Notes Pressel the perfect host Inksters solution

By Associated PressOctober 21, 2008, 4:00 pm
Morgan Pressel, who last year signed an endorsement as Kapaluas touring professional, had a share of the lead going into the final round of the inaugural Kapalua LPGA Classic. She said she tried to stick to her routine by going to dinner and getting to bed.
 
Turns out theres more to the story.
 
Upon learning Kapalua officials were meeting with a potential sponsor Saturday night, Pressel invited herself to dinner to meet with company officials. Then, she went out and won the tournament with a 15-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the 18th hole.
 
WESTWOOD WAITS
Lee Westwood now has gone 27 tournaments without winning dating to the British Masters last year, but he still rates this season as a success. He was a serious threat to win a major for the first time, finishing one shot out of the U.S. Open playoff. He also came close to winning his first World Golf Championship, finishing one behind Vijay Singh.
 
More than those close calls, he looks at consistency. He has had a dozen finishes in the top 10, including seven top 3s.
 
Its a fine line between winning a golf tournament and finishing second and third, Westwood said last week in Portugal. So I could quite easily be sitting here with four, five, six wins.
 
Padraig Harrington would be among those who understand.
 
From 1998 through 2001, Westwood won 12 times and had four runner-up finishes on the European tour. Harrington won three times and was runner-up 14 times during that same stretch.
 
Its just one of those things you cant really quantify and put your finger on the difference between winning and finishing second, Westwood said.
 
LPGA PRO-AMS
For all the fuss over LPGA players who cant communicate well during pro-ams, Juli Inkster believes the issue goes far beyond language, particularly with Asian players.
 
The LPGA contemplated a policy demanding English efficiency from its players until it backed down under public criticism. Theres still plenty of discussion of the topic, though, and Inkster said earlier this month that it was more about culture.
 
The Asian players its kind of a respect thing, a pecking order thing, Inkster said. They are brought up to really honor their roots and their grandparents, and the people before them, and the higher-ups. So all of a sudden, you put an 18- or 19-year-old girl thats maybe not really comfortable with her English.
 
Playing with four CEOs ' men or women ' she is not going to feel comfortable going up there and making small talk. Thats not the way they are brought up.
 
Her solution? Have them accompany a veteran who makes everyone comfortable in pro-ams ' and theres no shortage of those on the LPGA, whether its Inkster, Meg Mallon or Lorena Ochoa.
 
Count that as their pro-am, just so they can learn, Inkster said. Its teaching these girls how to play a pro-am more than teaching them English. If I get four Korean men in this pro-am, even though I dont speak their language, Im going to make it fun for them.
 

FAXON'S LOST SEASON
In reviewing last season, the PGA Tour media guide notes Brad Faxon had season-ending foot surgery in August but is expected to be ready for the 2008 season.
 
It just didnt say when.
 
Then again, Faxon didnt realize he would have another ACL surgery on his right knee ' his third since 2003 ' or a microfracture surgery that followed, a complicated procedure in which tiny fractures in the bone begins the process for cartilage to rebuild.
 
The good news for Faxon is his doctor has cleared him to play next week in the Ginn sur Merr Classic in Florida, his second start of the year. The first one came at Turning Stone three weeks ago, where he missed the cut and wondered if he would be one-and-done after swelling in the knee.
 
Being out on tour is not the same as being home in a cart, he said.
 
Faxon wanted to make sure he wouldnt do any more damage to his knee, and doctors gave him the go-ahead last week.
 
My season is a wash anyway, Faxon said. I just want to make sure that when January gets here, Im ready to play. It would be a hard winter if I cant play, especially not having played the last year.
 
Except for Turning Stone, his last official event was the Wyndham Championship in August 2007.
 

KARLSSON STAYING PUT
Robert Karlsson, on the verge of winning the Order of Merit in Europe, has earned enough in the majors that he could be eligible to take up PGA Tour membership next year.
 
But it sounds as though the Swede is staying put instead of playing the minimum 15 required for U.S. membership.
 
(Im) not really interested in playing 15, especially with the Race to Dubai coming here, he said, referring to Europes new points race culminating in $20 million in prize and bonus money available in Dubai at the end of the year.
 
Karlsson played 28 times last year and already has played 22 times this year. The ideal schedule would be 25 events a year around the world, although like other players, he finds it hard to cut back.
 
Theres too many good events around, thats the thing, Karlsson said. If you can be about 25, that would be good. You would like to remember what the kids look like.
 
LEWIS WAITS
Stacy Lewis closed with a 66, the best score of the week at the Kapalua LPGA Classic, to tie for sixth. Now she waits six weeks before her biggest event of the year ' the final stage of LPGA qualifying.
 
If not for a puzzling policy, Lewis wouldnt have to worry about Q-School.
 
Lewis made $47,077 at Kapalua, pushing her earnings in seven events to $247,464, which would have put her 57th on the money list. Those finishing the equivalent of the top 80 on the money list get their cards. But the LPGA does not count earnings from the U.S. Womens Open ' Lewis finished third in her pro debut ' for nonmembers.
 
Instead, Lewis was credited with $84,977 from her six sponsor exemptions. She missed the cut in one event after flying across the country for the first stage of Q-School.
 
DIVOTS
Hal Sutton tied for 23rd in his Champions Tour debut and earned $14,620, his largest tour paycheck since he tied for 41st in the 2004 Colonial and made $20,620. Ben Crane shot all four rounds in the 60s in Las Vegas and tied for 53rd. Two players who reached the third round of the PGA Tour Playoffs in St. Louis ' Jay Williamson and Martin Laird ' are outside the top 125 on the money list. Of the 95 eagles last week in Las Vegas, 14 of them were on par 4s.
 
STAT OF THE WEEK
Las Vegas has produced a first-time winner on the PGA Tour the last five years, the longest streak of any event. None of the previous four have won again.
 
FINAL WORD
Parking spot with your name on it. I dont get that anywhere else. ' Hal Sutton on his Champions Tour debut.
 

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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 5:40 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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    The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 5:30 am

    Take a look at some answers to frequently asked questions about The Open:

    What's all this "The Open" stuff? I thought it was the British Open.

    What you call it has historically depended on where you were. If you were in the U.S., you called it the British Open, just as Europeans refer to the PGA Championship as the U.S. PGA. Outside the U.S. it generally has been referred to as The Open Championship. The preferred name of the organizers is The Open.

    How old is it?

    It's the oldest golf championship, dating back to 1860.

    Where is it played?

    There is a rotation – or "rota" – of courses used. Currently there are 10: Royal Birkdale, Royal St. George's, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham and St. Annes, all in England; Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland and St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Royal Troon, Turnberry and Muirfield, all in Scotland. Muirfield was removed from the rota in 2016 when members voted against allowing female members, but when the vote was reversed in 2017 it was allowed back in.

    Where will it be played this year?

    At Carnoustie, which is located on the south-eastern shore of Scotland.

    Who has won The Open on that course?

    Going back to the first time Carnoustie hosted, in 1931, winners there have been Tommy Armour, Henry Cotton (1937), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968), Tom Watson (1975), Paul Lawrie (1999), Padraig Harrington (2007).

    Wasn't that the year Hogan nearly won the Slam?

    Yep. He had won the Masters and U.S. Open that season, then traveled to Carnoustie and won that as well. It was the only time he ever played The Open. He was unable to play the PGA Championship that season because the dates conflicted with those of The Open.

    Jean Van de Velde's name should be on that list, right?

    This is true. He had a three-shot lead on the final hole in 1999 and made triple bogey. He lost in a playoff to Lawrie, which also included Justin Leonard.

    Who has won this event the most?

    Harry Vardon, who was from the Channel Island of Jersey, won a record six times between 1896 and 1914. Australian Peter Thomson, American Watson, Scot James Braid and Englishman J.H. Taylor each won five times.

    What about the Morrises?

    Tom Sr. won four times between 1861 and 1867. His son, Tom Jr., also won four times, between 1868 and 1872.

    Have players from any particular country dominated?

    In the early days, Scots won the first 29 Opens – not a shocker since they were all played at one of three Scottish courses, Prestwick, St. Andrews and Musselburgh. In the current era, going back to 1999 (we'll explain why that year in a minute), the scoreboard is United States, nine wins; South Africa, three wins; Ireland, two wins; Northern Ireland, two wins; and Sweden, one win. The only Scot to win in that period was Lawrie, who took advantage of one of the biggest collapses in golf history.

    Who is this year's defending champion?

    That would be American Jordan Spieth, who survived an adventerous final round to defeat Matt Kuchar by three strokes and earn the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

    What is the trophy called?

    The claret jug. It's official name is the Golf Champion Trophy, but you rarely hear that used. The claret jug replaced the original Challenge Belt in 1872. The winner of the claret jug gets to keep it for a year, then must return it (each winner gets a replica to keep).

    Which Opens have been the most memorable?

    Well, there was Palmer in 1961and '62; Van de Velde's collapse in 1999; Hogan's win in 1953; Tiger Woods' eight-shot domination of the 2000 Open at St. Andrews; Watson almost winning at age 59 in 2009; Doug Sanders missing what would have been a winning 3-foot putt at St. Andrews in 1970; Tony Jacklin becoming the first Briton to win the championship in 18 years; and, of course, the Duel in the Sun at Turnberry in 1977, in which Watson and Jack Nicklaus dueled head-to-head over the final 36 holes, Watson winning by shooting 65-65 to Nicklaus' 65-66.

    When I watch this tournament on TV, I hear lots of unfamiliar terms, like "gorse" and "whin" and "burn." What do these terms mean?

    Gorse is a prickly shrub, which sometimes is referred to as whin. Heather is also a shrub. What the scots call a burn, would also be considered a creek or stream.

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    Four players vying for DJ's No. 1 ranking at Open

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 18, 2018, 8:41 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Four players have an opportunity to overtake Dustin Johnson for world No. 1 this week.

    According to Golf Channel world-rankings guru Alan Robinson, Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm each can grab the top spot in the world ranking.

    Thomas’ path is the easiest. He would return to No. 1 with either a win and Johnson finishing worse than solo third, or even a solo runner-up finish as long as Johnson finishes worse than 49th.


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    Twenty years after his auspicious performance in The Open, Rose can get to No. 1 for the first time with a victory and Johnson finishing worse than a two-way tie for third.

    Kopeka can rise to No. 1 if he wins consecutive majors, assuming that his good friend posts worse than a three-way tie for third.

    And Rahm can claim the top spot with a win this week, a Johnson missed cut and a Thomas finish of worse than solo second.   

    Johnson’s 15-month reign as world No. 1 ended after The Players. He wasn’t behind Thomas for long, however: After a tie for eighth at the Memorial, Johnson blew away the field in Memphis and then finished third at the U.S. Open to solidify his position at the top.