Notes Tiger Gives TOUR a Plug Couples Caddie

By Associated PressFebruary 28, 2007, 5:00 pm
Tiger Woods has bounced a golf ball off his wedge -- behind his back and through his legs -- in a spontaneous ad for Nike. He played the role of Carl Spackler from 'Caddyshack' in a commercial for American Express. And in his latest TV ad for Buick, Woods tackles a guy trying to make off with his golf clubs.
A television commercial that won't be shown until this summer will be memorable in at least one aspect -- it's his first public service announcement for the PGA TOUR.
While at home in Florida two weeks ago, Woods did three spots for the PGA TOUR. One of them was a voiceover, and the other two were scripted roles promoting the FedExCup.
'Clearly, having Tiger do these spots is a very nice element of the campaign,' TOUR spokesman Ty Votaw said. 'It's always good to have your No. 1 player participate in these things. He's someone who resonates with our fans, and to see him in this kind of context is something the fans will enjoy.'
PGA TOUR commercials are among the best in sports. Some of the memorable spots over the years included David Duval knocking over a range cart with his tee shot, Chad Campbell raking a sand box while playing with kids, and Ernie Els teaching math by asking children to add a scorecard (yes, that was his daughter who gave the answer, '3 under par').
Until now, none had featured the most famous face in the game.
Mark Steinberg at IMG said PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem approached him late last year and they found a spot in Woods' schedule -- coincidentally, it was the week of the Nissan Open, which Woods skipped for only the second time in his career.
'Tiger is helpful when he can be,' Steinberg said. 'We found a way to fit it into his schedule.'
The timing is helpful on a couple of fronts.
With the tour tirelessly promoting the new FedExCup, it can only help having the world's best player in its corner. And it should squash speculation over the last few weeks -- emanating from Britain -- that Woods is at odds with Finchem and could give up his tour membership.
Woods was genuinely surprised last week when a British broadcaster questioned his relationship with Finchem.
'We talk about once a week, so I don't where that comes from,' Woods said.
The nature of the PSAs remain a mystery. Votaw would only say that the commercials probably would not air until after the U.S. Open.
'Without giving it away, there's some aspect of a figurine of Tiger as a mascot that plays into it,' he said.
The caddie for Fred Couples put his foot in his mouth -- then used his foot to save face.
It started last summer when Joe LaCava was stuck watching the World Cup during a storm delay, and he saw England score only one penalty kick in a loss to Portugal.
'I said, 'This is the biggest event you have and you're deciding this in a shootout? Hockey would never do that,'' LaCava said. 'I said, 'Geez, I could score a goal from there.''
One of his friends in the clubhouse, Devon Baransky of Merrill Lynch, held him to his word.
In a gentleman's bet that took six months to unfold, Baransky arranged for LaCava to get a 15-minute soccer lesson, then booked a field near Bel-Air Country Club during the Nissan Open. He hired Ian Feuer, who had spent 10 years playing in Europe, to be the goalie.
'I had never kicked a soccer ball in my life,' LaCava said.
Now, this wasn't the World Cup with 90,000 screaming fans with paint on their faces. About 40 people showed up to see LaCava, decked in soccer gear with a gold cleat. To win the bet, he had to make one kick in five tries.

He wound up with eight attempts, but all that mattered was the first one.
'I hit it as hard as I could,' LaCava said. 'The goalie said to me, 'No disrespect, but you don't have any tendencies. I can't read you because I don't think you know what it's going to do.' And he was right. I tried to hook it and I pushed it. He went the wrong way.'
The PGA TOUR made it official Tuesday by saying the Presidents Cup would go to Harding Park in 2009, pending approval by San Francisco city officials.
The public course along Lake Merced also will get the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup on the Champions Tour in 2010 and 2011, a FedExCup 'playoffs' event in 2013 or 2014; and either a playoff event, Presidents Cup or World Golf Championship between 2014-19.
With his victory in Mexico, Fred Funk surpassed $20 million in career earnings. Not bad for a former golf coach at Maryland. ... During his 11-1 record at the Accenture Match Play Championship, the highest seed Geoff Ogilvy has faced is Henrik Stenson at No. 9. ... Here's how much the golf scene has changed in nine years of the World Golf Championships. In the first year of match play, there were 39 Americans and 11 Europeans in the 64-man field. This year, there were 23 Americans and 19 Europeans.
Nick O'Hern has lost to the eventual winner of the Accenture Match Play Championship in three of the four years he has played.
'It's very flattering that no matter what the reference, every time you pick up a newspaper and you talk about what he's doing, I'm mentioned. Because I'm sort of his standard.' -- Jack Nicklaus, on comparisons with Tiger Woods.
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Watch: Na punctuates caddie tiff with hole-out

Microphones captured a fascinating and testy exchange between Kevin Na and his caddie, Kenny Harms, on Na's final hole, No. 9.

Na was in the right rough, 185 yards from the green, which was guarded by water. He vacillated between a hybrid and an iron, but with either club he would have to hit "a 40-yard cut," as Harms termed it.

"Over the green's dead," Harms warned.

"It's not gonna go over the green, Kenny," Na replied.

Na finally settled on an iron and said to Harms, "As long as you're OK with this club."

"I'm not," harms replied. "I'm not OK with either one of them."

"I'm going with this," Na ended the discussion.

He missed the green with his approach shot, but avoided the water. After taking a free drop away from some TV cables, he had 92 feet 3 inches to the cup and of course, holed the pitch shot for a birdie-3, a 62 and a one-shot lead at the end of the first round.

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Na (62) leads Hoffman by one at Colonial

By Nick MentaMay 24, 2018, 10:38 pm

Kevin Na leads the Fort Worth Invitational by one over Charley Hoffman following a first-round 8-under 62. Here's where things stand through 18 holes at Colonial.

Leaderboard: Na (-8), Hoffman (-7), Emiliano Grillo (-6), Jhonattan Vegas (-6), Andrew Putnam (-6), Beau Hossler (-6)

What it means: The veteran Na is in search of just his second PGA Tour victory in 367 events played. The 34-year-old's lone victory came at the 2011 Shriners to go along with nine runner-ups, the most recent of which was a tie for second at this year's Genesis Open. Na missed three straight cuts in April but has rallied back with a weekend stay at The Players and a T-6 at last week's Byron Nelson. Ranked 75th in the world, he is not currently qualified for the U.S. Open or the Open Championship. 

Round of the day: Na turned in a clean card Thursday with six birdies and an eagle at the par-5 first, his 10th hole of the day. He closed with a chip-in birdie at No. 9 following a friendly disagreement with his caddie (more on that below). 

Best of the rest: Hoffman was likewise bogey-free, drawing seven circles. The four-time Tour winner and typically steady performer has yet to register a top-10 finish this season.

Biggest disappointment: Not that a round of 1 under is tragically disappointing, but Jordan Spieth has a pretty solid history of going low at this event and contending for the title. He's seven back through Round 1.

Shot of the day: Satoshi Kodaira recorded the second albatross in tournament history when he holed a 3-iron from 234 yards at the first.

Honorable mention: Na got into a pretty good back-and-forth with his caddie about whether to lay up or try to clear the water from the right rough at No. 9. Na went for it, avoided hazard, and holed this chip for birdie. 

Quote of the day: "I told you." - Na, after his chip-in

Golf Channel's NCAA Golf Coverage Continues Mon-Wed., May 28-30 With the NCAA Men's Golf Championships

By Golf Channel Public RelationsMay 24, 2018, 10:24 pm

Two National Championships to be Decided Over a Three-Day Span – Individual (Mon., May 28) and Team (Wed., May 30)

 Eight of the Top-10 Ranked Programs in the Country Set to Compete; Reigning NCAA Men’s National Champions Oklahoma and Current Top-Ranked Oklahoma State Paired Together Starting Friday

 Buick and Stifel Co-Presenting Sponsors of Golf Channel’s Coverage of the NCAA Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships

ORLANDO, Fla., May 24, 2018 – Coming on the heels of Wednesday’s dramatic championship match where Arizona defeated Alabama in a playoff to claim their third women’s golf team national championship, Golf Channel returns to Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. next week for the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf National Championships. Taking place Monday-Wednesday, May 28-30, Golf Channel’s coverage will feature nearly 30 hours of live tournament and on-site wraparound news coverage, showcasing the top men’s college golf programs in the country.

NCAA Men’s Golf Championships Coverage: Coverage begins on Monday, May 28 to crown the individual national champion and to track the teams attempting to qualify for the eight-team match play championship. Golf Channel’s coverage on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 29-30 will include all three rounds of the team match play, ultimately crowning a team national champion.

In addition, Golf Central will surround live tournament action with pre-and post-event news coverage produced on-site at Karsten Creek Golf Club, as well as daily news updates on Morning Drive and online via Golf Channel Digital. News and tournament coverage also will be live streamed on Golf Channel Digital. College Central, Golf Channel’s online home for college golf, will provide comprehensive editorial coverage throughout the championships.

Golf Channel NCAA Men’s Golf Championships Coverage (all times ET)

Monday, May   28

Individual   National Championship

4-8 p.m.   (Live)

Tuesday, May   29

Quarterfinals,   Team Match Play

11   a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)

Tuesday,   May 29

Semifinals,   Team Match Play

4-8 p.m.   (Live)

Wednesday, May   30

Team Match   Play National Championship

4-8 p.m.   (Live)

Stifel and Buick Sign on as Co-Presenting Sponsors for Golf Channel’s NCAA Golf Championships Tournament Coverage: New for 2018, Stifel Financial Corp. and Buick have signed on as co-presenting sponsors for Golf Channel’s tournament coverage of the 2018 NCAA Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships. In addition, Stifel has extended its partnership with the Fred Haskins Commission, Golf Channel and Golfweek as presenting sponsor of the Fred Haskins Award, given annually to nation’s outstanding male collegiate golfer.Golf Channel will announce the Fred Haskins Award presented by Stifel following the conclusion of the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships, on a live edition of Golf Central, Wednesday, June 6 at 6 p.m. ET. The show will include profiles on the top candidates for the award and a live interview with the winner, who also will receive an exemption to compete in the 2018 Greenbrier Classic on the PGA TOUR. The Haskins Award honors the nation’s most outstanding male Division I collegiate golfer as selected by his peers, coaches and the golf media.

Semifinal Teams in Match Play to Receive Invitations to Compete in East Lake Cup: The East Lake Cup, taking place in late October at historic East Lake Golf Club, will feature the top-performing teams from the 2018 NCAA Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships. Invitations for the field have been extended to Arizona, Alabama, Southern California and Stanford – semifinalists in the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships, and also will be extended to the semifinalists in the Men’s Championships. Modeled after the NCAA Golf Championships, the format for the East Lake Cup consists of an opening round of stroke play to crown an individual male and female champion and determine seeding for the following two days of match play competition. Golf Channel will air live coverage of the East Lake Cup Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 29-31.

College Central – Golf Channel Digital Coverage: Golf Channel will provide comprehensive coverage via College Central,Golf Channel Digital’s home for college golf. Led by Jay Coffin, and Ryan Lavner, College Central will be the source for all things college golf, including tournament results and scores, features and columns, video highlights and breaking news.

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Country singer Owen shoots 86 in debut

By Will GrayMay 24, 2018, 7:51 pm

Country music star Jake Owen struggled in his Tour debut, shooting a 14-over 86 in the opening round of the Nashville Golf Open.

Owen, who played as a 1 handicap earlier this year while teaming with Jordan Spieth at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, put three balls out of bounds over his first nine holes, including two en route to a quadruple-bogey 9 on the par-5 18th hole. After making the turn in 46, Owen came home in 40 without making a single birdie.

Owen is playing as an amateur on an unrestricted sponsor exemption, the same type used by NBA superstar Steph Curry on the Tour last year and by former NFL quarterback Tony Romo this year on the PGA Tour. Curry missed the cut after rounds of 74-74 at the Ellie Mae Classic, while Romo shot 77-82 at the Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship.

Full-field scores from the Nashville Golf Open

Owen tallied nine pars, six bogeys, two doubles and a quad in his opener and was the only player from the morning wave who failed to break 80. The closest player to him in the standings was two-time major champ Angel Cabrera, who opened with a 79.

While Owen struggled against a field full of professionals, he took the setback in stride and even took to Twitter in the middle of his round to fire back at some of his online critics: