Notes Silly season cash Tiger and Phils common bond

By Associated PressDecember 23, 2008, 5:00 pm
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. ' Hunter Mahan played 27 times on the PGA Tour this year and earned just over $2.2 million. He nearly made that much money playing just twice during the silly season.
Mahan wont get a trophy or official recognition, but he won the money title during the 2008 silly season with $1.995 million. Mahan won the Kiwi Challenge, then tied for third in the Chevron World Challenge. Thats enough money in two tournaments to have finished 39th on the PGA Tour money list.
Vijay Singh played twice and finish second with $1.399 million, all but $49,000 of that coming from his victory in the Chevron (the rest came from the Father-Son Challenge).
They were the only two players to top $1 million after the PGA Tour season ended, but dont pass the hat for the rest of them. Nine players made at least $600,000. That included Steve Stricker, whose biggest paycheck this year ($840,000) came from his runner-up finish at Sherwood Country Club.
Rocco Mediate played more than anyone in the silly season, earning $415,834 in four events.
TEEING IT UP: PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem has asked players to consider adding a tournament or two to their schedules. Perhaps hes trying to lead by example.
Im going from zero to one, he said, confirming he plans to play in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Hunter Mahan spilled the beans by saying Finchem would be his amateur partner. Instead, theyll be in the same foursome. Finchem said he would be playing with Davis Love III, with the other amateur in the group AT&T chairman Randall Stephenson.
The chairman and CEO of AT&T asked me to play, and I do believe I said, Yes, sir, Finchem said.
Finchem said his handicap index is 6.3.
NAME CALLING: One thing Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson now have in common is that both have been called the same derogatory word in public ' Mickelson by Woods caddie at a charity dinner in New Zealand, Woods by himself after hooking his tee shot into the ocean on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach during the 2000 U.S. Open.
MARRIED MAN: Paul Casey sure found a peculiar place to spend his honeymoon.
Casey finally married his longtime girlfriend, Jocelyn, on Sunday before the Chevron World Challenge. So he played golf the week after his wedding, but host Tiger Woods gave him quite a wedding present ' $200,000 for Caseys 11th-place finish.
Casey said a proper honeymoon is planned later next year. He wants to go on a safari in South Africa, and has been told that spring (September) is the best time.
The Englishman is coming up on the two-year anniversary of his last victory, in the Abu Dhabi Championship. He wonders if he spent so much time obsessing about majors that he didnt prepare properly for other tournaments.
I maybe fell victim to that on a couple of events, he said. My brain was very much geared toward whats coming up in two weeks time, or what happened last week. Its a learning process. But I cant take too long. Im 31. And Im married.
TIGER DATES: No one in the Tiger Woods camp is particularly happy about the dates of his charity event. The Chevron World Challenge ended four days before Christmas, and it followed tournaments in South Africa and Australia that kept away top-ranked players.
While it was an elite field, it featured only two of the top 10 in the world ranking.
The first week in December would be great, Woods said. The date after the Skins Games would be the ideal date.
That would make sense on the calendar ' the Skins Game over Thanksgiving weekend, another California event, then head east to Florida for the Father-Son Challenge and the Merrill Lynch Shootout hosted by Greg Norman.
For now, there appears to be too many moving parts.
Weve still got to work things out, see what kind of TV contracts they have, Woods said. Well see what happens.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem would only say he is looking into it.
LIFE MEMBERSHIP: Davis Love III won 20 times to earn lifetime membership on the PGA Tour. Trevor Immelman won the Masters to get the same courtesy in Europe.
Immelman became the fourth South African to be awarded honorary life membership on the European Tour because of his Masters victory, joining Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Gary Player. Chief executive George OGrady said such membership is for players who have won majors or contributed significantly to the European Tour ' or in Immelmans case, both.
Immelman first won on the Challenge Tour before capturing four titles on the European Tour schedule, including his two-shot victory over Tiger Woods at Augusta National.
I grew up here in South Africa watching professional golf, watching the European Tour, listening to Renton Laidlaw commentate about Seve and Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam and all those guys, Immelman said. So for me to join them and become an honorary life member of the European Tour is something thats just extremely special for me.
DIVOTS: PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem was at Sherwood Country Club for the first time since 1994, this time under much happier circumstances. Along with a few meetings, he had lunch with Tiger Woods. The last time he was there was for the Shark Shootout, when Greg Norman introduced plans for a world tour, which the tour eventually squashed. Davis Love III put the state of the PGA Tour into perspective with the financial crisis. Our purses will go up next year. Were going to get a pay raise. And thats pretty good in this economy, he said. Boo Weekley keeps it simple, but hes brighter than he lets on. Walking off the range at the Chevron World Challenge on Saturday, a fan called out, Cmon, Boo. Get your name up there on the leaderboard. To which Weekley replied, It already is. There aint but 12 of us. There were 16 players, but you get the point.
STAT OF THE WEEK: Tiger Woods (No. 1) and Phil Mickelson (No. 3) will be the only Americans among the top 10 in the world ranking at the end of this year. Thats the fewest Americans in the top 10 since 1995 with Corey Pavin (No. 5) and Fred Couples (No. 7).
FINAL WORD: That puts me at eight or nine. Tiger Woods, who played six PGA Tour events this year because of knee surgery, on commissioner Tim Finchems request that players add two or three tournaments to their schedule.
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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 9:00 am

Tiger Woods shot his second consecutive 70 on Friday at Carnoustie and enters weekend play at even par for the championship, still in contention for major No. 15.

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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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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.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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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