My Game Career and Schedule

By Kelly TilghmanMarch 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.
 
I have heard some snippets of your golfing resume and background, but I thought a lot of your viewers would like a little synopsis of your college/amateur career and your touring years. And I really think you are doing a great job in the (booth) ' keep it up! ' Ross Cullins
 
Kelly Tilghman
Kelly Tilghman played professionally in Australia, Europe and Asia from 1992-96. (WireImage)
Ross,
Thanks for the compliment. I love the game of golf and I've been playing it since I was around 11 or 12. I had a strong junior career, winning a lot of local events around the Carolinas. As a teenager, I competed in the a U.S. Junior Girls' Championship and a Junior World at Torrey Pines at the same time that Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods were playing in the event. I had no idea who Eldrick Woods was at the time, but Phil's reputation was already on the rise. I spent my collegiate career at Duke and captured one individual title during my four years; it came at the Furman Invitational. A few years later, I was trying my hand on the mini tours and overseas, where I competed against Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb on a regular basis. Even though my professional career only lasted a few years, I enjoyed every minute of it. Through it, I was able to see the world and compete against two of the greatest players the women's game has ever known. Now, I draw from a lot of those experiences to help my broadcasting career.
 
Thanks for asking!
Kelly
 
What is your current handicap? And how often do you get to play in a year? ' Brett Cale, Tampa, Fla.
 
Hi Brett,
Currently I don't have an official USGA handicap. I never bothered to reinstate my amateur status once I stopped playing regularly but I would assume it has automatically returned to me by now. If I had to guess, I'd say it's about a 6 or 7. I can still go a little low from time to time, but I get most of my satisfaction these days out of hitting solid golf shots. It's such a great feeling. There was a stretch of about five years when I only played about six times a year. I was milking a well deserved break from years of competition. Lately, I've been teeing it up a lot more. This year, I've already had the pleasure of playing with my on-air partner, Nick Faldo; Rocco Mediate; and I actually played Bel Air Country Club last week for the first time with Hall of Fame member Amy Alcott. We had a blast. This job affords me fantastic opportunities and I try not to let them pass me by.
 
All the best,
Kelly
 
What is your favorite course that you have played and where are you just dying to play that you havent? ' Sarah from Manitoba
 
Hi Sarah,
I think my favorite golf course to play in all of the world is one that I lived on for the majority of my youth. It's called the Surf Club in my hometown of North Myrtle Beach, SC. I love it for so many reasons. It's loaded with southern charm, as it is nestled just a few hundred yards from the Atlantic Ocean. Every night when I was a teenager, I would sneak out to play 'the loop,' which was a three-hole stretch that started and ended right in my backyard. My two brothers liked to join me for a little late-evening competition. Nothing beats those South Carolina summer sunsets. The one course that I still look forward to playing is Augusta National. I've always been a huge fan of the Masters Tournament, but I have yet to tackle this venue that I've reported on for years. I have a few friends who are members so I can't wait to take them up on their invitations!
 
Best wishes,
Kelly
 
I have noticed that you are a LEFTY. Being left-handed did it effect (sic) you adversely in your college golf game or did it positively effect (sic) your game. Lastly, I have a teenage daughter of whom I would (like) to take up the wonderful game of GOLF. Any tips or suggestions to get her involved and LOVING the game like myself? ' Rodney C
 
Rodney,
I've always embraced the fact that I'm a lefty and, for the most part, I'm a true southpaw! I've always been amazed at just how many people notice that, too! I eat, write and throw a ball left-handed, but I do play golf and a few other sports right-handed. I think being a left-handed person who plays golf right-handed has been an asset for me. With my strong hand leading the golf club, I could come through with a little more power at impact. Phil Mickelson is a mirror image of that. He's a righty who plays golf lefty and it hasn't hurt him one bit. As far as your teenaged daughter is concerned, if she loves the game I would recommend letting her pursue it at her own pace. Anytime you force a child into something, they tend to resent it. You should also understand that golf is a game that requires patience and maturity. If your daughter only shows a little interest, then that's probably a good sign because that's usually all today's teenagers can muster! Good luck, Rodney, and thanks for the support!
 
Kelly
 
I noticed that you and Nick didnt do the FBR Open. Where were you guys? Youre not allowed to take a week off (kidding). What is your schedule like? ' Kay from Virginia.
 
Hi Kay,
I liked your comment. You are right. I'm on a torrid run right now, but that won't always be the case. I will be taking a much needed break in March and April, but for now I'm keeping my nose to the grindstone. Part of the reason I'm working so much is because Nick and I are slated to work a lot with CBS this year. They carried the majority of the west coast events and they'll be back in full force this summer. When all is said and done, I will probably have worked around 20 to 25 live tournaments for the GOLF CHANNEL and that's about the norm for most play-by-plays.
 
Thanks for the interest!
Kelly
 
Do you have any words of wisdom on how to eat properly while always on the road living on restaurant and hotel food? ' Charles from Caramel, CA
 
Charles,
I'll be honest with you: I'm actually eating something that's bad for me as I answer this question! You can't be a robot out here, can you?! But in reality, I've really worked hard to watch what I eat over the years because my job and my lifestyle in general require so much energy. My diet is mostly high protein and low carb, but notice that I didn't say 'no carb'. I love to sneak in a cookie or a few chips from time to time. One of the reasons I work so hard is so that I can enjoy some of the treats in life. One of the keys to eating well on the road is avoiding late dinners. For breakfast, you try to throw in a little oatmeal and fruit. Lunch usually consists of a balanced mix of protein and carbs and then I dive into a nice piece of fish or white meat for dinner, all the while, making sure I eat my veggies! Good luck with your diet. I truly believe that a good plan will improve your quality of living.
 
Kelly
 
Unfortunately, I haven't seen any of your coverage this year because I've been deployed for the last 6 months to Iraq. Fortunately, I will be home in about a month and change. Just in-time to be in the delivery room for the birth of my first Son. I was wondering how you would recommend getting back into the game when I get back after a 7-month hiatus. I left a 10 handicap and this is the longest that I've gone without swinging a stick. Should I take a lesson first to check my basics? Hit the course and see how it goes? Or get a few range sessions in and then work my way back onto the course? I've been working out plenty, lots of core workouts (wearing battle gear), lots of arms (carrying weapons), but I haven't hit a ball since I've been here. I wish you and The Golf Channel the best of luck. I will be watching once I get home. ' Captain Matt Gomes; Beaufort, S.C.
 
Captain Gomes,
First of all, welcome home! Secondly, thank you for bravely serving our country. Finally, congratulations on once being a 10 handicap and I'm sure you'll get back to that point in no time. There is no doubt in my mind that you are a person who understands the art of disciplined workouts and I would strongly recommend getting back to the basics with a fundamentals session on the range. I would also say that spending time on the putting green; working on your short game could really help you rediscover your touch. Instead of using drills, play a few games from around the edges of the green to keep it fun. You deserve a good time. Also, try to avoid using the golf course as a means of working on your technique. Let the golf course serve as a well deserved walk in the park for you in place of your dutiful trudge through the desert terrain of Iraq. Enjoy your time at home and on the links!
 
Thanks for the questions,
Kelly
 
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Watch: Tiger's Saturday birdies at Honda

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 24, 2018, 9:20 pm

Tiger Woods was in almost total control of his game for the majority of his third round Saturday at PGA National. And although he was once again bit by the Bear Trap, the 14-time major winner tapped in for birdie at the par-5 18th to post a round of 1-under 69 and fight his way back to even par for the week.

Four back to start the day, Woods parred his first seven holes before pouring in his first birdie via this flagged iron from 139 at the par-4 eighth:

Woods hit three more quality approaches at 9, 10 and 11 but couldn't get a putt to drop.

The lid finally came off the hole at No. 12 when he holed a key 17-footer for par to keep his scorecard clean.

One hole later, Woods added a second circle to that card, converting this 14-footer for a birdie-3 that moved him back into red figures at 1 under par for the week.

Unfortunately, the Bear Trap would ensnare Tiger for the second day in a row. Woods, whose iron play had looked as crisp as it had in years, sailed approaches long and left at both the par-15th and 17th, leading to bogeys which erased the two birdies he worked so hard to secure.

But just like on Friday, Woods rallied back with a late birdie, this one at the home hole, to steal back a shot.

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O. Fisher, Pepperell share lead at Qatar Masters

By Associated PressFebruary 24, 2018, 5:13 pm

DOHA, Qatar - Oliver Fisher birdied his last four holes in the Qatar Masters third round to share the lead at Doha Golf Club on Saturday.

The 29-year-old Englishman shot a 7-under 65 for an overall 16-under 200. Eddie Pepperell (66) picked up shots on the 16th and 18th to catch his compatriot and the pair enjoy a two-shot lead over American Sean Crocker (67) in third.

David Horsey (65) was the biggest mover of the day with the Englishman improving 31 places for a share of fourth place at 12 under with, among others, Frenchman Gregory Havret and Italian Andrea Pavan.

Fisher, winner of the 2011 Czech Open, made some stunning putts on his way in. After an eight-footer on the par-4 15th, he then drove the green on the short par-4 16th for an easy birdie, before making a 12-footer on the 17th and a 15-footer on the 18th.

Like Pepperell, Fisher also had just one bogey to show on his card, also on the 12th hole.


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''I gave myself some chances coming in and thankfully I made them,'' said Fisher, who has dropped to 369th in the world rankings.

''You can quite easily make a few bogeys without doing that much wrong here, so it's important to be patient and keep giving yourself chances.''

Pepperell, ranked 154th in the world after a strong finish to his 2017 season, has been a picture of consistency in the tournament. He was once again rock-solid throughout the day, except one bad hole - the par-4 12th. His approach shot came up short and landed in the rocks, the third ricocheted back off the rocks, and he duffed his fourth shot to stay in the waste area.

But just when a double bogey or worse looked imminent, Pepperell holed his fifth shot for what was a remarkable bogey. And he celebrated that escape with a 40-feet birdie putt on the 13th.

''I maybe lost a little feeling through the turn, but I bounced back nicely and I didn't let it bother me,'' said the 27-year-old Pepperell, who hit his third shot to within four feet on the par-5 18th to join Fisher on top.

The long-hitting Crocker is playing on invites on the European Tour. He made a third eagle in three days - on the par-4 16th for the second successive round.

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Tiger Tracker: Honda Classic

By Tiger TrackerFebruary 24, 2018, 4:45 pm

Tiger Woods is making his third start of the year at the Honda Classic. We're tracking him at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.


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Uihlein fires back at Jack in ongoing distance debate

By Randall MellFebruary 24, 2018, 4:32 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Wally Uihlein challenged Jack Nicklaus’ assault this week on the golf ball.

Uihlein, an industry force as president and CEO of Titleist and FootJoy parent company Acushnet for almost 20 years, retired at year’s start but remains an adviser.

In an interview with ScoreGolf on Friday, Uihlein reacted to Nicklaus’ assertions that the ball is responsible for contributing to a lot of the troubles the game faces today, from slow play and sagging participation to the soaring cost to play.

Uihlein also took the USGA and The R&A to task.

The ball became a topic when Nicklaus met with reporters Tuesday at the Honda Classic and was asked about slow play. Nicklaus said the ball was “the biggest culprit” of that.

“It appears from the press conference that Mr. Nicklaus was blaming slow play on technology and the golf ball in particular,” Uihlein said. “I don’t think anyone in the world believes that the golf ball has contributed to the game’s pace of play issues.”

Nicklaus told reporters that USGA executive director Mike Davis pledged over dinner with him to address the distance the golf ball is flying and the problems Nicklaus believes the distance explosion is creating in the game.

“Mike Davis has not told us that he is close, and he has not asked us for help if and when he gets there,” Uihlein said.

ScoreGolf pointed out that the Vancouver Protocol of 2011 was created after a closed-door meeting among the USGA, The R&A and equipment manufacturers, with the intent to make any proposed changes to equipment rules or testing procedures more transparent and to allow participation in the process.

“There are no golf courses being closed due to the advent of evolving technology,” Uihlein said. “There is no talk from the PGA Tour and its players about technology making their commercial product less attractive. Quite the opposite, the PGA Tour revenues are at record levels. The PGA of America is not asking for a roll back of technology. The game’s everyday player is not advocating a roll back of technology.”

ScoreGolf said Uihlein questioned why the USGA and The R&A choose courses that “supposedly” can no longer challenge the game’s best players as preferred venues for the U.S. Open, The Open and other high-profile events.

“It seems to me at some point in time that the media should be asking about the conflict of interest between the ruling bodies while at the same time conducting major championships on venues that maybe both the athletes and the technology have outgrown,” he said. “Because it is the potential obsolescence of some of these championship venues which is really at the core of this discussion.”