Notes Coach for Goosen Tiger Web Traffic

By Associated PressOctober 24, 2006, 4:00 pm
PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Retief Goosen has spent the last nine years sorting out his own swing problems, and it's worked well enough to bring him two U.S. Open titles. But frustration reached a new level this year, which caused the stoic South African to do something radical by his standards.
 
Goosen hired a coach.

He is working with Gregor Jamieson, an instructor at Lake Nona in Orlando, and he already has seen some results. Goosen won the China Masters last week by three shots over Michael Campbell, his first victory of the year.
 
'I've not been very happy with the way things have been going,' Goosen said. 'I had to make a choice. I haven't used anyone for nine years. In a way, I've been too scared to go to somebody to work on your swing in case you get more confused. Gregor has been very simple with the way we've worked on things.'
 
The last coach Goosen had was Sam Frost, the younger brother of David Frost.
 
Goosen said he decided against some of the more established coaches, such as Butch Harmon or David Leadbetter, in part because he wanted his coach to devote as much time to him as needed. Jamieson works with a few European players, but it helps that the coach and player are at Lake Nona.
 
TIGER TRAFFIC
Rob McNamara wouldn't have to pay attention to Tiger Woods to appreciate how his year has gone. All he has do is look at the 'unique browsers' -- number of people visiting -- on Woods' Web site.
 
'There are peaks and valleys depending on how he makes news,' said McNamara, who runs tigerwoods.com. 'On the golf course or off the golf course, that thing really spikes.'
 
The unique browsers were about 8,000 a day until they leapt to 20,696 on June 7, the day Woods said he was ending his nine-week break from golf and entering the U.S. Open. It was relatively stable at about 15,000 during the week of the British Open, then hit 43,199 on the day he captured the claret jug, followed by 49,494 unique browsers the following day.
 
The same thing happened for the PGA Championship. Unique browsers went from 13,869 on Saturday when Woods pulled into a tie with Luke Donald, to 36,287 when he won by five shots at Medinah. The day after the PGA, there were 46,015 unique browsers.
 
Asked about his season after winning the American Express Championship for his sixth consecutive PGA TOUR victory, Woods referred to it as a loss because of his father's death in May.
 
That, too, was reflected on the Web site.
 
There were about 293,836 unique browsers on May 3, the day Woods announced his father's death on the Web site.
 
TURNING IT AROUND
Joe Durant found rock bottom in a Milwaukee hotel room this summer, and the rebound was amazing.
 
He had only one top 10 all year, a tie for fourth in New Orleans at the end of April, and was outside the top 125 on the money list when he returned to his room after a 1-over 71 that left him in danger of missing the cut. Then he discovered he had been robbed of his computer and briefcase that held his car keys, passports and electronic goodies.
 
'That was probably the low point of the year,' Durant said. 'I was so depressed.'
 
And that's why a 67 the next day felt like winning the U.S. Open. Durant tied for 62nd in Milwaukee, but he had felt himself climbing out of the hole, and a third-place finish the following week at the Buick Open essentially locked up his card for the year. The last three weeks have been the best, with a playoff loss in the Southern Farm Bureau Classic, a tie for sixth in Las Vegas and his first victory in five years when he won Disney.
 
'Sometimes you just have to hit bottom to know where it is and start working your way back up,' Durant said.
 
STADIUM UPDATE
Florida went through an uneventful hurricane season, which could not have come at a better time for the PGA Tour during its renovation of the Stadium Course on the TPC at Sawgrass.
 
The home of The Players Championship is expected to reopen on Nov. 13 after a seven-month renovation. The frame of the Mediterranean-style clubhouse already is in place, and there's a chance that also might be ready when The Players Championship begins the second week in May.
 
But don't hold your breath.
 
'The good news is the clubhouse is on schedule,' commissioner Tim Finchem said at a charity luncheon Monday. 'The so-so news is that it's scheduled to open an hour before the first tee time.'
 
PARRY'S LAST RIDE
Craig Parry likely will play his final PGA TOUR event this week at the Chrysler Championship.
 
Parry has won 22 times around the world, including the NEC Invitational at Sahalee in 2002 and at Doral two years ago when he holed a 6-iron from the 18th fairway for eagle on the first playoff hole. The 40-year-old Australian is 179th on the money list and has no intention of going back to Q-school to retain his card.
 
But he's not retiring, either.
 
Parry told the Australian Associated Press last week that he will play the Japan PGA Tour, which is a shorter commute from Australia, and where he has a 10-year exemption from winning the 1997 Japan Open.
 
'It's not a hard decision,' Parry told AAP. 'I'm a little sick of the jet lag. It's a decision more about lifestyle than prize money. It's about getting to a place and feeling healthy and ready to play. I've had a good time in the States, but it's time to go home.'
 
Parry will return to the United States if eligible for a major or a World Golf Championship. And he will keep his home in Florida, renting it next year to Nick O'Hern, a fellow Aussie who wants a U.S. base.
 
DIVOTS
The Players Championship raised $2.7 million to be distributed among 90 charities in northeast Florida. ... Tests on Stephen Ames' back on Monday revealed no skeletal damage, only sore muscles. His agent said doctors have prescribed treatment and rest, and Ames is planning to play in the Skins Game on Thanksgiving weekend and the World Cup in Barbados on Dec. 7-10. ... Paul Azinger says he has spoken with the PGA of America about the Ryder Cup captaincy, although he did not classify it as a formal interview.
 
STAT OF THE WEEK
Justin Rose at Disney and Pat Perez at the Bob Hope Classic each shot 60 in the first round. Neither went on to win the tournament.
 
FINAL WORD
'It's an insult to Europe to say, 'What went wrong?'' -- Paul Azinger, on the U.S. losing to Europe by a record margin for the second straight time.
 
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Junior golfer's amazing run: ace, albatross, birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 11:03 pm

While most of the golf world had its attention focused on Scotland and The Open Championship at Carnoustie on Thursday, the REALLY remarkable performance of the day was taking place in Halifax, Mass.

There, in an American Junior Golf Association tournament, a 16-year-old Thai player made a hole-in-one and an albatross on consecutive holes.

According to the AJGA, Conor Kelly holed a 5-iron shot on the 198-yard, par-3 eighth hole. It was his first hole-in-one. He then holed a 4-iron second shot from 220 yards on the 480-yard ninth holer for the albatross. (We're gonna go out on a limb and say it was his first albatross.)

Certainly a nice way to make the turn - but Kelly wasn't finished. He birdied the par-4 10th for a 1-2-3 sequence on his scorecard. For the day, he shot a 5-under 67 in the AJGA Junior Golf Hub Championship at the Country Club of Halifax.

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McIlroy, Rahm betting co-favorites after Open Round 1

By Will GrayJuly 19, 2018, 10:10 pm

They're both three shots off the lead, but after starting The Open with rounds in the 60s Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm are now betting co-favorites to lift the claret jug at Carnoustie.

McIlroy is four years removed from his Open triumph at Royal Liverpool, while Rahm remains in search of his first major title. Both carded rounds of 2-under 69 in Scotland to sit three shots off the lead of Kevin Kisner. While McIlroy started the tournament at 16/1 and Rahm at 20/1, they're now dead even at 10/1 in updated odds at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook.

Kisner started the week at 200/1, but after an opening-round 66 he's quickly been trimmed to 25/1. Tony Finau sits one shot behind Kisner and is now listed behind only McIlroy and Rahm at 12/1 after starting the tournament at 60/1.

On the other side of the coin, consensus pre-tournament betting favorite Dustin Johnson fell from 12/1 to 100/1 following an opening 76 while Masters champ Patrick Reed shot a 4-over 75 to plummet from 30/1 to 200/1. Trailing by five shots following an opening-round 71, Tiger Woods' odds remained unchanged at 25/1 as he seeks a 15th career major title.

Here's a look at the revised betting odds heading into the second round at Carnoustie:

10/1: Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm

12/1: Tony Finau

14/1: Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler

20/1: Francesco Molinari

25/1: Tiger Woods, Alex Noren, Henrik Stenson, Kevin Kisner

30/1: Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka

40/1: Ryan Moore, Jason Day

50/1: Erik Van Rooyen, Brandon Stone, Matt Kuchar

60/1: Danny Willett, Thomas Pieters, Marc Leishman, Thorbjorn Olesen, Russell Henley, Matthew Southgate

80/1: Webb Simpson, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Brendan Steele, Kevin Na

100/1: Dustin Johnson, Zander Lombard, Sung Kang, Paul Casey, Louis Oosthuizen, Xander Schauffele, Chris Wood, Pat Perez, Luke List, Charley Hoffman

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Despite 78, Lincicome savors PGA Tour experience

By Randall MellJuly 19, 2018, 9:41 pm

Two bad holes derailed Brittany Lincicome in her historic start Thursday at the Barbasol Championship, but they couldn’t wipe the smile off her face afterward.

It might have been the most fun she ever had shooting a 78.

Lincicome joined Babe Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Michelle Wie as the only women to tee it up in a PGA Tour event when she striped her opening tee shot down the middle Thursday at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky.

A double bogey at her ninth hole and a triple at her 16th might have spoiled her chances at joining Zaharias as the only women to make a 36-hole cut in a PGA Tour event, but it didn’t spoil her experience.

“I did what I wanted to do, with having fun,” Lincicome said. “I think I nailed that part pretty well.

“I love playing with the guys. It's so much fun, being inside the ropes with them. Hopefully, I can get a good one tomorrow.”

Lincicome, 32, held her own for 16 holes, playing them in 1 over par, but those two big numbers left her tied for last place when she signed her scorecard, though other players remained on the course.

At 6 over, Lincicome is 13 shots behind the leader, probably seven or eight shots off the projected cut line, but she savored the experience. She arrived wanting to inspire young girls to dream big, and to bring some extra attention to a title sponsor who means so much to her. She represents Pure Silk, part of the Barbasol family.

Sam Ryder, who joined Conrad Shindler playing alongside Lincicome, was impressed with the way Lincicome carried herself.

“I would play with her every day if she wanted to,” said Ryder, who opened with a 68. “She's just a great person.

“Even though I know she's probably a little disappointed with her final score, she had a smile on her face all day.”

Lincicome, an eight-time LPGA winner, made her first birdie at her 12th hole, dropping a 30-foot putt, but she wasn’t happy with her putter much of the day. She missed three other good birdie chances, a 4-footer at her eighth hole, an 8-footer at her 10th and a 12-footer at the last.

“Pretty happy with my game overall,” Lincicome said. “I had two bad holes, but I drove it well. I did all the things I said I needed to do, but my putter let me down today.”

After piping her first drive, Lincicome opened with three consecutive pars.

“I was actually calmer than I thought I was going to be,” she said. “I thought I was going to be a nervous wreck. After the first tee shot, I was pretty happy that I found the fairway.”

Lincicome said Ryder and Shindler made her feel welcome. So did the crowds.

“It was great,” she said. “I could feel the energy of the crowd support me. Every time I hit a good driver or good shot, they would cheer for me, which was great.

“Conrad and Sam were so nice. I couldn't have asked for a better pairing. They were very welcoming, and we were interacting, they were asking me questions, and it was great.”

On Tuesday, Lincicome said a key to her play would be hitting fairways. She did that, hitting 10 of 14, but she was taking in longer clubs than she does in LPGA events, with Keene Trace set up at 7,168 yards. That’s 600 yards longer than she played last week at the LPGA’s Marathon Classic, where she finished second. She hit just 8 greens in regulation in this PGA Tour start.

Lincicome is nicknamed “Bam Bam.” She is one of the LPGA’s longest drivers, but she was typically 30 to 40 yards behind Ryder and Shindler after hitting her driver. She averaged 259 yards per drive, Ryder 289 yards.

“She had a couple birdie putts that she could have made,” Ryder said. “If she made a couple of those, might've been a little bit different, just to get a little bit of momentum. Who knows?”

Lincicome’s biggest challenges were the par 3s.

At the 18th, playing 195 yards, she mis-hit her tee shot, knocking it in the water, short of the green. She took a penalty, moved up to a forward tee, dropped and hit into a right greenside bunker. She got up and down from there for a 5.

At the seventh, playing 198 yards, she missed wild right and deep. From a tough spot in the rough, she left her pitch short of the green. She chipped her third past the hole and to the fringe, where she took three putts from 20 feet.

Afterward, Lincicome wasn’t dwelling on the bad shots. She was focused on going to sign autographs for all the fans waiting for her, including all the little girls who came out to see her.

“I need to go back over there and sign,” she said. “Any time I can influence a child, especially a girl, obviously I want to get them involved with the LPGA, as much as possible.”

Her overall assessment of her day?

“It was a great experience,” she said.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 8:55 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:

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 early 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 early marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.