Donald Tackles New Venue in Title Defense

By Associated PressFebruary 27, 2007, 5:00 pm
2006 Honda ClassicPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Being the defending champion of a golf tournament has plenty of advantages.
Luke Donald isn't experiencing many of them this week.
He won't have the chance to strike the same 5-iron from 199 yards on the 72nd hole, a shot to 4 feet that sealed his two-stroke win over Geoff Ogilvy in last year's Honda Classic. He won't be able to see the final six greens and draw upon the experience of one-putting them all in the final round on the way to that victory.
All those memories came from The Country Club at Mirasol -- just across the street from the Honda's new home, PGA National.
And it's a safe bet that few will miss Mirasol more over the next few days than Donald.
'I like this golf course,' Donald said Tuesday. 'Obviously, I liked Mirasol as well, but the way they've set up the golf course is good. It demands a lot of accuracy off the tee and you really have to play good golf. It's not easy.'
Even though the native Englishman is a homeowner here now -- he lives about a 10-minute drive from the gates of PGA National -- Donald hasn't played the course that Tom and George Fazio designed and Jack Nicklaus redesigned in 1990 all that often. He's been around twice; once earlier this year before heading out to Pebble Beach, then nine holes Sunday and nine holes Monday, plus is set to play in a pro-am Wednesday.
Donald isn't the only one trying to learn the nuances of PGA National.
'Being here, where I haven't been before, I want to get a couple of practice rounds in,' said world No. 2 Jim Furyk. 'It makes for a long week when you don't know the course that well.'
A new home isn't the only change for the Honda this week.
It's serving as the opener of the PGA's Florida Swing, taking the spot that Doral traditionally held on the schedule; the CA Championship, as Doral's event is now known, will be March 22-25 and ends the four-week Florida stretch that also includes the Tampa Bay Championship in Palm Harbor and Bay Hill in Orlando.
'You play tournaments you feel you're going to do well at,' said Donald, the world's No. 10 player in the latest rankings who's playing for the fourth straight week. 'You try to sequence them where you're playing two or three events in a row and then have a little bit of time off.'
The early portion of Donald's 2007 season has been up-and-down, with a seventh-place finish at the season-opening Mercedes Championships and then a tie for second at the Sony Open the following week. But those results were followed by consecutive missed cuts at Pebble Beach and the Nissan Open earlier this month -- the first time he missed back-to-back weekends in PGA TOUR events since 2003.
He lost in the second round of last week's Accenture Match Play, falling to Aaron Baddeley.
'My game feels very good,' Donald said. 'Obviously, not the greatest results the last few weeks, but I'm very close to playing at my best again. I think it just needs a little momentum, a couple shots here or there to go my way and I'll be firing on all cylinders. On the range, my game feels very, very good.'
Another win would make it feel that much better, even if PGA National isn't yet giving him the same sort of feelings that Mirasol provided.
'I think this course suits my game,' Donald said, 'so I'm excited to play.'
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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  

    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 (

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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.