Notes Jack Reflects on Losing His Father

By Associated PressMay 30, 2006, 4:00 pm
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Jack Nicklaus recalled walking off the ninth green at Augusta National last year in what was his final appearance in the Masters, turning to his son Jackie and saying, Dont think it hasnt been charming.
 
He nearly got choked up telling that story Tuesday because of what the words meant.
 
Some 35 years earlier, when his father was dying of cancer and was being wheeled into an operating room, Charlie Nicklaus waved at his family and said the same words.
 
Nicklaus spent some 10 minutes talking about the relationship he had with his father, who died in 1970 during his longest drought in the majors in the prime of his career. It was relevant because Tiger Woods is skipping the Memorial for the first time in his career, still coping with the death of his father on May 3.
 
Everybody reacts differently to different things, Nicklaus said. It would be a pure guess on my part what his reaction would be.
 
Nicklaus said he tried to reach Woods, who wasnt taking calls. He talked to Woods wife and left a message that if you want to call me, fine; if you dont, its fine. You know what my thoughts are.
 
Nicklaus had gone 10 majors without winning when his father died Feb. 19, 1970. He said he had been playing sloppy golf, not putting in enough practice or getting the most out of his ability. He said the death of his father caused him to rededicate himself to dominance.
 
He lived for what I did, Nicklaus said. I think that was his greatest thrill and pleasure. And I think I let him down. He would have kicked me in the rear end.
 
Then he paused and smiled as he considered Woods.
 
You cant say he needs to be kicked in the rear end, Nicklaus said.
 
RETURN OF THE KING?
Two weeks after Arnold Palmer withdrew from the Senior PGA Championship, the King submitted his entry for the U.S. Senior Open, to be played July 6-9 at Prairie Dunes in Kansas.
 
It would be his first official event of the year.
 
My golf has certainly not been up to par of late, Palmer, 76, said on his web site. Hopefully, by the time I get to Kansas, my game will be much better.
 
Palmer won the 1981 U.S. Senior Open at Oakland Hills and has played in all 24 championships that followed. His last competitive appearance was in the Champions Skins Game in Hawaii. He last played a Champions Tour event in Houston last October.
 
OPEN EXEMPTIONS
Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman easily stayed inside the top 50 in the world ranking this week, making him one of 13 players who earned exemptions to the U.S. Open through various criteria.
 
Lehman was No. 47 and among six players who had to rely on their top-50 ranking to get a tee time at Winged Foot, the smallest number in the last six years. The others were Darren Clarke, Rod Pampling, Trevor Immelman, Robert Allenby and Zach Johnson.
 
Paul Casey, Rory Sabbatini and Geoff Ogilvy are exempt through the world ranking and various money lists on their tours.
 
Carl Pettersson slipped out of the top 50 by a fraction of a point and will have to qualify on Monday unless he wins the Memorial. Pettersson won in Tampa Bay last year, and the U.S. Open exempts anyone with two PGA Tour victories through this week.
 
Lee Westwood of England, who had been No. 52, missed the cut at the BMW Championship at Wentworth and slipped to No. 55. He had said he would not go through the U.S. Open qualifier in England because he was playing the Memorial, although his status became unclear when he withdrew from the Memorial.
 
Monday also was a deadline for the British Open, and Brett Wetterich will be making his debut in golfs oldest championship. Wetterich won the Byron Nelson Championship earlier this month and is 17th on the PGA Tour money list. The British Open takes the top three players not otherwise eligible who are among the top 20 on the money list after the St. Jude Classic.
 
NAME CHANGE
Arnold Palmer is taking over his golf course design, changing the name to Arnold Palmer Design Company and moving headquarters in Florida from Ponte Vedra Beach to Orlando.
 
The move will allow Palmer to be more active in his roles as president and chairman of the company that has been around 35 years and has nearly 300 courses either open or being built in 38 states and 23 countries. Among his courses is The K Club in Ireland, which will host the Ryder Cup in September.
 
Another reason for the changes is the illness of Ed Seay, with whom Palmer founded the company in 1971. Seay no longer is fully active, but will stay involved as a personal counselor to Palmer.
 
Since my golf has not been up to the standards I have always set for myself, I have not been playing in tour events this year, Palmer said. So that gives me the time to be more in charge of the company and personally get more involved in the designing. This is something that I have wanted to do for many years. With the company right at my club in Orlando, I can be hands-on much more of the time.
 
DIVOTS
Evian Masters on the LPGA Tour has raised its purse to $3 million because of the favorable exchange rate with the euro. That makes it the second-richest purse in womens golf, behind only the U.S Womens Open at $3.1 million. ... The Canadian PGA has canceled its PGA Championship because two sponsors pulled out. It was co-sanctioned as a Nationwide Tour event the last five years. ... The LPGA tournament in Orlando, Fla., sponsored by Ginn Clubs & Resorts will be held next year April 12-15, the week after the Masters and going up against the Verizon Heritage at Hilton Head, one of the more popular stops on the PGA TOUR. ... It will be easier getting to Pinehurst this summer by air. Delta Air Lines has added nonstop flights between Atlanta and Pinehurst six times a week starting June 22.
 
STAT OF THE WEEK
Jay Haas has made 589 cuts on the PGA TOUR, one short of the record held by Tom Kite. Haas, who has won three straight Champions Tour events, is playing this week at the Memorial.
 
FINAL WORD
We can always find excuses. Were golfers.' Bart Bryant, who has started slowly after knee surgery at the end of last year.
 
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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 10:15 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.


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    “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:


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    • 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)