Thursday - February 10 2011

By Morning Drive TeamFebruary 10, 2011, 2:46 pm

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TODAY'S TOPICS
- Rory Roars: Rory McIlroy roars out of the gates at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic (-7) 65
- D.J. for 3: Dustin Johnson going for 3 straight wins at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Mickelson, Furyk, Daly also in field
- Cameron Comeback: Duke rallies from 16 down to beat North Carolina on strength of 50 point 2nd half surge
- Streak Now 26: Cleveland extends NBA record losing streak to 26 after losing 103-94 to Detroit

CNBC Business Headlines
- Potential NYSE Merger
- Foreclosure Filings Down 17%
- Cuts in Home Heating Aid?

GUEST SCHEDULE
7:15 a.m. - Nicole Lapin, CNBC Business Update
7:30 a.m. - Peter Oosterhuis, Golf Channel insider
7:45 a.m. - Annika Sorenstam, LPGA Legend, Golf Channel insider
8:15 a.m. - John Feinstein, Golf Channel insider
8:30 a.m. - Maria LaRosa, Weather Channel Update
8:32 a.m. - Lucas Glover, PGA Tour pro, 2009 U.S. Open champion 

TODAY'S TWEETS
Standout tweets today from around the world of golf.

@KellyTilghman - 79-73: in golf, those score don't make a check but in college basketball, they're BEAUTIFUL! Let's go Duke!!!

@Streels54 (Kevin Streelman) - That just happened! Unbelievable. Go DUKE. Ps. We need Kyrie

@krisblanks - I'd love to say that was a good game but I feel like the heels gave it away a bit. Duke hit their shots and we couldn't hit anything.

WATCH & LISTEN TO TODAY'S ACTION
Peter Oosterhuis Analysis > Listen Now
John Feinstein Analysis > Listen Now
Lucas Glover Interview > Listen Now
Annika Thursdays > Listen Now
Best of February 10, 2011 > Listen Now

TODAY'S MUSIC
If interested in the music you heard today on 'Morning Drive', download it on iTunes. 

Make It Mine - We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things 'Make it Mine' by Jason Mraz
Do I Do - Stevie Wonder: The Definitive Collection 'Do I Do' by Stevie Wonder
One Day (Live) - Live At Stubb 'One Day' by Matisyahu 


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Friday, February 11
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Rose (64) peaking just ahead of the U.S. Open

By Nick MentaMay 25, 2018, 8:40 pm

A former U.S. Open champion appears to be finding his form just three weeks ahead of the year's second major.

Justin Rose ascended to the top of the leaderboard Friday at the Fort Worth Invitational, with rounds of 66-64 pushing him to 10 under par for the week.

Through 36 at Colonial, Rose has marked 12 birdies against just two bogeys.

"Yeah, I did a lot of good things today," Rose said. "I think, you know, the end of my round got a little scrappy, but until the last three holes it was pretty flawless. I think I hit every fairway pretty much and obviously every green to that point. ...

"Yeah, the way I played through, I guess through my first 15 holes today, was about as good as I've played in a long time."


Full-field scores from the Fort Worth Invitational

Fort Worth Invitational: Articles, photos and videos


Rose won in back-to-back weeks last fall, stunning Dustin Johnson at the WGC-HSBC Championship and riding that victory right into another at the Turkish Airlines Open.

Now the 2013 U.S. Open winner at Merion feels himself once again rounding into form ahead of this year's Open at Shinnecock. A final-round 66 at The Players gave Rose something to focus on in his recent practice sessions with swing coach Sean Foley, as the two work to shore up the timing of Rose's transition into the downswing.

As for his decision to tee it up at Colonial for the first time since 2010, "It was more the run of form really," Rose explained. "I feel like if I didn't play here it was going to be a little spotty going into the U.S. Open. I felt like I wanted to play enough golf where I would have a good read on my game going into Shinnecock.

"So rather than the venue it was more the timing, but it's obviously it's just such a bonus to be on a great layout like this."

For whatever reason, Rose does tend to play his best golf at iconic venues, having won PGA Tour events at Muirfield Village, Aronimink, Cog Hill, Doral, Merion and Congressional.

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Koepka (63): Two wrist dislocations in two months

By Nick MentaMay 25, 2018, 8:19 pm

Brook Koepka's journey back from a wrist injury that kept him out four months hasn't been totally smooth sailing, even if his play has suggested otherwise.

Koepka on Friday fired a 7-under 63 to move up the leaderboard into a tie for third, three shots behind leader Justin Rose through the end of the morning wave at the Fort Worth Invitational.

After a slow start Thursday saw him play his first 13 holes 3 over, Koepka is 10 under with 11 birdies in his last 23 holes at Colonial.

"It doesn't matter to me. I could care less. I'm still going to try as hard as I can," Koepka said. "I don't care how many over or how many under I am. Still going to fight through it."


Full-field scores from the Fort Worth Invitational

Fort Worth Invitational: Articles, photos and videos


Just like he's been fighting his wrist the last two months or so. Koepka reinjured his wrist the Wednesday of The Players when he was practicing on the range and had to halt mid-swing after a golf cart drove in front of him. He nonetheless managed to finish T-11.

And that's not the only issue he's had with that wrist during his return.

"We had a bone pop out of place. I didn't tell anybody, but, yeah, they popped it back in," Koepka admitted Friday. "Luckily enough we kind of popped it back into place right away so it wasn't stiff and I didn't have too, too many problems.

"Yeah. I mean, I've dislocated my wrist twice in the last two months. You know, different spots, but, I mean, it's fun. I'll be all right."

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Twitter spat turns into fundraising opportunity

By Rex HoggardMay 25, 2018, 6:30 pm

Country music star Jake Owen, along with Brandt Snedeker, has turned a spat on Twitter into a fundraising campaign that will support Snedeker’s foundation.

On Thursday, Owen was criticized during the opening round of the Web.com Tour’s Nashville Golf Open, which benefits the Snedeker Foundation, for his poor play after opening with an 86.

In response, Snedeker and country singer Chris Young pledged $5,000 for every birdie that Owen makes on Friday in a campaign called NGO Birdies for Kids

Although Owen, who is playing the event on a sponsor exemption, doesn’t tee off for Round 2 in Nashville until 2 p.m. (CT), the campaign has already generated interest, with NBC Sports/Golf Channel analyst Peter Jacobsen along with Web.com Tour player Zac Blair both pledging $100 for every birdie Owen makes.

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Noren so impressed by Rory: 'I'm about to quit golf'

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 25, 2018, 5:33 pm

Alex Noren won the BMW PGA Championship last year, one of his nine career European Tour victories.

He opened his title defense at Wentworth Club in 68-69 and is tied for fourth through two rounds. Unfortunately, he's five back of leader Rory McIlroy. And after playing the first two days alongside McIlroy, Noren, currently ranked 19th in the world, doesn't seem to like his chances of back-to-back wins.

McIlroy opened in 67 and then shot a bogey-free 65 in second round, which included pars on the pair of par-5 finishing holes. Noren walked away left in awe.

"That's the best round I've ever seen," Noren said. "I'm about to quit golf, I think."

Check out the full interview below: