Notes Trying to compare Barack and Eldrick

By Associated PressJanuary 13, 2009, 5:00 pm
2007 Sony OpenHONOLULU ' Parker McLachlin is in his third year on the PGA Tour and he still hasnt even met Tiger Woods, let alone played with him. He has heard stories of young players being overwhelmed, but at least he will have experience to lean on when the time comes.
After all, not too many golfers get to guard president-elect Barack Obama in a pickup basketball game.
McLachlins father was Obamas high school basketball coach at Punahou School in Honolulu, and during a vacation to Oahu over Christmas, Obama got together with some old friends from school. McLachlins father was invited, and asked if his sons could come along.
Next thing he knew, McLachlin was on the court with Obama and had to guard him.
It was his choice, McLachlin said. I think he wanted to have an easy game on defense. He said he wanted to guard the golfer.
McLachlin wasnt always a pushover.
He was trying to back me down, and Im giving him an elbow to the kidney, McLachlin said. And Im sure the Secret Service guys are like, Get your hands off of him. I had to belly up and play a little hard-nosed defense. Looking back on it, Im like, I cant believe I was elbowing him. But thats what youve got to do.
He was asked to compare being on the court with Obama to his first time on Tour being in the presence of Woods, Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson, players he had only seen on television.
Thats an interesting question, McLachlin said. I think to me, theres still a little bit more of an air with Tiger just because its what I do and I aspire to be in Tigers shoes. Theres sort of a bit more of an air there, more unattainability.
Then he paused and smiled at what he had just said.
Obviously, the presidency is very unattainable, as well, he said. Maybe its just the way that Barack was. He was very genuine and very interested in what I was doing and everyone else that was there. He made a genuine effort to really connect. That was something that really made you feel at ease with him.
McLachlin said he would watch the inauguration with more interest than most.
Just knowing the fact that my dad has had a part in his upbringing and that hes influenced him in some way, I think, is something pretty special, McLachlin said.

HALL OF FAME: Not only did Kenny Perrys three victories last year earn him a spot on the Ryder Cup team, it got him on the PGA Tour ballot for the World Golf Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame released its ballots to voters Tuesday. Perry and Jay Haas were added to the PGA Tour ballot, while Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland was added to the International ballot.
For players to be on the PGA Tour ballot, they must be at least 40 and a Tour member for at least 10 years, with a minimum of 10 victories or a combination of 20 PGA and Champions Tour victories. Perry now has 12 wins; Haas won twice last year, pushing his combination of wins to 21. Clarke became eligible by turning 40.
Voters include Hall of Fame members, golf writers, historians and golf dignitaries from around the world. The ballots are due March 2, and players require 65 percent of the vote to be elected. (If no one is elected, the player receiving at least 50 percent will get in).
Lanny Wadkins received 52 percent of the vote last year, followed by Doug Ford (35 percent) and Mark OMeara (24 percent). Davis Love III received 19 percent last year but likely will get more votes after picking up his 20th career victory in November.
On the international ballot, Jose Maria Olazabal received 49 percent of the vote last year.

CAREER MONEY EXEMPTIONS: Prize money on the PGA Tour has nearly tripled in the last decade. Now, there might be a new way to measure the financial growth ' the number of players taking a one-time exemption for career money.
Chris DiMarco is among eight players who will keep their card in 2009 from being in the top 25 or the top 50 in career money, the highest number using career money exemptions this decade.
DiMarco (No. 19) and Tom Lehman (No. 18) are the only two players from the top 25 in career money. The others are Jeff Sluman, Brad Faxon, Bob Estes, David Duval, Jeff Maggert and Loren Roberts. Sluman (No. 26) and Roberts (No. 45) arent expected to play most of the time on the Champions Tour, but so taking the exemption was a matter of using it while its available.
Roberts and Sluman both are playing in the Sony Open.
If I dont use it, Ill probably lose it, said Roberts, who plans to play four or five times on the PGA Tour this year.

DIVOTS: Seven players at the Mercedes-Benz Championship decided not to take the 20-minute flight to Oahu for the Sony Open, including Vijay Singh (knee surgery Wednesday) and Justin Leonard, who traditionally plays the Bob Hope Desert Classic next week, which starts a day early because it is 90 holes. Sean OHair figures to have a hectic summer. His wife, Jackie, is expecting their third child in late June. The Irish Open will be played this year at County Louth Golf Club.

STAT OF THE WEEK: The PGA Tour had 41 players who made more money last year than Arnold Palmer earned in his career.

FINAL WORD: This is the first year I can remember that I dont have to worry about keeping my card.'Paul Azinger, who turns 50 next year and will join the Champions Tour.

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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

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    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

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    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.

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    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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    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.

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    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