Regulation Shmegulation

By Adam BarrJune 21, 2002, 4:00 pm
Did you notice it at the U.S. Open? That vast silence ' beneath the endless cheers for Tiger, the swelling yells accompanying The Wave, the debates on whether we should really be nice to Monty, and the impatient carps of New Yorkers trying to say Hit it already! in Spanish?
 
The silence did not escape the attention of golf industry brainiacs.
 
Not a word, said Titleist chief Wally Uihlein on the phone the other day. Not a single word about tradition versus technology.
 
Well, of course not. There was golf being played. Real, grind-it-out, dont-miss-the-fairway, par-is-God, U.S. Golf Association-style golf. It took all the attention we had.
 
I tried to ask some equipment regulation questions early in the week, honest. Heck, its my job. The powers that be cooperated, but they cast me a vague look as if I had brought an orangutan to a black tie wedding at the Plaza. Interesting, but why would I want to ruin this nice party?
 
Fact is, no one cared much about coefficient of restitution at the national championship. Sure, guys had trouble reaching the 10th fairway, but no one said, What I wouldnt give for .03 more COR!
 
The USGA and its world counterpart, the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, deserve credit for hammering out the May 9 Proposal to settle the regulation of spring-like effect off the face of modern drivers. Its a compromise, and therefore imperfect (they are the first to admit this), and it reads like legislation, complete with vaguely defined terms (whats a highly skilled player, and when does he have to give up his .86 driver?), which brings justified criticism. But at least they did something, taking a step (some say a lurch) in the right direction after 18 months of hand-wringing and public grimacing about the difficulty of it all.
 
But the great national shoulder shrug with which the golf public has met the issue should be a lesson in itself. Poll the sleep-out regulars at Bethpage Black, as hard-core a group as you will find, and my bet is youll find much more concern about the bunkers of 15 than about trampoline effect.
 
It may well be that those in the trade and those who cover it know and care more about regulation than those who actually walk the turf. I mean, I cant actually hear you going to get a sandwich when I report on this stuff on TV, but I have my suspicions.
 
Herein lies the real core: The regulators should not forget the regulated. At bottom, its good for golf if more people play it and become interested in it. So it stands to reason that the organizations should put their emphasis there.
 
(Not to all reason, evidently. I once got an e-mail from former USGA executive director Frank Hannigan, presumably in response to one of my columns, in which he asked where I ever got the crazy idea that the USGA should care about participation. I replied, but he never answered. Go figure.)
 
Still, the regulatory matters need attention. Its the ruling bodies job, after all. But folks, please ' and I say this with all due respect ' can we please get on with it? Enough distraction with things that dont intimately involve grass, fresh air and the actual movement of equipment. Some equipment issue or other has been a burr under some saddle for the better part of four years, since USGA executive director David Fay and then-president Trey Holland sat on a stage at Olympic and said existing drivers would be O.K. Lets finish the notice and comment period on July 15, make the law and move on. Then lets move with alacrity (and total manufacturer involvement, start to finish) on golf balls.
 
The rulemakers counsel patience, reminding us that rule changes in golf should not be made lightly. True. Reed Mackenzie, the current USGA president, brings a lawyerly sense of deliberation to the process, as well he should. But deliberation has more to do with care than slowness for its own sake. Im not saying floor it. Just push the pedal a bit.
 
Then the ruling bodies and the major organizations in the game can start devoting their full attention to an effective invitation to the game ' and a welcome that will make people want to stay in it.
 
Dont worry about me. Ill find something else to report on. So get your sandwich now.
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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 12:15 pm

Tiger Woods, in search of his 15th career major championship title, started the weekend six off the lead at Carnoustie. We're tracking him in Round 3 of The Open.


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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 8:30 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)

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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:55 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.


Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.