Notes The Open by any other name Tigers odds

By Associated PressJuly 14, 2009, 4:00 pm
135th Open Championship TURNBERRY, Scotland ' In these parts of the world, the oldest major is known simply as The Open Championship. Its not unusual for Americans to refer to it as the British Open, although one will rarely hear that from British and European players, or any players from South Africa, Australia and other parts of the world.
 
Thats why it was alarming to hear Ian Poulter refer to it as the British Open last week.
 
Not just once, either. He said it five times.
 
Poulter is from England, although he also is a PGA Tour member, and has played mostly on the PGA Tour, and last year skipped the final Ryder Cup qualifying event in Germany so he could concentrate on the FedEx Cup playoffs in America.
 
One reporter brought his Open faux paus to his attention Tuesday.
 
I did say it the other day, Poulter said. I got caught up on it, I suppose. So sorry. The Open Championship.
 
Asked if it mattered what it was called, Poulter didnt get caught up in this dialogue.
 
Im sorry if I offend anybody with saying it or having said it. I wont say it again, he said. I do apologize.
 

 
TURNBERRY TESTED: If the weather turns particularly nasty this week, Paul Casey will be among those equipped with experience. He played the British Amateur at Turnberry in 1996 under tough conditions.
 
They were shocking, Casey said.
 
He recalls being 1- or 2-under par in appalling conditions, but when he reached his final hole, he needed a par to qualify for the match-play portion of the championship.
 
I buried it in the bunker on the corner and made 8, he said.
 
His greater memory comes from his playing partner that day, Gary Shemano, who Casey said is now a stockbroker in San Francisco.
 
He stole the flag on the 14th hole, because he was having such an appalling time, and we were the last group out, Casey said. He took it as a memento, and its hanging in his office in San Francisco. Ive seen it framed there; its very nice. I cant blame him. It was just very, very tough. Im not too scarred for life. I do like the golf course. Its just a shame we couldnt play it in good conditions.
 

 
BRITISH ODDS: Heres a news flash: Odds are Tiger Woods will win the British Open.
 
The William Hill betting house is offering 13-5 odds on a Woods victory, with second favorite Sergio Garcia way behind at 30-1. Woods is such an overwhelming favorite that oddsmakers are trying to find other ways to bring in money on the tournament.
 
That includes offering 9-4 odds on two-time defending champion Padraig Harrington making the cut. Those who see a three-peat in Harringtons immediate future can get 40-1 on him winning.
 
Among the proposition bets are 6-4 odds on Woods hitting the fairway with his first shot and 4-11 odds that Woods will win more majors than Roger Federer.
 
Englishman Lee Westwood, who has never won a major, attracted a lot of attention in the William Hill books in early betting at 33-1 odds, while bettors can get 28-1 action on any English player winning the Open.
 

 
SAY CHEESE: Tiger Woods patience might be tested the first two days of the British Open, and it might not have anything to do with pot bunkers, gorse bushes or those crazy bounces in links golf.
 
Its the shutterbug.
 
Woods will be playing with 17-year-old Ryo Ishikawa, who already has won three times on the Japan Golf Tour and is a a sensation among the Japanese media. When he made his PGA Tour debut at Riviera this year, organizers had to double the size of media dining as credential requests increased fourfold.
 
A Japanese reporter asked Woods how he thought it would go.
 
Very quiet, Woods said with a smile. I dont think you guys will be out there, will you?
 
Woods is ultra sensitive with photographers. So is his caddie, Steve Williams, famous for putting one corporate photographers digital camera into a pond at the Skins Game when he clicked in Woods back swing.
 
It will be interesting, Woods said. There will be a lot of people inside the ropes. It is what it is. Ive been there before.
 
He started to mention that Ishikawa had not, then remembered how much media he has coped with in Japan over the last few years.
 
Hes been there, but he hasnt done a major championship yet, Woods said. But he certainly has had to deal with a lot at a very young age, and hes handled it well.
 
The third member of the party is Lee Westwood, who already faces the pressure of playing before a home British crowd.
 

 
HISTORY MINOR: Mark Calcavecchia is not big on history.
 
His wife, Brenda, is caddying for him this week at Turnberry, and as they approached the 12th green, she inquired about the monument atop a knoll that honors fallen airmen during the World Wars.
 
Halfway through the explanation, Calcavecchia listened in, then turned and gazed toward the granite monument.
 
I never realized that was there, he said.
 
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    Snedeker starts slow in effort to snag Masters invite

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 4:22 pm

    Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.

    Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.

    Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.

    World No. 55 Dylan Frittelli also struggled, shooting a 4-over 76 in the opening round, while No. 56 Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 14th at 4 under. Yusaku Miyazato, currently 58th in the world, is tied for ninth and five shots behind Rose.

    Should Snedeker and the other hopefuls fail to crack the top 50 by the end of the year, two paths to the Masters remain: win a full-point event on the PGA Tour in early 2018 or be inside the top 50 in the world rankings when the final cutoff is made on March 25.

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    Crosby selected as 2019 U.S. Walker Cup captain

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 3:19 pm

    The USGA announced that former U.S. Amateur champ Nathaniel Crosby will serve as the American captain for the 2019 Walker Cup, which will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.

    Crosby, 56, is the son of entertainment icon and golf enthusiast Bing Crosby. He won the 1981 U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club as a teenager and earned low amateur honors at the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He also played in the 1983 Walker Cup, coincidentally held at Royal Liverpool, before embarking on a brief career in professional golf, with his amateur status reinstated in 1994.

    "I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be chosen captain of the next USA Walker Cup team," Crosby said in a statement. "Many of my closest friends are former captains who will hopefully take the time to share their approaches in an effort to help me with my new responsibilities."

    Crosby takes over the captaincy from John "Spider" Miller, who led the U.S. squad both in 2015 and earlier this year, when the Americans cruised to a 19-7 victory at Los Angeles Country Club.

    Crosby is a Florida resident and member at Seminole Golf Club, which will host the 2021 matches. While it remains to be seen if he'll be asked back as captain in 2021, each of the last six American captains have led a team on both home and foreign soil.

    Started in 1922, the Walker Cup is a 10-man, amateur match play competition pitting the U.S. against Great Britain and Ireland. The U.S. team holds a 37-9 all-time lead in the biennial matches but has not won in Europe since 2007.

    Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

    By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.


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    Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

    Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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    LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

    The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.

    LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:

    "The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."

    It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.

    "He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."