Masters Leaderboard Translated

By Adam BarrApril 14, 2003, 4:00 pm
As another in our long list of services offered with you, the golf gearhead, in mind, I have put together this explanation of what the 2003 Masters leaderboard really means ' to the equipment industry, that is. Well review selected participants in tee-time order.
Sunday, 2 p.m.: Rich Beem. Got that TaylorMade-adidas Golf logo out there; got some TV time as winner of the major before this one. Faltered down the stretch, but was expressive. Good face time for TMaG, even with T15 finish.
Sunday, 2:10 p.m.: Len Mattiace. Yahoo for Hogan! The bag for Spalding Sports Worldwides premium iron line got all over the camera, and Len made some classic swings with the sticks. Gracious in defeat, even with the tears. Ran up a lot of rungs on the esteem ladders of a lot of people. Hell be back.
Sunday, 2:20 p.m.: Phil Mickelson. Man, after that multi-time-zone putt on No. 2, Futura putters by Titleists Scotty Cameron should be flying off the shelf like little space ships on sticks. The Titleist bag was front and center, and it looked for a while as if the monkey might be climbing off Phils back. Pretty good exposure for one of Titleists chief player investments. Jim Furyk. His dogged determination makes Hogan look good. They like this guy and expect him to break through in a major-championship way pretty soon, maybe even this year.
Sunday, 2:30 p.m.: Tiger Woods. Nikes big hope took a rare trip to golfs land of the hopeless. Tigers anomalous round cost Nike a little exposure for some spiffy new clothes (yes, that was a new shade of red). But dont worry; youll see it plenty as the season goes on. But after the third hole Sunday, it was almost as if CBS was staying away to save Tiger from embarrassment. Tiger himself was a gentleman in his post-round talk with Peter Kostis, and swooshes were seen in abundance. Jose Maria Olazabal. Fingers at MacGregor Golf should be sore from a lot of crossing. JMO was playing V-Foil clubs, a line MacG is very excited about. Had he broken through and won a third Masters, BellSouth guys would have been up all night installing new phones at MacGs headquarters to handle the calls. No brand has won more majors. And theres history: That huge putter Jack Nicklaus used to win in 1986 was a MacGregor, and it sold out like hotcakes with the really good syrup.
Sunday, 2:40 p.m.: David Toms and Vijay Singh. The Cleveland Golf pairing. Had either caught fire, Cleveland would have basked in the heat. Not that its cold over there; Cleveland claims that industry data shows it is the fourth largest golf equipment company now in terms of dollar sales. Three majors in this group could have easily yielded a fourth. As it was, the Cleveland logo on both visors got plenty of airtime.
Sunday, 2:50 p.m.: Jeff Maggert. Mistakes aside, a valiant effort that got the Ping bag on the air a lot. Fitting, as Maggert has been one of Pings most consistent supporters. Mike Weir. Whoa Nelly, we got a barnburner goin in Carlsbad. Surely the TaylorMade-adidas folks were overjoyed beyond speech when their man came through. CEO Mark Kings goal since he took over, stated in the companys advertising, has been to be a performance golf brand, and of course this victory will attract a lot of consumers to that idea. Funny that Weir doesnt have TMaG on his hat, but dealings for endorsement space on golfers sometimes run into pre-existing deals and player promises and preferences and such. No matter; Weir had TaylorMade images going in abundance, from the bag to the driver to the irons. Look for them to be popular in Canada. Oh, and chalk up more exposure for Scotty Cameron. Weir used an SC model (not the far-out-looking Futura, though) in his win, and a lot of low-angle shots showed it off.
Just as the leaderboard Sunday included the cast of characters you might expect, so did the equipment leaderboard. It will be interesting over the next couple of weeks to see how all that TV time translates into sales.
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Woods: New putter should help on slower greens

By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:35 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods’ ice-cold putting showed at least a few signs of heating up earlier this month at The National, where he switched putters and ranked seventh in the field on the greens.

The mallet-style putter is still in the bag as Woods prepares for The Open, and he’s hoping the heavier model with grooves will prove valuable at Carnoustie.

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“To be honest with you, I’ve struggled on slower greens throughout my entire career,” Woods said Tuesday. “So for me, it’s going to help on these greens, for sure.”

To combat the slower greens, Woods usually applied a strip of lead tape to his putter. But this heavier model of putter doesn’t need the extra weight, and the grooves on the putter face allow the ball to get rolling faster and hotter.

“You don’t necessarily have to do that with the grooves,” he said of the lead tape. “When I putted with the Nike putter, I didn’t have to put lead tape on the putter to get a little more weight to it. I could just leave it just the way it was. This is the same type.”  

For all of the talk about his putting woes this season, Woods still ranks 56th in strokes gained: putting. More crucial this week: He’s 102nd in approach putt performance, which quantifies how well a player lag putts.

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Woods: Open best chance for long-term major success

By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:26 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods is more than a decade removed from his last major title, but he said Tuesday that The Open is the major that gives him the best chance for long-term success.

“I would say yes, because of the fact that you don’t have to be long to play on a links-style golf course,” Woods said during his pre-tournament news conference. “It certainly can be done.”

Full-field tee times from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

Woods pointed to the late-career success for both Greg Norman (2008) and Tom Watson (2009), both of whom challenged for the claret jug deep into their 50s.

“Distance becomes a moot point on a links-style golf course,” he said.

That’s certainly not the case, however, at the Masters, where bombers long have thrived, or the U.S. Open, which places a premium on long and straight driving.

“You get to places like Augusta National, which is just a big ballpark, and the golf course outgrows you, unfortunately,” he said. “But links-style courses, you can roll the ball. I hit a 3-iron that went down there 330. Even if I get a little bit older, I can still chase some wood or long club down there and hit the ball the same distance.”

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"Vantage Point with Mike Tirico" set to debut Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 17, 2018, 10:15 am

Special Hour Complementing the Network’s Week-Long Golf Central Live From The Open News Coverage; Premiere Scheduled to Include Interview with 2014 Open Runner-Up Rickie Fowler On-Site from Carnoustie

Features Include Tirico and Curtis Strange Re-watching ’99 Open at Carnoustie & Jim “Bones” Mackay Facilitating Exclusive Conversation with Caddies Michael Greller, John Wood Recounting Final Round Pairing at 2017 Open

To help set the table ahead of The 147TH Open at Carnoustie, Golf Channel will premiere Vantage Point with Mike Tirico on Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET. An extension of the network’s week-long Golf Central Live From The Open comprehensive news coverage, Vantage Point will revisit landmark moments in The Open’s history, uncover personal stories relevant to the fabric of the week and feature a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year” on golf’s original championship.

“It’s a thrill to be going back to The Open again this year, which is a fitting setting to launch this new opportunity,” said Tirico, NBC Sports host who this week will celebrate his 22nd consecutive year covering The Open. “I love being a part of the Golf Channel team during golf’s biggest weeks, and anticipate contributing to our commitment to great storytelling with Vantage Point.”

Kicking off the premiere of Vantage Point will be Tirico’s exclusive interview with 2014 Open runner-up and 2015 PLAYERS champion Rickie Fowler on-site from Carnoustie. One of Fowler’s favorite events, he has missed just one cut in eight previous appearances at The Open. Other highlights within the show include:

  • Jim “Bones” Mackay facilitating an exclusive conversation between caddies Michael Greller (Jordan Spieth) and John Wood (Matt Kuchar) recounting the final round pairing at The Open last July.
  • Tirico hosting a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year”: David Duval, Tom Lehman and Justin Leonard.
  • A recollection of one of the most unforgettable collapses in major championship golf, when Jean van de Velde surrendered a three-shot lead on the 72nd hole in 1999 at The Open. Tirico and Curtis Strange – both on the live tournament broadcast that year for ABC/ESPN – recently re-watched the telecast together for the first time since calling it live.


“This is harder to watch than I thought it was going to be. I’ve never seen anything like

that in my life. I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like that again.” – Curtis Strange


“I think I got caught up in the whole deal and felt human for the guy.” – Mike Tirico


Vantage Point with Mike Tirico will complement the network’s Golf Central Live From The Open, which will feature nearly 60 hours of comprehensive news coverage from Carnoustie. In total, NBC Sports will dedicate more than 350 hours to showcasing the third men’s major championship of the year, including nearly 50 live hours of the network’s Emmy-nominated tournament coverage – annually the most live hours of coverage from any golf event – spanning from Thursday’s opening tee shot to Sunday’s final putt.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 2018, 8:40 am

You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on  

Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (

Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (

Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM ( Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (