with a solo second place, assuming Justin Thomas, currently world No. 4, doesn’t win this week.

That will take a mighty weekend effort by the defending champ.

Thomas also eagled the 18th hole to go from 1 over to 1 under. He shot 2-under 70 in the second round and is seven shots off the lead.

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'Go in'? Yes, JT wants an ace at the par-4 14th

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 5:11 am

Justin Thomas didn’t hesitate after hitting his tee shot on the 353-yard, par-4 14th in Round 2 of the CJ Cup.

“Go in,” he immediately said.

“Please go in,” he added.



Thomas’ tee shot was on a great line, but it landed just short of the green. Surprisingly, it took three more shots for his ball to "go in." After birdies on Nos. 12 and 13, Thomas parred the 14th.

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Watch: Dufner makes six (!) fist pumps after birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 4:53 am

Jason Dufner makes Ben Stein seem like Jonathan Winters. Dufner often looks mighty miserable for someone who plays golf for a living.

But not on Friday at the CJ Cup!

Dufner made a 20-footer for birdie at the 16th hole and “celebrated” with one-two-three-(pause)-four-five-six fist pumps. There could have been more, but the camera cut away.



That was Dufner’s third birdie on the back nine, which offset a triple bogey at the par-3 seventh, en route to an even-par 72. Good times.

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Watch: Paul C-ace-y makes hole-in-one at CJ Cup

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 2:35 am

Par-par-par-par-par-par. It was a boring second round over the first six holes for Paul Casey at the CJ Cup.

And then he aced the par-3 seventh.



Casey's tee shot from 176 tracked straight towards the hole and rolled in near the final revolution. That got him to 2 under par for the tournament. He was five off the lead, held by Chez Reavie, but bogeyed the ninth and 10th holes to give back those two strokes.

Hey, it's a no-cut event and a guaranteed paycheck. Drinks on Casey!