Notes Taut Torrey Pines Inksters Streak

By Associated PressApril 29, 2008, 4:00 pm
Torrey Pines will be listed at 7,643 yards, making it the longest course in major championship history. But what gets Mike Davis excited is the potential for the shortest par 3 at a U.S. Open in eight years.
The third hole will measure 195 yards on the card, about the same distance used in the Buick Invitational. With the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop, it typically requires a long or medium iron down the hill into a breeze to a green that is protected by a bunker in the front. Anything long or left falls off the cliffs into a hazard.
Davis, senior director of rules and competition for the USGA, stumbled across a tee from 142 yards that might be even tougher.
It not only sits at a different angle, it sits up in the air even higher, Davis said. It should be dead into the wind. That puts them up in the air with a wedge shot, dead into the wind.
Davis said it reminded him of No. 7 at Pebble Beach, which is 107 yards and among the most famous holes in golf. Even though its barely a sand wedge, it can be a brute for even the best players trying to get the right distance and trajectory.
We plan to use it a couple of days, Davis said of the forward tee at Torrey Pines. And when we go up, well be more aggressive with the hole location. Its not going to be a real easy hole with a wind into you.
The toughest hole locations will be front left (just over the bunker) and back left, where anything long will go into the hazard.
That might not be the only hole with a forward tee.
Even though the course will be the longest in history, Davis said it probably never will play its full 7,643 yards. The par-5 13th hole has three tees that make it play either 614, 599 or 539 yards.
One change to the 13th is a short cut of rough to the right.
The fear of playing that hole at 614 yards is an unexpected shift in wind, which could leave players with a 250-yard carry into the wind just to reach the fairway. Davis said there is a short cut of rough to the right for such situations, meaning players would only have to hit it 220 yards to at least have a chance at the second shot.
Juli Inkster has not missed an LPGA major since the 1994 Kraft Nabisco Championship, and she was absent for that one for good reason. She was pregnant with her second daughter, Cori, giving birth the same day as the first round.
That was 56 majors ago, a streak that is about to end.
Inkster, a Hall of Famer with seven major championships, said Tuesday she will skip the McDonalds LPGA Championship next month, again on account of her youngest daughter. Cori is graduating from the eighth grade, and Mom doesnt want to miss it.
You only graduate once, right? Inkster said.
Of lesser note is the Corning Classic, which Inkster will skip because her oldest daughter, Hayley, is graduating from high school.
The best part for Andy North at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf was spending the week with good friend Tom Watson, having dinner with families and hitting a few good golf shots. Getting into the hunt was fun. Winning made it even better.
And dont overlook the payoff.
The two-time U.S. Open champion earned $225,000, his largest check at an official tournament in four decades of golf.
I was fully exempt for 23 years, and that was more than I made in any one year, North said with a chuckle. His biggest financial year on the PGA Tour was in 1985, the year he captured his second U.S. Open, when he earned $212,267.
Norths career was interrupted by nearly a dozen surgeries, and his body wont allow him to play more than a few times a year on the Champions Tour, or even consider abandoning his work as a TV analyst to try.
But there was one perk that came with the team event last week: it made him eligible for the MasterCard Championship next year in Hawaii, which kicks off the Champions Tour event.
Thats the first thing (wife) Susan said to me when we finished, he said.
Ryan Moore came close to ending an obscure drought. It has been five years since a USGA champion has gone on to win on the PGA Tour, dating to Brandt Snedeker, who won the U.S. Amateur Public Links in 2003.
Moore had the most celebrated amateur career this side of Tiger Woods, sweeping the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Amateur Public Links and NCAA title in 2004. Then he managed to earn his card without having to go through Q-school. But it has been a slow road since he turned pro, most of that brought on by a series of injuries.
Even so, there hasnt been much success from prominent amateurs who turn pro. Since Woods completed his amateur career with an NCAA title and his record third straight U.S. Amateur title in the summer of 1996, only six USGA champions and three NCAA champions have won on the PGA Tour.
The USGA champions were Snedeker, Matt Kuchar (97 U.S. Amateur), David Gossett (99 U.S. Amateur), Hunter Mahan (99 U.S. Junior Amateur), D.J. Trahan (01 Public Links) and Trevor Immelman (98 Public Links). The three NCAA winners were Troy Matteson (2002), Charles Howell III (2000) and Luke Donald (1999).
Meg Mallon crossed the $9 million mark in career earnings on the LPGA Tour last week in Florida, while Wendy Ward went past $4 million. The LPGA Tour decided to combine the good news.
With a combined total of 22 LPGA Tour victories between them, the statement began.
Mallon has 18 victories, including four major championship. Ward has won four times.
Thats like saying Joe Montana and Steve Young combined to lead the San Francisco 49ers to five Super Bowl victories.
Tiger Woods is not at the Wachovia Championship while he recovers from knee surgery, only the third time he has not defended a title on the PGA Tour. He missed the Buick Open last year after his daughter was born, and he did not return to the 1999 BellSouth Classic when it was moved to the week before the Masters. Adam Scott became the seventh player in his 20s to win on the PGA Tour this year, equaling the number that won in all of 2007. The others are D.J. Trahan, J.B. Holmes, Sean OHair, Andres Romero, Johnson Wagner, and Trevor Immelman.
Lorena Ochoa has won five times in 2008 by a combined 37 shots. A year ago on the LPGA Tour, she won eight times by a combined 23 shots.
Hes a good player. Obviously, when hes not playing football, he spends a little bit of time playing golf, which is probably good'better than doing some of the other things a lot of those guys do.'Scott Verplank after playing a pro-am round with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
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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.

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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