George O'Grady - July 18, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamJuly 18, 2012, 11:33 am

George O’Grady is the Chief Executive of the European Tour. In his opinion, he feels that the European Tour may be a little more prepared for Open Championship weather because they play links courses more often but because so many players compete around the world, no one will have a huge advantage this week based on the weather.

A few Champions have been honored with plaques at Royal Lytham & St. Annes and when asked if Seve would be added to that group, he said that he was not entirely sure if he would be but he would expect that to happen eventually. Seve not only has an incredible history at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, he also is beloved by the people in Lancashire, England.

Royal Portrush did a great job in hosting The Irish Open a couple of weeks ago and the R&A is well aware of the strengths and weaknesses of Portrush as an Open Championship host. While O’Grady acknowledged that there would be challenges in terms of infrastructure and weather, the atmosphere and the ambiance of The Irish Open this year was truly something to behold and he thinks that Royal Portrush as well as the host city did a wonderful job.

He could not explain why there are 157 players in the field for The Open Championship but added that the R&A has a large number of qualification categories which allow for the potential of having more qualifiers than usual. The European Tour has policies in place which set the field at a certain number no matter what in part because there are fewer ways to qualify for events.

When asked about the new 8-man event in Turkey later this year and the addition of the Turkish Open in 2013, O’Grady acknowledged that this will be something that the European Tour will go along with as part of an effort to grow the game of golf in that part of the world. However, he is not entirely comfortable with the fact that an exhibition will be held against events on the European Tour and the PGA TOUR. He hopes that the scheduling will change after this year so that it will have its own week but he added that he is looking forward to the addition of the Turkish Open to the European Tour schedule in 2013.

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Romo turns in even in PGA Tour debut

By Will GrayMarch 22, 2018, 3:00 pm

After stumbling out of the gates, Tony Romo has found his footing in his PGA Tour debut.

Playing in the Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship on a sponsor exemption, Romo shot an even-par 36 for his opening nine holes in the Dominican Republic. The former NFL quarterback bogeyed his first two holes, but steadied the ship with three birdies from Nos. 4-8 while playing alongside Dru Love and Denny McCarthy.

The early highlight of the round came at the par-4 fifth hole, where Romo drained a putt from across the green for his second straight birdie:

Romo has played as an amateur partner in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and has played individually in U.S. Open local qualifiers and mini-tour events as an amateur. But this marks his first attempt to gauge his game against the best players in the world who are not in Austin for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Romo, who plays to a plus-0.3 handicap, said earlier in the week that he expected some jitters once it came time to put a tee in the ground.

"You'll be nervous on Thursday on the first tee. Just going to be," Romo said. "I've got to get through the first three or four holes. If I can handle the nerves on the first three or four holes, I think that I'll settle in and hopefully just play the way I've been playing."

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Kim's missing clubs show up at sporting goods store

By Will GrayMarch 22, 2018, 1:58 pm

More than a month after they were lost on an American Airlines flight, the clubs I.K. Kim used to win last year's Ricoh Women's British Open turned up on the sale rack of a California sporting goods store.

Kim's clubs became lost in late January when she flew from Miami to San Diego, with the airline suggesting she simply rent a new set. A few weeks later, Kim shot a "What's in the bag" television segment which according to a Golfweek report caught the eye of three good samaritans in the San Diego area.

The three men recognized Kim's clubs for sale at a local Play It Again Sports, with the major winner's tools listed at $60 each. The store even had Kim's tour bag, complete with her LPGA player badge. Kim filmed the reunion with her bag - containing wedges and a few hybrids, minus the head covers - at the Carlsbad police station:

Kim was back in southern California this week for the Kia Classic, where she'll begin play Thursday morning at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad.

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New dad Garcia removes shoes, wins match

By Rex HoggardMarch 22, 2018, 12:48 am

AUSTIN, Texas – In one of the day’s most explosive matches, Sergio Garcia rolled in an 8-footer for birdie at the 18th hole to defeat Shubhankar Sharma, 1 up, at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

The duo halved just nine holes on Day 1 at Austin Country Club, with Garcia going from 2 up through four holes to 1 down with five holes to play.

But the Spaniard rallied with five birdies over his final eight holes and pushed his record to 20-17-1 in the Match Play. He also gave himself his best chance to advance out of pool play since the format began in 2015.

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The victory continued what has already been a memorable week for Garcia, whose wife, Angela, gave birth to the couple’s first child last Wednesday.

“I already feel like I’m a winner after what happened on Wednesday,” Garcia said. “Obviously, it's something that we're so, so happy and proud of and enjoying it as much as possible.”

The highlight of Garcia’s round on Wednesday came at the 12th hole when he took a drop on a cart path. After considering his options, he removed his shoes and hit his approach from 212 yards to 29 feet for a two-putt birdie to halve the hole.

“I have spikes. So if I don't take my shoes off, I'm going to slip. It's not the kind of shot that you want to slip,” Garcia said. “I had tried it a couple of times on practice swings and I was already slipping a little bit. So I thought I would just take my shoes off, try to get a little bit in front of the hole and it came out great.”