Notes Tough Draw For Walker Cup

By Associated PressDecember 8, 2004, 5:00 pm
The USGA doesnt need to spend much time or money promoting the Walker Cup next year because odds are not many will care.
The Walker Cup will be played outside Chicago on Aug. 13-14 -- the same weekend as the PGA Championship at Baltusrol in New Jersey.
USGA executive director David Fay said officials never bothered to check when the fourth major was being played, and it might not have mattered. Moving the Walker Cup up one week makes it back-to-back with the U.S. Amateur. To move it back a week would conflict with the U.S. Womens Amateur.
Great Britain & Ireland has won the Walker Cup the last three times.
Europe won the Ryder Cup three straight times -- 1985-89 -- and it made the 91 matches at Kiawah Island one of the biggest golf events of the year.
Then again, the Walker Cup doesnt get a lot of attention even when its not up against a major.
I wish more people were complaining about it, Fay said.
That would mean its stature is elevated.
Paula Creamer was not eligible for the $6,000 check by winning the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament because she competed as an amateur, turning pro only after she completed her five-shot victory.
However, she was eligible to get a perk that goes to the winner - one round-trip ticket anywhere in the continental United States on American Airlines. Excuse the 18-year-old if she doesnt get too excited.
Her father, Paul, is a pilot for American Airlines. Creamer has pretty much been flying free her whole life.
Todd Hamilton is the British Open champion and possibly the answer to a trivia question.
Who was the oldest player to ever win PGA Tour rookie of the year?
Hamilton, 39, won the award based on his major championship and winning the Honda Classic. While he has been a professional for 17 years, he had spent the last dozen seasons toiling on Asian tours.
Still, he wont apologize for the award, nor should be. Hamilton earned his PGA Tour card for the first time by making it through Q-school.
A lot of these courses I had never seen before, Hamilton said. And if I wasnt in the pro-am, I only had one chance to play the course in a practice round.
The second-oldest rookie of the year since the award began in 1990 was Carlos Franco, who earned his PGA Tour card at Q-school in 1998, then played in the Presidents Cup before starting his rookie season.
Karrie Webb only has to play 15 tournaments next year to qualify for the World Golf Hall of Fame. She earned the required 27 points on the LPGA Tour four years ago, and now lacks only 10 years on tour.
She already is thinking ahead, mostly to make sure her longtime Aussie swing coach, Kelvin Haller, can make it to Florida. He was paralyzed long ago, and Webb said it will be quite a process to get him over.
As for the person who presents her?
Considering it has to be a current member in the Hall of Fame, dont rule out another famous Australian.
I think it would be pretty cool that I grew up looking up to Greg Norman, Webb said.
Webb won a junior tournament in Australia as a 17-year-old, and among the rewards was spending a week with Norman in his Florida home and following his workout and practice routine.
I couldnt even believe I was meeting Greg Norman and staying at his house, she said. To have him present would be pretty special. But well see what happens. I dont even know what date it is next year, if Greg is going to be around or anything like that.
Peter Lonard will be trying to become the first player to win the Australian Triple Crown'the Australian Open, Australia PGA Championship and Australian Masters'in the same year. The Australian Masters is being held this week at Huntingdale in Melbourne, when Lonard won his first Australasian Tour event in 1997. ... Nancy Scranton gave birth to twins last week'Libby Jane and Luke, born Dec. 2. ... Among those who earned their PGA Tour cards Monday at PGA West was Sean OHair, a 22-year-old who turned pro five years ago before finishing high school.
Arnold Palmer has won $183,000 in two silly-season events this year. Thats just $1,065 short of his best year ever on the PGA Tour in 1967.
It was a lot more fun when it felt like I was winning every three or four tournaments.'Tiger Woods, on the increased competition on the PGA Tour.
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Woods: New putter should help on slower greens

By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:35 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods’ ice-cold putting showed at least a few signs of heating up earlier this month at The National, where he switched putters and ranked seventh in the field on the greens.

The mallet-style putter is still in the bag as Woods prepares for The Open, and he’s hoping the heavier model with grooves will prove valuable at Carnoustie.

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“To be honest with you, I’ve struggled on slower greens throughout my entire career,” Woods said Tuesday. “So for me, it’s going to help on these greens, for sure.”

To combat the slower greens, Woods usually applied a strip of lead tape to his putter. But this heavier model of putter doesn’t need the extra weight, and the grooves on the putter face allow the ball to get rolling faster and hotter.

“You don’t necessarily have to do that with the grooves,” he said of the lead tape. “When I putted with the Nike putter, I didn’t have to put lead tape on the putter to get a little more weight to it. I could just leave it just the way it was. This is the same type.”  

For all of the talk about his putting woes this season, Woods still ranks 56th in strokes gained: putting. More crucial this week: He’s 102nd in approach putt performance, which quantifies how well a player lag putts.

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Woods: Open best chance for long-term major success

By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:26 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods is more than a decade removed from his last major title, but he said Tuesday that The Open is the major that gives him the best chance for long-term success.

“I would say yes, because of the fact that you don’t have to be long to play on a links-style golf course,” Woods said during his pre-tournament news conference. “It certainly can be done.”

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Woods pointed to the late-career success for both Greg Norman (2008) and Tom Watson (2009), both of whom challenged for the claret jug deep into their 50s.

“Distance becomes a moot point on a links-style golf course,” he said.

That’s certainly not the case, however, at the Masters, where bombers long have thrived, or the U.S. Open, which places a premium on long and straight driving.

“You get to places like Augusta National, which is just a big ballpark, and the golf course outgrows you, unfortunately,” he said. “But links-style courses, you can roll the ball. I hit a 3-iron that went down there 330. Even if I get a little bit older, I can still chase some wood or long club down there and hit the ball the same distance.”

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"Vantage Point with Mike Tirico" set to debut Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 17, 2018, 10:15 am

Special Hour Complementing the Network’s Week-Long Golf Central Live From The Open News Coverage; Premiere Scheduled to Include Interview with 2014 Open Runner-Up Rickie Fowler On-Site from Carnoustie

Features Include Tirico and Curtis Strange Re-watching ’99 Open at Carnoustie & Jim “Bones” Mackay Facilitating Exclusive Conversation with Caddies Michael Greller, John Wood Recounting Final Round Pairing at 2017 Open

To help set the table ahead of The 147TH Open at Carnoustie, Golf Channel will premiere Vantage Point with Mike Tirico on Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET. An extension of the network’s week-long Golf Central Live From The Open comprehensive news coverage, Vantage Point will revisit landmark moments in The Open’s history, uncover personal stories relevant to the fabric of the week and feature a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year” on golf’s original championship.

“It’s a thrill to be going back to The Open again this year, which is a fitting setting to launch this new opportunity,” said Tirico, NBC Sports host who this week will celebrate his 22nd consecutive year covering The Open. “I love being a part of the Golf Channel team during golf’s biggest weeks, and anticipate contributing to our commitment to great storytelling with Vantage Point.”

Kicking off the premiere of Vantage Point will be Tirico’s exclusive interview with 2014 Open runner-up and 2015 PLAYERS champion Rickie Fowler on-site from Carnoustie. One of Fowler’s favorite events, he has missed just one cut in eight previous appearances at The Open. Other highlights within the show include:

  • Jim “Bones” Mackay facilitating an exclusive conversation between caddies Michael Greller (Jordan Spieth) and John Wood (Matt Kuchar) recounting the final round pairing at The Open last July.
  • Tirico hosting a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year”: David Duval, Tom Lehman and Justin Leonard.
  • A recollection of one of the most unforgettable collapses in major championship golf, when Jean van de Velde surrendered a three-shot lead on the 72nd hole in 1999 at The Open. Tirico and Curtis Strange – both on the live tournament broadcast that year for ABC/ESPN – recently re-watched the telecast together for the first time since calling it live.


“This is harder to watch than I thought it was going to be. I’ve never seen anything like

that in my life. I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like that again.” – Curtis Strange


“I think I got caught up in the whole deal and felt human for the guy.” – Mike Tirico


Vantage Point with Mike Tirico will complement the network’s Golf Central Live From The Open, which will feature nearly 60 hours of comprehensive news coverage from Carnoustie. In total, NBC Sports will dedicate more than 350 hours to showcasing the third men’s major championship of the year, including nearly 50 live hours of the network’s Emmy-nominated tournament coverage – annually the most live hours of coverage from any golf event – spanning from Thursday’s opening tee shot to Sunday’s final putt.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 2018, 8:40 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  

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 (