He Said/She Said: 54 down, 18 to go

By Bailey MosierJuly 21, 2012, 8:36 pm

With just 18 holes left at the 141st Open Championship, the Golf Guy and Birdie Bailey offer some tidbits.

By GOLF GUY

Biggest surprise through 54 holes: Thorbjorn Olesen, but he was my dark horse to start. So Thor being on the leaderboard isn't surprising. So ... Lee Westwood AND Luke Donald not being in contention.

Who do I want to win: Toss up between Adam Scott and Ernie Els. Since Els already had three to his name, my cheering section will get behind the Aussie.

Who do I think will win and winning score: Graeme McDowell is poised to pounce. Winning score – 10 under.

Favorite Sunday pairing: Mark Calcavecchia and Louis Oosthuizen (for Scrabble purposes only).

Thoughts on Tiger: I have him in my Survivor Pool, so my bank account is hoping for a decent round on Sunday.

Favorite 'thing' about Royal Lytham: Hands down ... pot bunkers.

Weather: Do I want to see bad weather make its first appearance in this championship in the final round? Simply, no.

Kibbles 'n' Bits: What do I want to see come late Sunday afternoon? The return of a streaker of course. Preferably a female streaker.


By BIRDIE BAILEY

Biggest surprise through 54 holes: Rory McIlroy, who made his distaste for Open Championship weather publicly known last year, couldn’t have asked for better conditions this week. Yet after posting 3 under in the first round, McIlroy followed with two lackluster rounds of 75-73. The Northern Irishman got the clear skies and calm winds he wanted at Royal Lytham but has royally under-delivered.

Want to win: Adam Scott – Would love to see Scott finally get a major; he’s too good a player with too stacked a resume not to have one. Oh, and the fervent fodder that would ensue about Steve Williams tying Tiger in major championships won – sure, that wouldn't hurt either.

Who do I think will win and winning score: Scott will get it done tomorrow. He'll shoot 2 under Sunday for a winning total score of 13 under.

Favorite Sunday pairing: The second group off Sunday morning – John Daly and Tom Watson. If Daly plays anything like he did the last time they were paired together (Bay Hill, where Daly had an 18 on the sixth hole and Watson said it was a comedy and a tragedy), we're in for entertainment in the wee hours of the a.m.

Thoughts on Tiger: Eh, a bit bored of the storyline by now. He trails Scott by five headed into the final round and has never come from behind to win a major. That won't change tomorrow.

Favorite 'thing' about Royal Lytham: Adam Scott's argyle sweater that he wore in both the first and third rounds.

Weather: It hasn't shown up all week, but I want it to. Make these guys work for it!

Kibbles 'n' Bits: What do I want to see come late Sunday afternoon? A repeat performance by Jungle Bird. Because what's a major championship trophy ceremony without a few caa-caas?

Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

 

 

Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

"We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."


Full-field scores from the QBE Shootout


Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.

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Wie takes shot at LPGA dress code in crop top

By Grill Room TeamDecember 10, 2017, 5:33 pm

The new LPGA dress code got mixed reviews when it was announced in July, and Michelle Wie is taking full advantage of her offseason with no restrictions.

The 28-year-old former U.S. Women's Open champion is keeping her game sharp while back in her home state of Hawaii, but couldn't help taking a shot at the rules while doing it, posting a photo to Instagram of her playing golf in a crop top with the caption, "Offseason = No dress code fine."

Offseason = No dress code fines #croptopdroptop

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Wie isn't the first to voice her displeasure with the rules. Lexi Thompson posted a similar photo and caption to Instagram shortly after the policy was announced.