What I Miss and What I Love to Do

By Kelly TilghmanMarch 30, 2007, 4:00 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.
What do you miss most about competing as a professional? ' Erin, Alberta
Dear Erin,
I think the thing I miss most about being a professional golfer is the competition. Ever since I was 5 years old, Ive played some kind of sport. Being athletic is a big part of my personality. Even though I dont play on the tour anymore, I still have fun in casual games with my friends. I also try to treat my television career as if it were a sport. I liken each show to a new game and I always want to play better each time. Granted it doesnt make you physically fitter but it gives you a mental workout.
Thanks for the question.
I have a 9 year old son who has developed a talent for playing golf but I feel at this point that I should no longer give him advice as it pertains to his golf skills. I feel it may be best to have him rely solely on his teacher for lessons. What are your thoughts? ' Paul, Lexington, S.C.
My best advice would be to listen to the child. If he wants help from you then you should give it to him but try not to confuse your information with anything his teacher is telling him. I would recommend talking with his instructor and finding out what he or she would like you to convey to your son. This guarantees that you two are always on the same page. Theres only one thing worse than too much information and thats conflicting information! Good luck!
I saw on the Golf Channel that you wake board. Cool. What would be your wake boarding handicap, and do you surf or do any other watersports? ' Tim, California
Dear Tim,
I love wakeboarding! Its such a rush to be outside on the water, getting as much air as I can. Granted Im no Dallas Friday but Im not a total slouch! Its hard to put a handicap on it but I would say that Im an intermediate boarder. I have about 6 or 7 tricks in my arsenal and Im hoping to add a few more before all is said and done. The only problem is the wear and tear on your body. When you wipe out, the water feels like concrete. It takes a while to recover from the big spills. Ive already had a concussion and I dont want another one. As for other water sports, I love water skiing, knee boarding and surfing. Every year I cover the Sony Open, I surf each morning before the broadcast. Occasionally, Ill go with my dad and brother, too! My dads an inspiration, still surfing at the age of 63!
Hang ten!
What is your favorite club in the bag and do you buy the new clubs that are out there? ' Bill, Grande Prairie, Canada
Dear Bill,
My favorite club in the bag is my driver, by far. I get a big rush trying to pound drives and hit them straight. I know its a terrible habit but Ive always enjoyed the art of trying to position myself off of the tee. Im not the longest hitter but todays technology makes it much more fun than the old days! Right now Im hitting the Nike Sasquatch driver. I try to keep my bag relatively up to date by adding a few pieces of the latest equipment but Im not one to pour a ton of money into my bag. I still have the same putter I used when I was 15 years old and Ive had the same irons for a few years.
Good luck with your game.
Do you keep in touch with any of your old teammates from Duke or have anything to do with the program today? ' William, North Carolina
Hi William,
The short answer is yes. As a matter of fact, Ive had dinner with two of my former teammates in the last three weeks. I stay in touch with my coach as well. He has a heck of a team on his hands this year. They look good to win another national championship in 07. We recently had a team reunion on campus at Duke University. It was a real treat to see, not only my old teammates, but also members of teams from other years. All of us stay in touch because of the bond that we share as friends and as alumni. We share a special camaraderie.
Thanks for the question.
What have you noticed about the pro game from the play-by-play booth that is different from your previous experience? ' Kirk, Temple, TX
Thats an interesting question. I would have to say that the biggest difference in covering the action from the booth versus covering it in post-game shows is that we spend most of our time setting up the action rather than looking back on it. It keeps you much more in the moment. This opportunity has also afforded me the chance to pick the brains of many of the best players to ever compete while the action is unfolding. Its a real treat working with the analysts in the game today.
Thanks for your interest, Kirk
I met you a few years back at Bay Hill. You were so nice and made me feel great. With this being your first year doing shot by shot commentary (and doing a great job) how do you prepare for each event? ' Chris
Hey Chris,
Good to hear from you. I was lucky enough to have Bay Hill on my play-by-play schedule this year. I had my first home game! It was great. I was able to prepare for the event in the comforts of my own home which is a refreshing change of pace from hotel rooms. Each event calls for a different method of preparation because they are all so different. Some of the things I always try to do are stay on top of the games news, talk to the players before and after their practice sessions or, even at times, join them for dinner because its a much more relaxed setting. I also spend time with my partner in the booth, scouting the golf course so that Im aware of the areas that may garner the most attention. I know it sounds like a lot of work but I enjoy all of it. Thanks for taking the time to write.
Thanks for the questions,
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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

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Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

He picked up one more No. 2, too.

The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.

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Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

Best of the rest: A two-time Web.com winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Web.com Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry