Justin Thomas - July 5, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamJuly 5, 2012, 11:53 am

2012 Haskins Award Winner Justin Thomas is a rising sophomore and a member of the Men’s Golf Team at the University of Alabama. Thomas received a sponsor’s exemption into The Greenbrier Classic as part of winning golf’s version of the Heisman Trophy.

He is having a great week in West Virginia and one of the things that you hope for as a college golfer is to be able to have the chance to play events on the PGA TOUR so he is very appreciative that The Greenbrier Classic has given him an exemption into the field.

The biggest adjustment that he has had to make in college is improving his time management. When you combine the time required for classes as well as tournament preparation and competition, it does not leave time for much else and it also requires him to manage his time effectively if he wants to be able to be successful in both places. In college, you cannot play golf if you are not successful in the classroom so he is very aware of the importance of keeping good grades so he can have a chance to keep a good golf game.

When asked about the pressure of playing on the PGA TOUR, he said that he was already a little bit nervous but he knows that he will be very nervous when he is on the first tee Thursday afternoon. However, he loves the feeling of being nervous and he said that he should feel nervous in those situations. If he was not nervous, he would wonder if he should even be playing at all.

It is hard to say what he will ultimately end up doing when it comes to either staying in college for four years or turning pro early but he feels that this week will be a good indicator of where he is in terms of being ready. While he is certainly very excited about the idea of turning pro one day, he still has a lot to accomplish as an amateur. His goals as an amateur include winning the U.S. Amateur and representing the United States on a Walker Cup team.

When he played in the Wyndham Championship a couple of years ago, he had the chance to meet a lot of PGA TOUR players so this week he is a lot more familiar and a lot more comfortable with the surroundings of a PGA TOUR event. He is not as nervous as he was in Greensboro a few years ago and it feels great to be able to play practice rounds with people like Kenny Perry and feel more relaxed.

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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.”