Veiwers Guide

By Randall MellApril 10, 2009, 4:00 pm
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Pressure ratchets up Saturday at the 73rd Masters as players jockey to get fit for a green jacket.
 
Heres what to look for in the third round at Augusta National:
 

  • Straight-shootin Texan gets another chance
     
    Chad Campbell is in position to live up to all the promise his fellow tour pros saw in him when they voted him most likely to break through and win a major as part of a Sports Illustrated poll.
     
    That was six years ago.
     
    As co-leader of the Masters with Kenny Perry, Campbell knows how important Saturdays third round is if hes going to break through.
     
    Campbell was the 36-hole leader at the 2006 Masters, but he doesnt like to be reminded what happened in back then. He shot 75 in the third round, but he still had a chance to win. Campbells hopes were dashed when he hit his approach into the water at the 15th, which cleared the way for Phil Mickelson to march to his second Masters title.
     
    Like to forget, Campbell said.
     
    Campbell had another chance to win a major back at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill in 2003. He got beat on the final hole after Shaun Micheel hit a spectacular 7-iron to within three inches for a tap-in birdie.
     

  • Perry strives to be oldest major championship winner
     
    At 48 years and eight months, if Perry goes on to win the Masters, he will become the oldest player to win a major, surpassing Julius Boros, who was 48 years and four months old when he won the PGA Championship at Pecan Valley Country Club in 1948.
     
    Perry isnt typically at the top of the list in conversations about whos the best player who hasnt won a major, but maybe he should be with 13 PGA Tour titles.
     
    Perry credits his father with instilling his competitive instincts, saying his dad, Ken, whos 85 now, used to whip him at everything form card games to golf.
     
    He would just pound on me. Perry said of his youth. He says, `Im going to beat you till I die. He was relentless. He was ruthless. He was a smart man. He knew it was going to make me tough. Thats all he was trying to do was make me tougher.
     

  • Time for Tiger to Make a Move
     
    When Tiger Woods wins the Masters, its after a big move in the third round.
     
    In all four of his Masters victories, Woods made a charge on moving day. His third-round scoring average in his four victories is 66.0.
     
    Woods, though, is seven shots back and tied for 19th after shooting 72 on Friday.
     
    Woods has never come from that far back after two rounds to win the Masters. He was first after two rounds in 97, second in 01, fourth in 02 and third in 05.
     
    Woods has never come from more than six shots back after two rounds to win any major.
     

  • First-timers Fuzzy-like start
     
    Anthony Kims record 11 birdies Friday gives him a chance to become the first player to win the Masters in his first appearance since 1979. Kim made his move in the second round as Fuzzy Zoeller played his final Masters' round. Zoeller is the last player to win the Masters in his first appearance. Kims 65 Friday moved him into a tie for sixth, five shots back.
     

  • Zingers boys making a run
     
    U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Paul Azinger predicted that the Americans would carry the momentum from their victory last fall into their individual games in the coming year.
     
    Were seeing that on a Masters leaderboard littered with American players.
     
    Campbell and Perry, the co-leaders, are among seven U.S. Ryder Cuppers who are tied for 11th or better.
     
    Anthony Kim and Jim Furyk are among those tied for sixth with Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Hunter Mahan among those tied for 11th.
     

  • The surprising weekend roster
     
    Past Masters champions Sandy Lyle (T-19) and Larry Mize (T-28) unexpectedly earned the right to play the weekend by making the cut. Some other big names disappointed when they failed to do so. Greg Norman wont be around this weekend, having likely made his final Masters appearance. Ernie Els wont be, either, missing his third consecutive Masters cut. Retief Goosen, Adam Scott, Fred Couples and Zach Johnson also failed to advance to the weekend.
     

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  • Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

    By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

    Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

    Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

    What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.


    Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


    Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

    Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

    Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

    Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

    Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

    Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

    In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

    "It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


    Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


    Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

    “Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

    “That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

    Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

    The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

    Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

    Lexi Thompson:

    Baking time!!

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    David Feherty:

    Jack Nicklaus:

    GC Tiger Tracker:

    Steve Stricker:

    Golf Channel:

    Frank Nobilo:

    Ian Poulter:

    Tyrone Van Aswegen:

    Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

    By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

    Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.