The Good the Bad -- and Faldo

By Kelly TilghmanFebruary 2, 2007, 5:00 pm
Editor's Note: Each month, Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman will be answering reader and viewer questions. Kelly is the first female in golf television history to be a lead play-by-play commentator.
Has it been difficult adapting to a 4-hour or so telecast after doing mostly half-hour-to-hour shows? And what is a normal work day like for you? -- Robert from Georgia
Dear Robert,
Thankfully, it hasnt been much of a problem adapting to a 4-hour broadcast. I had plenty of practice for those with our 'Live From' shows in 2006. We actually did 6 hours a day for last years Masters and well likely do it again. That was tough. I will say that the main thing you need to do to maintain your energy is eat! We have plenty of protein snacks and fruit in the booth to get us through the broadcast. You can imagine how hungry (Nick) Faldo must get being nearly 64'! He eats like a horse!
Best wishes,
Is Faldo the same guy off camera that he is on camera? ' Ryan from Canada
Dear Ryan,
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Kelly and Nick make a great on-air tandem. (WireImage)
Faldo is not the same guy off camera that he is on camera. Hes even funnier! Multiply his enthusiasm times 5! Nick is a rare kind of person. Hes constantly thinking, creating, moving and making everyone laugh. He is a bright and witty guy who has a deep passion for what he does. He puts just as much energy, if not more, into his television career as he did into his golf game over the years. I think the most important thing for viewers to understand about Nick is that hes not faking it for the camera. Thats the real Faldo.
Best wishes,
How has your reception been from players and others in the business with you being the first female golf anchor on a tournament broadcast? ' Angela from California
Dear Angela,
My reception out here has been overwhelmingly positive. Several players and fellow members of the media have congratulated me on my new position and it has been heartfelt. Im sure there are plenty of people who are taken aback by this move, but hopefully over time, they will come to accept it. I know that this is a new concept for many but its not the first time theres ever been a first in the business! As long as I bring credibility to the broadcast booth, that will ease the transition. Judy Rankin and Dottie Pepper are two of the most revered talents in the business because they are knowledgeable and hard working. It just takes time.
Thanks for the support.
What is the hardest part of your job and what do you need to work on to be as good an anchor as you want to be? ' Terry from Indiana
Hi Terry,
Kelly Tilghman
A lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes to make everything look good. (WireImage)
The hardest part of my new job is the adjustment to life on the road. I traveled a lot when I was a touring professional but I was much younger then with less of a sense for home base. Its not easy jumping from city to city, hotel to hotel, and airplane to airplane, but it does make me appreciate the long anticipated return to my own bed and my family and friends. As far as being the best anchor I can be, I feel that time and repetition will help me hone my skills. The more shows you do, the stronger your sense of timing and your feel for the moment becomes. Remember, Im just 3 weeks into my new career, whereas Jim Nantz, Mike Tirico and Dan Hicks are decades along. Im looking forward to the journey.
Do you get to play the courses at the tour stops each week? ' Mike from Indiana
Hi Mike,
I have the opportunity to play the tournament course only once in a blue moon. Usually, I cant fly in until the day before the broadcast because of other obligations and I leave immediately following the broadcast to prepare for the next event. Occasionally, I will tee it up somewhere and when I do, its great. Nick and I played the Plantation Course (host to the Mercedes-Benz Championship) on New Years Eve. Its totally different getting to play a course under tournament conditions. Its a real test of your game. The greens are usually lightning fast and the rough is always thick. It makes you appreciate the scores these pros are shooting week in and week out.
How do you stay in shape on the road? Do you have a fitness routine that you stick to with all of the work? ' Kevin from Canada
Dear Kevin,
Its a real challenge staying in shape on the road but I use workouts for more than just staying fit. They are mental releases for me. We have gym benefits just about everywhere we go or I will use the hotel facility if it has all of the equipment I like to use. To make it easy, I simply make it a part of my daily routine, much like you would at home. I always work out in the mornings. It helps my metabolism jumpstart and it gets my blood pumping to the brain!
All the best,
I think you are doing a tremendous job, but Im sure you ' like every other broadcaster ' get your fair share of criticism. Do you pay attention to the critics; whether they say good things or bad things, and how do you deal with it? ' James from New York
Dear James,
One thing I learned pretty quickly in this business is that critics are about as common as the number of breaths you take in a day. My thought process is quite simple in that department: I wake up every day trying to be a little better than I was the day before, knowing that I cant possibly please everyone on this journey. My priority has always been to be true to myself and the viewer. The rest will work itself out. I have a close circle of friends and I value their opinions very highly. Letting too many comments rule your world only creates confusion. Like the great Arnold Palmers father once said, Son, you go ahead and listen to all of those people who think they have the answer to your swing problems. Ill have a tractor waiting for you when youre finished so you can make a living.
Thanks for your questions and support,
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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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Rahm (62) fires career low round

By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.

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Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.


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The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.