Notes Players Cause Ogilvys Gold Shoes

By Associated PressApril 2, 2007, 4:00 pm
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- When Gary Player won his first Masters title in 1961, someone said he'd never last. All that weightlifting and exercising was going to ruin his career.
 
So much for that.
 
Almost 50 years later, Player is one of the greatest the game has ever seen with nine major titles and the career Grand Slam. And at 71 he's got the body of a man half his age, thanks to 1 1/2 -hour workouts five days a week.
 
'I exercise like a Trojan,' Player said Monday, standing up and slapping his rock-hard stomach for emphasis. 'I want to live a long time. I have 18 grandchildren and probably will end up having about 22, and my greatest joy is doing things with them.
 
'I'd like to live to 100, I certainly would. Because I have such a zest for life.'
 
Player was a fitness fanatic long before it was in vogue. Now that golfers have realized he was onto something -- Tiger Woods is one of the fittest athletes in any sport -- Player wants to tackle the rest of the world.
 
In the United States alone, Player said, 3,500 deaths each day can be traced back to obesity. If people don't start taking better care of themselves, health care costs will continue to skyrocket.
 
'The obesity factor is, in my humble opinion, the biggest single danger to the world today,' he said. 'I want to try and make young guys say, `Look at this guy, 71, he can still play, he can still walk around. You look good.' Because really, this is a very, very serious thing, and it's being overlooked.
 
'They are reducing exercise, they are eating more (junk),' he added. 'If you look at the amount of money it's going to cost countries, it's staggering.'
 
This will be Player's 50th Masters, tying a record set three years ago by Arnold Palmer. Though he's made the cut only four times in the last 20 years, he can still come close to shooting his age occasionally.
 
He'd like to play at least one more year at Augusta National so he can hold the record for most Masters played. He already holds the record for most consecutive British Opens played, at 46.
 
'Possibly next year could be my last,' he said. 'I'm not committing myself. ... I don't want to say it's my last time and then come back. I don't want to do that.
 
'When I say that's my last, please, if I come and tee it up, steal the ball. Take the ball off the first tee and run away with it.'
 
GOTTA BE THE SHOES:
Geoff Ogilvy is moving in on Jesper Parnevik's territory.
 
The U.S. Open champion will be sporting a pair of gold golf shoes for Wednesday's practice round, and will also wear them one other day during the Masters tournament.
 
'Classy gold, if that can be done,' Ogilvy said Monday. 'They are gold-gold, like (sprinter) Michael Johnson-in-Atlanta gold. They are nice. They are good shoes.'
 
But gold? The Australian certainly has style -- staid golfwear isn't his thing -- but his clothes aren't even in the same closet as Parnevik's outlandish garb. Parnevik, of course, is the guy who wears pegged pants, and has outfits in colors and patterns usually found on Garanimals.
 
But when Puma, Ogilvy's sponsor, asked if he'd wear the shoes, Ogilvy said OK. Johan Edfors will wear a similar pair sometime this week.
 
'They are pretty cool,' Ogilvy said. 'When I heard gold shoes, I raised an eyebrow. But actually when I got them, they are pretty sweet. I think they're nice.'
 
Asked how they'd go with a green jacket, Ogilvy smiled.
 
'Anything goes with a green jacket, I think,' he said.
 
JACK OR TIGER?
Asked to name the greatest player in golf history, Gary Player settled for a tie.
 
Jack Nicklaus was a better driver than Tiger Woods, and putted just as well, Player said. He gave Woods the edge with wedges, flop shots, sand shots and chipping. Both are incredibly strong mentally.
 
'It's hard to (pick one) when they played in different eras,' Player said. 'Jack Nicklaus' record is superior at the moment, but if anybody is going to beat it, it's Tiger Woods.'
 
Nicklaus won 18 major championships, including six Masters. But Woods is closing fast. Only 31, he's already won 12 majors, including the last two.
 
GATOR FAN:
One look at Chris DiMarco's golf bag, and it was obvious who he was rooting for in Monday night's NCAA tournament.
 
There was the knit blue-and-orange head cover. There was the leather head cover with 'Gators' in big, bold letters. There was the putter cover with the Gators logo.
 
And in case there was still any doubt, the Florida alum added a new logo to his bag Monday that proclaimed the Gators the 2006 national champions in both football and basketball.
 
The Gators, trying to become the first team since Duke in 1992 to repeat as national champions, played Ohio State on Monday night. In January, Florida upset the Buckeyes for the football title.
 
'Ohio State's a great team,' said DiMarco, who also was wearing an orange shirt. 'The one thing is, our kids are extremely focused. They came back for one reason and one reason only, and that was to win a national title.'
 
Though the game was only two hours away in Atlanta, DiMarco said the 9 p.m. tipoff made it too late for him to attend in person. But he was with the Gators in spirit.
 
When Tiger Woods walked by him, DiMarco asked who he was rooting for. Ohio State, Woods said.
 
'Come on,' DiMarco groaned.
 
'You see this?' DiMarco asked, turning around his golf bag to show off the new logo. 'One day Stanford might be able to get that for you. But right now, no chance.'
 
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    Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

    Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.


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    Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

    Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

    Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

    4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

    4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

    4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

    4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

    4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

    5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

    5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

    5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

    5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

    5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

    6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

    6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

    6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

    6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

    6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

    6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

    7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

    7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

    7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

    7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

    7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

    7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

    8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

    8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

    8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

    8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

    8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

    8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

    9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

    9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

    9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

    9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

    9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

    10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

    10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

    10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

    10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

    10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

    10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

    11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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    Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

    He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

    “There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.


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    At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

    Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

    “I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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    Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

    Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

    Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

    “I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”


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    Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

    Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

    “It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

    More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

    “I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”

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    After 36, new Open favorite is ... Fleetwood

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 7:49 pm

    With a handful of the pre-championship favorites exiting early, there is a new odds-on leader entering the third round of The Open at Carnoustie.

    While Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner share the 36-hole lead, it's England's Tommy Fleetwood who leads the betting pack at 11/2. Fleetwood begins the third round one shot off the lead.

    Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.

    Tommy Fleetwood: 11/2

    Zach Johnson: 13/2

    Rory McIlroy: 7/1

    Jordan Spieth: 8/1

    Rickie Fowler: 9/1

    Kevin Kisner: 12/1

    Xander Schauffele: 16/1

    Tony Finau: 16/1

    Matt Kuchar: 18/1

    Pat Perez: 25/1

    Brooks Koepka: 25/1

    Erik van Rooyen: 50/1

    Alex Noren: 50/1

    Tiger Woods: 50/1

    Thorbjorn Olesen: 60/1

    Danny Willett: 60/1

    Francesco Molinari: 60/1