New Design Business New Tiger

By Adam BarrAugust 18, 2007, 4:00 pm
TRAVELERS REST, S.C. ' A thunderstorm follows this guy wherever he goes. But not a cloud.
 
In this business, you get used to seeing Tiger Woods walk into press conferences. But what never gets old is the ever-present cloudburst ' the thunder of following feet (entourage, security, photographers, well-wishers, any wishers), the lightning of flashbulbs, endlessly freezing moments in a life the media find endlessly interesting.
 
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Last week, the Striped Storm blew into the Blue Ridge foothills near this quiet little town. Softball-sized peaches, $6.99 a dozen thanks to a spring frost, are on sale at the half-dozen or so roadside stands that line U.S. 25 between here and Greenville, a half hour south. Just outside of town at The Cliffs Valley Golf Club, Woods announced the newest page in his still-young career. He will design his first U.S. golf course, the Cliffs at High Carolina, in mountain meadows and forests about 45 minutes north of here, between Asheville and Hickory, N.C.
 
And it was a line that got it all started, in a way. Jim Anthony, a diminutive man in all but spirit and economic muscle, used to climb telephone poles as a lineman for Southern Bell. That gave him an excellent view of some of the most beautiful rolling, wooded mountains in the world. He wondered who owned it all. When he was 40, he quit his linemans job, got some investors, and started buying. Sixteen years later, he is planning his eighth private golf-and-residential community, with Woods course as the centerpiece. (There are already courses by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio, as well as a Gary Player course under development.) Each of the developments, which stretch across the western Carolinas between Greenville and Asheville and border national forests, has been extremely successful.
 
It takes Anthonys kind of vision and will to bring together a lineman from the Carolinas and a skinny kid from L.A. About the time Anthony was taking a huge flyer and changing his career, Woods was learning to hit from flyer lies and thinking about getting his drivers license.
 
But still, Tiger waited a solid decade into his pro career before thinking about designing courses. He just opened his design company last year, and launched into a high-end project in Dubai. Surely his name would have drawn plenty of clients before this. (Word is Woods turned down some double-digit-million offers in recent years before accepting the Dubai fee, which has been reported at as much as $25 million.) Nonetheless, Woods was in no hurry.
 
I haven't done it before because, one, I didn't feel like I had played enough around the world to truly understand how to design golf courses or what golf really is, Woods said. But there was also another factor: I've been offered many times to design golf courses here in the States and never did because I never felt comfortable with the partnership. But after meeting Jim, it was an instant yes. Jim is the sole reason why I'm doing this.
 
Theres at least one other reason. Woods wants this course, this mountain course, to be a walking course.
 
High Carolina is special for several reasons, Anthony said. One, over 4,000 feet elevation gives us incredible views almost on every hole. It has gently rolling meadows, and as Tiger indicated, it will be a walking golf course. In our early discussions, we could not be more excited about a walking golf course that really dovetails into our whole philosophy of wellness.
 
Wellness? Is this real estate or yoga? But Anthony, himself trim and healthy, is serious. All his Cliffs communities have tried to weave a substantial thread of wellness into their fabric, be it through recreation or relaxation. Some may call it simply a new way to market real estate. Anthony thinks otherwise. Residents are even assigned wellness coaches.
 
No one has said that a golf carts wheel will never crease a fairway at High Carolina. But walking will be available and encouraged, which fits in with Woods belief in the importance of physical vitality.
 
I just think that with how America's changed, how we all have seen [physical education] leave the schools, how obesity has increased astronomically, Type 2 diabetes has now become rampant everywhere ' I just think that golf can lead the example of wellness, Woods said.
 
Whether the walking idea catches on or not, many eyes will be on Woods first U.S. design, in which he promises a minimalist approach to moving earth. That could help to make the walking dream a reality.
 
We're not going to try and move a bunch of dirt, Woods said. That's the whole idea. Now, Jim has said that he wants to move some of the trees that are native to that area and then replant them, so we definitely will do that. We've got to move enough dirt so it's walkable; you don't want something that's unwalkable. We want something to flow and feel comfortable. But also, nothing gradient or, you know, four, five percent where it's not going to be too difficult [to walk].
 
And be careful about off-line shots. Tiger loves bunkers, and not necessarily easy bunkers. The leading edges might look a bit wild.
 
I think that's wonderful how ' I mean, one of the changes that was made up in Boston this year for the Deutsche Bank tournament is that you'll see a lot of native grasses and a different look than how it has played in years past, Woods said. And I think that's getting back to not being so perfectly manicured all the time. I think that's a good thing.
 
Another good thing, in Tigers view, is the coming shift in his business mix, of which Tiger Woods Design is a part. He smiled when he said it, but he did mention during the press conference that he has made lots of commercials ' maybe enough for awhile. Not that hell shy away from photo shoots, but a change his business priorities may indeed be on the way. Where will this new project rank?
 
Very high, extremely high, Woods said. One of reasons why I'm moving towards this is to do something that's different, that's challenging, something I've always wanted to do. This is extremely difficult. It's something that as I have gotten into it, I have been stimulated and ' more than I ever thought I would ' I actually love that.
 
Which is the result, I guess, of living under a storm, but not a cloud.
 
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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 9:20 am

Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.


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McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

Said Harmon:

“Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


“He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

“This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

“Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.

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How The Open cut line is determined

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:57 am

Scores on Day 1 of the 147th Open Championship ranged from 5-under 66 to 11-over 82.

The field of 156 players will be cut nearly in half for weekend play at Carnoustie. Here’s how the cut line works in the season’s third major championship:


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


• After 36 holes, the low 70 players and ties will advance to compete in the final two rounds. Anyone finishing worse than that will get the boot. Only those making the cut earn official money from the $10.5 million purse.

• There is no 10-shot rule. That rule means anyone within 10 shots of the lead after two rounds, regardless of where they stand in the championship, make the cut. It’s just a flat top 70 finishers and ties.

• There is only a single cut at The Open. PGA Tour events employ an MDF (Made cut Did not Finish) rule, which narrows the field after the third round if more than 78 players make the cut. That is not used at this major.

The projected cut line after the first round this week was 1 over par, which included 71 players tied for 50th or better.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:30 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 GolfChannel.com.  

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; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)