Notes A Treat for Oberholser Local Knowledge

By Associated PressApril 3, 2006, 4:00 pm
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Arron Oberholser was in no rush Monday as leaned against his locker, soaking up the atmosphere of Augusta National. This is his first Masters, an invitation made possible by his inaugural PGA Tour victory at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
'This is unlike any tournament I've been to in my life,' he gushed. 'Everything is understated. Nothing is grandiose. You're not treated like you're bigger than you are. They treat this like a golf tournament.'
Making this week even sweeter is his guest list.
Joining him at his Masters debut is his 84-year-old grandfather, Bill Oberholser.
'He has been watching this on television ever since television was invented,' Oberholser said. 'He's here for the first time, and it's a big thrill for him. And it's a big thrill for me, being able to provide that.'
Charles Howell III knows what to expect at Augusta National, and not because he grew up 5 miles away.
Once a player becomes eligible for the Masters, he can play the course with a member before the tournament. Howell qualified by finishing in the top 40 on the PGA Tour money list last year, and he has been a regular since November.
'I played four times over Thanksgiving. Over Christmas, I played seven or eight more,' he said Monday. 'I may be the reason that rule gets revoked for everybody.'
Howell's caddie is Jimmie Johnson, who previously worked for Nick Price. And Howell usually has a local caddie when he plays, trying to learn the nuances of a course that is loaded with them.
'They always seem to know something,' Howell said. 'They always show me a new putt or two. You can't explain it with grain, you can't explain it with break, you can't explain it with slope. Balls out here just do things that they can't do.'
Augusta National continues to buy up land around the club to accommodate a world-class practice facility and create parking lots for those who come to the Masters.
Golf World magazine studied real estate records and reported in this week's issue that the club has purchased 53 lots for $22.9 million since 1999. It said the driving range could be open by 2011. The current range is only 250 yards long, and the club has tried to keep tee shots off Washington Road by erecting a net 100 feet high at the back end of the range.
The club's plans for a new practice facility was stalled in 2003 when Martha Burk protested the lack of female members at the private club, and Masters chairman Hootie Johnson responded by dropping television sponsors for two years.
But everything is back on schedule for an expansion plan that will increase Augusta National's total land area by more than 60 acres.
How has the club been able to buy so much land?
According to the magazine, Limited Liability Corporations linked to club members are making the purchase. Golf World said the buyers offered the opportunity for sellers to stay in the home for two years without rent, and they would get two lifetime tickets to the Masters. Now, the magazine said, the LLCs are offering one year of free rent and two lifetime tickets.
For the first time, those watching the Masters on the Web can see every player take on Amen corner.
Visitors to 'Amen Corner Live' on will be able to see live action before the start of each day's television broadcast. The Webcast times will be 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
'The importance and use of the Internet continues to grow, and we think this is another service to our patrons,' club chairman Hootie Johnson said. 'The ability to see live action at Amen Corner is something very special.'
In previous years, the Masters' Web site has provide live coverage of the par-3 sixth and 12th holes, but only during practice rounds.
The fairways at the Masters will be mowed at three-eighths of an inch, while the rough will be 1 3-8s of an inch. The Masters does not disclose how fast the greens will run on the Stimpmeter ... Steve Elkington withdrew with a groin injury. The Masters does not have an alternate's list, meaning the field is 90 players.
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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 10:15 am

    Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.

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    McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

    By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

    McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

    But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

    Said Harmon:

    “Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.

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    “He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

    “This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

    McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

    “Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

    McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.

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    How The Open cut line is determined

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:57 am

    Scores on Day 1 of the 147th Open Championship ranged from 5-under 66 to 11-over 82.

    The field of 156 players will be cut nearly in half for weekend play at Carnoustie. Here’s how the cut line works in the season’s third major championship:

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    • After 36 holes, the low 70 players and ties will advance to compete in the final two rounds. Anyone finishing worse than that will get the boot. Only those making the cut earn official money from the $10.5 million purse.

    • There is no 10-shot rule. That rule means anyone within 10 shots of the lead after two rounds, regardless of where they stand in the championship, make the cut. It’s just a flat top 70 finishers and ties.

    • There is only a single cut at The Open. PGA Tour events employ an MDF (Made cut Did not Finish) rule, which narrows the field after the third round if more than 78 players make the cut. That is not used at this major.

    The projected cut line after the first round this week was 1 over par, which included 71 players tied for 50th or better.

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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:30 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 (