A Conversation with Paddy

By Casey BiererJanuary 22, 2009, 5:00 pm

Editors Note: Golf Channel reporter Casey Bierer recently sat down with Padraig Harrington in Dublin, Ireland for this interview. Since the interview, Padraig was named PGA Tour Player of the Year, European Golfer of the Year, and on Wednesday he picked up yet another accolade as he was named the 'Irish Independent's' Player of the Year.
 
Casey: Padraig, you recently made an exciting announcement regarding your relationship with Wilson Golf.
 
Padraig: Weve announced that were re-signing going into the future with Wilson Golf. Its great for me and great for Wilson. It shows their faith in me. Ive won three majors with them and am really looking forward to continuing on and hopefully winning more majors in the next number of years. And its certainly one variable that I didnt want to change. I trust them and what theyve done. Wilson has won 61 majors with their irons and over 80 majors with their wedges. So, they are a quality company that knows how to produce winning clubs and I am very happy to be with Wilson Golf.
 
Casey: Well, congratulations on re-signing with Wilson. Now, lets talk about the wild ride that is Padraig Harringtons career and life. Pretty big stuff going on for you, right?
 
Padraig: It is, I suppose, a dream come true to win three majors so quickly. In the last two, two and a half, three years Ive been thinking, yeah, I can go and win a major. I believed in myself more in those years; believed that I would do it. Winning at Carnoustie was a dream come-true, yes, but I felt that if it wasnt there it was going to happen at another major. But to win that one and then come back this year and win two so quickly, thats very special -- and certainly unforeseen. And I dont know where it leads to if you know what I mean. I know I can get myself in to contention, I know I can get myself in to the right place, I know Im getting better as a player so I do believe over time I will win more majors.

Padraig Harrington
Harrington hoists the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 90th PGA Championship at Oakland Hills. (Getty Images)

Casey: How did you develop as a player to get to the professional ranks?
 
Padraig: Thats an interesting question in itself that if you have to ask, its obvious that maybe at 15 or 16 years of age I wasnt tipped to be the next great star. You know, I started off as a kid. My father was a founding member of a golf club in Dublin. I started playing there when I was four years of age. As in, I just hung out there. It was my playground. I played all sports up until I was about 15 years of age and then I started taking golf as my number one sport. But it wasnt an automatic thing for me to become a professional. Far from it.
 
Casey: But, eventually, you must have known how good you were because you made the decision to turn pro, right?
 
Padraig:When I was 18 years of age I went to college to study accountancy. I had no idea. I had no thought of being a professional golfer at that stage. I wanted to be involved in the golf industry as a, you know, in the manufacturing area or managing a golf course, maybe in player management. But, I decided to turn pro because I was beating the other guys who were turning pro. I didnt think I was good enough but if could beat them and they thought they were good enough, well, Id give it a go.
 

Casey: Who were some of the early positive influences on your golf career?
 
Padraig: I think my family influenced me most as a junior golfer. My father was a low handicap golfer. My two oldest brothers were very low handicap golfers. A have another brother whos like a, well, hes actually a scratch golfer stuck in the body of a 7-handicapper because he can talk a good game. But, there has always been a lot of interest in the game in our family. And my dad, when he retired as a policeman, he spent a lot of time with me working on my game. Not my swing, mind you, but the game itself. Learning how to score as a youngster, that was very valuable.
 
Casey: What players have you watched closely? Maybe theyve influenced you in some way?
 
Padraig: Im very aware of this, actually. And I would have said somebody like Bernhard Langer would be the guy for me because I admired most in him what I wanted. Meaning, he was probably the professionals professional. Hes the guy who seemed to get the most out of his golf. But then other then Bernhard, I have to say Tom Watson. At Birkdale, hes the only guy I stopped to watch. He came out and he was hitting shots in the spot behind me on the range. You couldnt believe how well he hit the golf ball. He just had it on a string. I was trying to hit shots but every couple of minutes Id stand back and just pretend I was cleaning my clubs and Id be watching him hit it. He was so pure. It was unbelievable how well he had that ball under control. I dont think anybody could have hit it as well as he was hitting it that day. It was phenomenal to watch. There are very few people that can stop another professional golfer but he is one that players stop and watch. He certainly has had it over the years and I have admired him and watched him play closely.

Casey: I asked Tom Watson a few years ago if he had a swing key he relied on in pressure situations.
 
Padraig: (smiles) This I am waiting to hear the answer to. What did he tell you?
 
Casey: He said spine angle. He told me that if he maintains a consistent spine angle all throughout his swing, he knows he will hit it solid. So, do you have a swing key you rely on?
 
Padraig: Keys for myself? Believe it or not, no. No. If I want to hit a shot under pressure all I think about is where I want to hit it to. I have no physical key, its just a pure mental thought. Where do I want to hit it to? I think of my target and go with that. I trust that. I think the key for me is I accept the outcome before I hit whether its good or bad.

Casey: Ive been told you are a great observer. What does that mean?
 
Padraig: Ive always had the ability to watch other people and see what makes them tick. I looked at everybodys game and I said, well, if hes beating me, why is he beating me? Well, hes a better iron player than me. But, if I can beat him at his iron play that means Ill be better than him. And I just continually kept copying whats best around me. And I continue to do that as a pro. If I see somebody whos got a better short game than me that makes me want to practice my short game. If I see someone whos a better putter than me I want to go practice my putting to make it better than him.
 
Casey: You obviously work very closely with your caddie. How did your brother-in-law, Ronan, become your caddie?
 
Padraig: I married in first. Ronan married in second. Were both married to sisters. But, we grew up at the same golf club. Hes the younger brother of somebody who was one of my best friends as I grew up. And, after I went to the Tour and things like that, when he started dating the sister of my wife, I got to know him better. And he took up the job temporarily. He was going to do it for a couple of months as I was in between caddies. And it worked out so well that he stuck on the bag and it really has worked out well. He works hard. He does his job on the golf course. But the minute that bag goes in the boot of the car in the evening time, thats it. Thats the end of the caddying relationship. Hes my friend. And its wonderful to have a good friend to go out to dinner with and do stuff with. I dont sit in my room after the golf and do nothing.
 
Casey: No sulking.
 
Padraig: No sulking. Its great to have somebody there with me. My family travel all through the summer, but, its great to have somebody with me when my family isnt there that can make sure I dont get in to that sort of brooding frame of mind which is so easy to do if you are by yourself all the time.
 
Casey: We all remember your 2007 campaign at Carnoustie. Will you describe for us the range of emotions you experienced during the final hole in regulation of that Open Championship?
 
Padraig: Gosh, yeah. Ive hit the ball so well that day. I just walk on to that 18th tee and Im thinking Im going to just rip this driver down thereI was just so confident. I hadnt missed a shot. I had driven the ball as well as I had ever driven it. I get on the tee. Im really happy. I pick out a target and off I go. As Im in mid-swing, theres a little bit right to left wind and I think to myself, dont draw it on the winda little bit distractedand you know, sure enough, I always succeed in what I want to do and I didnt draw it on the wind. I hit a big, big block right. I accepted the fact that I had hit a bad shot and I walked after it. I knew it wasnt the end of the world, that I could still win the Open from there. I went down and dropped it out of the hazard. I probably made my first error in that I seemed to have dropped the ball in to the grain of the grass. I dropped it in the first cut of rough. I probably should have gone back farther and dropped it in the fairway. But, I was still confident. At 229 yards, downwind off the right with out of bounds left, and I cant miss it right. Im trying to hit it to the front left hand corner. I caught the grass coming into it, essentially, it came out heavy and obviously came up short left in the hazard. I was devastated. I thought Id lost the Open. I thought Id thrown it away. I was embarrassed which is even worse. The worst feeling you can ever have is being embarrassed on the golf course. I thought I choked. I felt I really let everybody down. I was spiraling. All those thoughts were going through my head. I was spiraling downhill. But thankfully, my caddie Ronan, he had the wherewithal and the discipline to go through what he would normally go through and he started talking to me. After about 50 yards I started to listen. After about 150 yards he had me convinced. And by the time I got to the ball I was back in the zone.


Casey: What was Ronan telling you?
 
Padraig: He came out with the standard clichs all the way up there but he kept hitting me with those clichs. He kept going and going and going. And afterward I asked him about it. I said, you know, it was unbelievable what you said to me all the way through there. You really stuck to your guns. What were you thinking about? And he says, I was thinking I cant believe wed lost the Open, but he never let on to that and he didnt say it quite politely as that either. But, he never led onto the fact. He stayed as if, well, he stayed as neutral. His perception to me was as neutral as could be. He never looked down about it and without a doubt he brought me back from the abyss. I hit that pitch shot like I was kid showing off when I was 15 years of age. I just wanted to hit it in there and spin it back and do all the things a kid would do. Obviously, I hit that. And then , the five foot putt was a tough putt because the read was very difficult. It was a strange cut in the hole there. And to knock that in was a nice, solid, satisfying thing. I was satisfied with myself and then I looked at the leader board which I hadnt watched all day. And again, I started to regress in to the, Ive just lost the Open Championship. I turn around to walk off the green and Im going downhill. And my son, whos running on to the green, and he has this great big smile, he just looked at me like I was the champion. And from that moment on I believed, I convinced myself, I had just won the Open and I wasnt going to let it go. Even though it wasnt even in my hands at that stage. I walked off the green believing I had just won the Open or was going to win the Open. And, you know, I can get my son to run on to any green again when I three putt but it wont work. It just happened to work that day.
 

Casey: The conversation of Jack versus Tiger comes up a lot. Do you come down on one side versus the otherJack versus Tiger.
 
Padraig: Well, I think Tiger wants to go and beat Jacks record and when he does that then I think its easier to have the conversation. Tiger is potentially the greatest golfer ever in the game of golf. I think Jack, what he did in the game, was unbelievable. Jack is a great champion and the best champion in the game up to now. Tiger may well surpass him and if he does, well, well have to put Tiger at that level. But I think the majors are what we use as a yard stick to judge it and Tiger does look like hell make it and he looks like hell make it comfortably. But, if Tiger does surpass Jacks majors, well, someone will beat Tigers record some day. Its gonna happen. Its the natural order of events in all sports. Sportsmen just keep getting better and better and better.
 
Casey: Do you think that Colin Montgomerie will get, or should get, into the World Golf Hall of Fame?
 
Padraig: I believe he should. Theres no question Colin has, from a European stand point, added greatly to the game of golf. Hes added to the stature of the game in Europe and in Britain and Ireland itself as well. So, yeah, I believe hes deserving of the Hall of Fame. Hes won so many tournaments around the world. Hes performed so well in the Ryder Cup. I think hes very deserving of it. If it was my vote Id give him a yes.
 
Casey: You would be considered a shoe-in for the World Golf Hall of Fame at this point, right?
 
Padraig: Do you think its likely? (laughs) Really?
 
Casey: Do you let yourself think about it?
 
Padraig: Seriously, no. I dont even let myself think about the three majors that much. I consider myself a current player. I look at myself as somebody who is looking to improve his game, somebody whos going to move forward and try and win more tournaments and more major tournaments. I believe the minute you sit back and start thinking about what youve achieved and you start comparing it to others is the minute youre starting to retire.

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Harrington celebrates with his wife, son, and caddie Ronan at Royal Birkdale after his 2nd Open Championship victory. (Getty Images)
Casey: Alright, Padraig, lets play a little game. I say a word and you give me a one word answer back. The first word is golf
 
Padraig: Fun
 
Casey: Winning?
 
Padraig: Fun
 
Casey: Majors?
 
Padraig: Determination
 
Casey: Ryder Cup?
 
Padraig: Team
 
Casey: Tiger?
 
Padraig: Champion
 
Casey: Padraig Harrington?
 
Padraig: Thats one word? (laughs) Im meant to respond to that? Eh, ehdetermined.
 
Casey: Ireland
 
Padraig: Beautiful
 
Casey: Family
 
Padraig: Home
 
Casey: Last question, Padraig. You lost your dad in 2005. What would he think of all your recent success?
 
Padraig: God, yeah, you caught me a bit there. I dont think he needed me to win majors. Geez, you really have caught me here. He didnt need me to do anything in the game of golf. He never put me under any pressure. You really have got me. I wasnt prepared for this (pause). He never put me under any pressure. He was comfortable with who I was. He had his own career in sports so he never lived his life through me. I never felt under any stress to do anything. And I think while he enjoyed me winning ' and he really did enjoy me winning ' he didnt need to be around for the majors. The majors wouldnt have changed anything between him and me.
 
Casey: Padraig, youre a great champion and a gentleman. Were lucky to have you in the game. Thanks for your time.
 
Padraig: You kept your best question for last, Casey
 

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Rosaforte Report: Landry's grit born in a Pea Patch

By Tim RosaforteJanuary 22, 2018, 3:40 pm

In this week's Rosaforte Report: The birthplace of Andrew Landry's grit, Tiger's former coach invites instruction debate, downtime may be good for Brooks Koepka, Stacy Lewis is amped for 2018, and a "very boring" birthday gift for Jack Nicklaus.

The beauty and drama of tournament golf played out in the California desert on Sunday when Andrew Landry, a journeyman who learned the game on a shabby nine-hole course called the Pea Patch in Port Groves, Texas, took the hottest young player in the game, Jon Rahm, to four holes of a sudden death playoff before finally succumbing. It was riveting drama in a yard-for-yard, stride-for-stride and putt-for-putt contrast that ended with the sun setting over the Santa Rosa Mountains.

With it, the 23-year-old Rahm went to No. 2 in the world and the 30-year-old Landry, a grinder finally off the Web.com Tour, moved from 184th to a career high 102nd in the world ranking.

The 5-foot-7 Landry, who had his “Tin Cup” moment in the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont, where he held the first-round lead and hung with the big boys until a T-15 finish, never backed off in the shadow of the 6-foot-2 Rahm, just as he never backed away from bets in the Tuesday and Saturday games at the Pea Patch. That’s where he would write his name on the chalkboard for the “Dog Fights” that were the club’s version of the SWAT competition that is an Oakmont tradition.

“Those money games are what made us,” Andrew’s brother, Adam, told me the day his sibling became the proverbial no-name leader after shooting the lowest opening round (66) in U.S. Open-Oakmont history.

Andrew Landry lost his money game to Rahm, but his second-place finish still paid out $637,200, putting him over the $1 million mark for the season, and sending him off to the Farmers Insurance Open with a message that this isn’t the last time we’ll hear from him.

“We’ll take it and move on to Torrey Pines,” Landry said before exiting Palm Springs. “It’s obviously a great course for me. I’m driving the ball really well and I’m doing everything really good, so we’ll try again next week.”



GREAT(S) DEBATES: Chris Como may not be Tiger Woods’ teacher anymore, but he was recently appointed director of instruction at Dallas National, one of the plush practice environments in golf. He is also architect of an interesting forum on the mental game and the philosophy of instruction Tuesday at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., which features Claude Harmon III, David Leadbetter, Jim McLean, Mike Adams, Fran Pirozzolo, Hal Sutton, Brad Faxon and Brandel Chamblee.

“It’s an event that invited open dialog and debate about all the topics of golf instruction,” Como said in a text message. “The goal is to put a bunch of smart people in the same room together to move our industry forward in a positive direction.”

This should be entertaining dialog, especially coming two days before Tiger makes his comeback at the Farmers.


Stacy Lewis at the 2017 LPGA Cambia Portland Classic


STACY'S SPARK: On the week when she was named winner of the Ben Hogan Award for overcoming scoliosis, Stacy Lewis did what Hogan epitomized – she doggedly continued to work on her game.

Heading into her 10th season on the LPGA tour and facing her 33rd birthday on Feb. 16, Lewis flew from Houston to Florida, on her way to the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, for checkups with instructor Joe Hallett and performance coach Dave Donatucci.

After workouts and an evaluation at his gym, Donatucci noted the veteran’s vertical leap was 2 inches higher than she’s ever jumped before. “Physically, she’s in a great place,” Donatucci said. Mentally, she is in a great place as well, breaking a 39-month winless streak in September with a victory in the Cambia Portland Classic. After playing lessons at Old Palm and The Floridian, Hallet told me, “There’s an energy there that she’s always had.”

Other than Cristie Kerr, who is 40, the top 10 players in the Race to the CME Globe were all in their 20s. Lewis, who was 13th, told the Houston Chronicle she played some of her best golf the last six to seven tournaments of 2017. “Honestly it doesn’t feel like that start to a new year,” she said. “It just feels like a little bit of a break and I’m starting up again.”



KOEPKA'S HEALING TIME: Claude Harmon III had an interesting take on the torn wrist tendon that will sidelineU.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka until the Masters. “To be honest, the time off for the injury part of it doesn’t worry me,” Harmon said, using last year as his point of reference.

Looking back to the start of 2017, Koepka missed cuts at the Farmers Insurance Open, was T-42 as defending champion of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, missed cuts at the Genesis Open and the Honda Classic, finished T-48 in the no-cut WGC Mexico Championship, and didn’t play on the weekend at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Three months later, Koepka overpowered Erin Hills and tied Rory McIlroy’s U.S. Open scoring record of 16 under par. Harmon used McIlroy’s third-place finish at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in his return “as something to look at and emulate.”

The hard part is that Koepka closed out the 2017 season with a second-place finish in the WGC-HSBC Champions in China and a nine-stroke win over Xander Schauffele in the Dunlop Phoenix, rising to a career high seventh in the world. But between cardio at Joey D’s gym and putting practice (once he gets doctor’s clearance), Harmon doesn’t think Koepka will look at the next three months as down time.



BIG-TIME PERFORMER: Thomas Pieters was back in the top-five of a premier tournament again, finishing T-5 in Abu Dhabi after a run of nine events at the end of 2017 that did not match the first eight months of his rookie year.

Coming off a Ryder Cup performance in 2016 that set European records for most points (4) and wins (4) by a rookie, Pieters was T-2 at the Genesis Open, T-5 at the WGC-Mexico Championship, T-4 at the Masters and solo fourth at the Bridgestone Invitational.

In a news conference after his opening-round 67, Pieters admitted it was nice having fun again and attributed the lack of enjoyment to some struggles he was having off the golf course.

“With a lot of players these days, it’s more off the course than on the course; life in general sometimes causes problems,” swing instructor Pete Cowen told me Monday morning from Dubai, without getting into specifics. “Pieters is looking a lot better. I think he’s now in a great frame of mind.”

After winning the NCAA Championship as a sophomore for Illinois in 2012, the now 25-year-old Belgian is 34th in the world, 33 spots behind his goal.

“Tom Pieters doesn’t want to be a superstar, he just wants to be the best player,” Cowen said. “That’s what drives him … what I like about him. He wants to be the best, and will do whatever it takes to be the best.”



GIFT OF LOVE: What do you give a man that has everything for his 78th birthday? For Barbara Nicklaus it was classified in a text message with a smiley face emoji as a “Very boring!!!!!” gift of two pairs of pants and a shirt.

As you can see from the above photo, just being together with his family and bride of 57 years at The Bears Club was enough.

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Golf Channel to Deliver Worldwide Coverage of the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show, "The Major of Golf Business," Tueday-Friday, Jan. 23-26

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJanuary 22, 2018, 2:45 pm

Morning Drive, Golf Central to Give Viewers Insider Access to the PGA Show with Nearly 20 Hours of Live Coverage; Golf Channel’s School of Golf Instruction Program to Originate From On-Site

Golf Channel’s Portfolio of Lifestyle Brands – GolfNow, Golf Channel Academy, Revolution Golf and World Long Drive On-Site at the PGA Show Contributing to the Network’s Comprehensive Coverage

 

ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 18, 2018) – Golf Channel announced plans for its comprehensive coverage of the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show – the largest golf convention and business gathering in the world – with nearly 20 hours of news and instruction coverage Tuesday, Jan. 23 – Friday, Jan. 26. Golf Channel’s coverage will span across the four days, beginning Tuesday with the “PGA Show Demo Day” from the Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge driving range in Winter Garden, Fla., and continuing Wednesday-Friday at the PGA Merchandise Show from the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

With an insider look at the PGA Merchandise Show – a golf industry event that is not open to the public – Golf Channel’s coverage via Morning Drive and Golf Central will be delivered to a worldwide audience in more than 36 countries. Coverage will provide viewers live interviews with industry leaders, professional golfers from the world’s major tours, PGA of America members and a comprehensive overview of the latest products and trends for 2018 from some of the nearly 1,100 golf brands exhibiting on-site.

PGA Merchandise Show Week Programming Schedule: Jan. 23-26 (All Times Eastern)

Tuesday

Morning Drive

7-11 a.m. (Live)

 

Tuesday

Golf Central

5-6 p.m. (Live)

 

Tuesday

School of Golf

8-9 p.m.

 

Wednesday

Morning Drive

7-11:30 a.m. (Live)

 

Wednesday

Golf Central

5-6 p.m. (Live)

 

Thursday

Morning Drive

8:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)

 

Thursday

Golf Central

7-8 p.m. (Live)

 

Friday

Morning Drive

8:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)

 

Friday

Golf Central

7-8 p.m. (Live)

 

 

BROADCAST TEAM

Golf Channel’s expansive coverage of the PGA Merchandise Show will utilize several on-air personalities from the network’s news division, beginning with Charlie Rymer and Lauren Thompson offering coverage of the PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day on Tuesday. In addition to Rymer and Thompson, Wednesday-Friday coverage from the PGA Show Floor will include Matt Adams, Cara Banks, Lisa Cornwell, Matt Ginella, Damon Hack, Bailey Mosier and Gary Williams.

DIGITAL & STREAMING COVERAGE

Golf Channel’s PGA Merchandise Show on-air coverage will be available to stream via Golf Channel Digital Tuesday-Friday. Comprehensive online editorial coverage also will be available throughout the week, with contributions from writers Jay Coffin and Will Gray. Golf Channel’s social media platforms will keep viewers engaged in the conversation about what’s generating buzz at the #PGASHOW throughout the week via the network’s social media channels – @GolfChannel and @GCMorningDrive on Twitter, @GolfChannel and @GCMorningDrive on Instagram and GolfChannel and GCMorningDrive on Facebook. Golf Channel social media host Alexandra O’Laughlin will host Golf Channel’s digital and social media coverage throughout the week.

PGA SHOW DEMO DAY COVERAGE

Golf Channel’s coverage of “Demo Day” will begin Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7 a.m. ET with Morning Drive airing live and on-site to highlight the latest in golf equipment from the expansive driving range at Orange County National. Rymer and Thompson will host Morning Drive on-site, featuring interviews and product demonstrations.

PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW FLOOR COVERAGE

Coverage of the PGA Show will transition indoors to the Orange County Convention Center, Wednesday-Friday, Jan. 24-26 to give viewers an all-access tour of the PGA Show. Morning Drive and Golf Central will provide on-site reports throughout the week, with featured interviews and segments originating from the PGA Show Floor. Coverage from the Convention Center will originate from a large, multi-purpose space elevated above the PGA Show Floor, with three set configurations for interviews, along with a putting green and a golf simulator for product demonstrations. Golf Channel also will feature a “Fly Cam,” a unique camera technology made popular in televising football and other sports. Suspended above the PGA Show Floor, the Fly Cam will span more than 700 feet, giving viewers an aerial viewpoint of the vast floor and the exhibitors. New for 2018 will be a “Jib Cart,” a mobile cart with a camera jib affixed allowing high shots of the booths throughout the Show Floor.

SCHOOL OF GOLF KICKS OFF EIGHTH SEASON WITH ONE-HOUR SPECIAL FROM DEMO DAY

School of Golf, Golf Channel’s signature instruction program that airs on Tuesday nights, will kick off its eighth season with a one-hour special at Demo Day on Tuesday, Jan. 23, airing in primetime from 8-9 p.m. ET. Originating from the Cleveland Golf/Srixon/XXIO booth on the Orange County National driving range and hosted by Martin Hall and Blair O’Neal, the show will include special guests and interactions with a live audience.

GOLF CHANNEL’S PORTFOLIO OF LIFESTYLE BRANDS ON-SITE AT PGA SHOW

In addition to Golf Channel’s on-air and digital coverage, the network’s lifestyle brands – GolfNow, World Long Drive, Golf Channel Academy and Revolution Golf will showcase their services at the PGA Show with special clinics, product demonstrations and on-site activations.

GOLFNOW EXHIBITING AT BOOTH #2173

GolfNow, the industry’s leader in golf-related technology and services, will be exhibiting Wednesday-Friday from Booth #2173. In addition to showcasing advanced technologies that have created the largest tee-time marketplace in golf, GolfNow also will be educating course owners and operators about innovations and services designed to help them run their businesses more efficiently and successfully. GolfNow Business experts will be on hand at GolfNow’s 2,400-square-foot booth, offering its course partners technology demonstrations, as well as consultation on any of the GolfNow Services: Plus, a top-line focused consultative performance system for golf courses, including marketing, sales and automated pricing; Answers, a call center for golf courses, answering customer calls day and night; and Ride, a no-cost purchasing program that saves course operators from 6-35 percent on items they buy day-to-day, such as food, office supplies and agricultural products.

WORLD LONG DRIVE BRACKET CHALLENGE

Thursday at 2 p.m. ET, World Long Drive competitors will be at the PGA Show to compete in a World Long Drive Bracket Challenge. Hosted by Golf Channel’s social media host Alexandra O’Laughlin and airing live via Golf Channel’s Facebook Live, the competition will take place at Golf Channel’s simulator on the Show Floor featuring eight men and four women, including World No. 2 Ryan Reisbeck, No. 3 Maurice Allen, No. 5 Trent Scruggs and 2017 Volvik World Long Drive Women’s Champion Sandra Carlborg.

GOLF CHANNEL ACADEMY INSTRUCTION

Wednesday-Friday, Golf Channel Academy coaches will provide on-site instruction clinics at Golf Channel’s simulator set on the Show Floor. Wednesday’s clinics will feature driving, full swing, wedge play and putting clinics. Thursday’s clinic will include the full swing and Friday’s clinic will feature the short game, all streamed live via Golf Channel Academy’s Facebook page.

REVOLUTION GOLF TO SHOOT DIGITAL INSTRUCTION SEGMENTS ON-SITE AT PGA SHOW

Revolution Golf, the industry’s largest direct-to-consumer digital platform delivering high-quality video-based instruction, travel content and integrated e-commerce will have a significant presence at the PGA Show. Golf Channel’s newest digital acquisition, Revolution Golf will be shooting digital segments at Demo Day and throughout the PGA Show Floor, including segments with its team of instructors.

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CareerBuilder purse payouts: Rahm wins $1.062 million

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 12:50 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry on the fourth hole of sudden death to win the CareerBuilder Challenger. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out in La Quinta, Calif.:

1 Jon Rahm -22 $1,062,000
2 Andrew Landry -22 $637,200
T3 Adam Hadwin -20 $306,800
T3 John Huh -20 $306,800
T3 Martin Piller -20 $306,800
T6 Kevin Chappell -19 $205,025
T6 Scott Piercy -19 $205,025
T8 Brandon Harkins -18 $171,100
T8 Jason Kokrak -18 $171,100
T8 Sam Saunders -18 $171,100
T11 Harris English -17 $135,700
T11 Seamus Power -17 $135,700
T11 Jhonattan Vegas -17 $135,700
T14 Bud Cauley -16 $106,200
T14 Austin Cook -16 $106,200
T14 Grayson Murray -16 $106,200
T17 Andrew Putnam -15 $88,500
T17 Peter Uihlein -15 $88,500
T17 Aaron Wise -15 $88,500
T20 Ricky Barnes -14 $57,754
T20 Stewart Cink -14 $57,754
T20 Brian Harman -14 $57,754
T20 Beau Hossler -14 $57,754
T20 Charles Howell III -14 $57,754
T20 Zach Johnson -14 $57,754
T20 Ryan Palmer -14 $57,754
T20 Brendan Steele -14 $57,754
T20 Nick Taylor -14 $57,754
T29 Lucas Glover -13 $36,706
T29 Russell Knox -13 $36,706
T29 Nate Lashley -13 $36,706
T29 Tom Lovelady -13 $36,706
T29 Kevin Streelman -13 $36,706
T29 Hudson Swafford -13 $36,706
T29 Richy Werenski -13 $36,706
T36 Jason Dufner -12 $27,189
T36 Derek Fathauer -12 $27,189
T36 James Hahn -12 $27,189
T36 Chez Reavie -12 $27,189
T36 Webb Simpson -12 $27,189
T36 Tyrone Van Aswegen -12 $27,189
T42 Bronson Burgoon -11 $18,983
T42 Ben Crane -11 $18,983
T42 Brian Gay -11 $18,983
T42 Chesson Hadley -11 $18,983
T42 Patton Kizzire -11 $18,983
T42 Hunter Mahan -11 $18,983
T42 Kevin Na -11 $18,983
T42 Rob Oppenheim -11 $18,983
T50 Alex Cejka -10 $14,025
T50 Corey Conners -10 $14,025
T50 Michael Kim -10 $14,025
T50 Kevin Kisner -10 $14,025
T50 Sean O'Hair -10 $14,025
T50 Sam Ryder -10 $14,025
T50 Nick Watney -10 $14,025
T57 Robert Garrigus -9 $13,039
T57 Tom Hoge -9 $13,039
T57 David Lingmerth -9 $13,039
T57 Ben Martin -9 $13,039
T57 Trey Mullinax -9 $13,039
T57 Brett Stegmaier -9 $13,039
T63 Scott Brown -8 $12,449
T63 Wesley Bryan -8 $12,449
T63 Brice Garnett -8 $12,449
T63 Sung Kang -8 $12,449
T67 Talor Gooch -7 $12,095
T67 Tom Whitney -7 $12,095
T69 Matt Every -6 $11,623
T69 Billy Hurley III -6 $11,623
T69 Smylie Kaufman -6 $11,623
T69 Keith Mitchell -6 $11,623
T69 Rory Sabbatini -6 $11,623
T69 Chris Stroud -6 $11,623
75 John Peterson -5 $11,210
76 Abraham Ancer -4 $11,092
77 Ben Silverman 4 $10,974
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After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard


On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner