Players Unfamiliar with One Another at Doral

By Associated PressMarch 21, 2007, 4:00 pm
2007 WGC CA ChampionshipMIAMI -- They call this a World Golf Championship. It looks more like freshman orientation.
 
No one waits until finishing a round to shake hands. Whether on the putting green, the practice range or in the locker room, introductions are in order -- a lot of them. Players spend most of their time looking at names on badges and golf bags to figure out who these guys are and how they got a spot in the CA Championship.
 
The 73-man field at Doral comes from 17 countries, not unlike a regular PGA TOUR event. But most PGA TOUR events don't always get Prom Meesawat.
 
This is nothing new at a World Golf Championship. It's been going on since the series began in 1999, when this tournament was held at Valderrama in Spain and featured Richard Kaplan and Kzuhiko Hosokawa.
 
'I bet I don't know 20 percent of the guys here,' Paul Goydos said.
 
No sooner did the words leave his lips Tuesday afternoon than Goydos followed with a message that Americans need to hear.
 
These guys don't know you, either.
 
Charl Schwartzel, one of nine South Africans at Doral, was asked what he knew about Bob Hope Classic winner Charley Hoffman.
 
'Not much,' he said. 'He's got long hair.'
 
What about Mark Wilson? He won the Honda Classic two weeks ago after taking a bizarre two-shot penalty, then making par putts of 50 feet and 30 feet before outlasting three others in a playoff.
 
'I don't know Mark Wilson,' he said, almost embarrassed.
 
When his interview ended, Schwartzel was so curious he whispered to a couple of reporters, 'Does he have dark hair and dark skin?'
 
Sorry, Charl.
 
That would be Dean Wilson of Hawaii.
 
What makes the CA Championship more unusual than the other two WGC events is it goes beyond the top 50 in the world ranking and rewards players by the most consistent measure -- money -- on their respective tours.
 
That's how Meesawat got into his first WGC event. The 22-year-old Thai finished third on the Asian Tour Order of Merit last year and captured his first victory at the SK Telecom Open, where Michelle Wie made the cut playing against men. Also in the field that week was K.J. Choi and Jeev Milka Singh (no relation to that other Singh).
 
They call Meesawat 'Big Dolphin' because of his burly physique and because he grew up in the coastal town of Hua Hin. He won the Junior World Championship twice at Torrey Pines and wanted to come to America earlier except Vijay Singh talked him into turning pro and sticking to the Asian Tour.
 
Meesawat knows Tiger Woods. Think he would even recognize Tom Pernice Jr.?
 
Y.E. Yang has been a talking point the last few weeks, mostly among Americans wondering how he got into the top 50 in the world. Those same guys have never done what Yang did in Shanghai last November -- win a tournament that included Woods, Jim Furyk, Henrik Stenson and Retief Goosen.
 
The son of vegetable farmers in South Korea, Yang was 19 when a friend offered him a job on a driving range for minimum wage and a roof over his head. When he finally picked up a club, he practiced for three months before playing his first round and shot 101. He practiced for another month and shot 81.
 
A decade later, he took down Tiger.
 
'You put the fishing pole in the water,' Yang said, demonstrating, 'and sometimes you catch a big fish.'
 
This will be his sixth tournament in the United States, not enough to know much about Arron Oberholser, much less recognize him.
 
Goydos was honest enough to say he didn't know much about Anthony Wall, a 31-year-old from England.
 
'But me not recognizing somebody certainly doesn't mean he's not a great player,' Goydos said. 'I'm pretty sure Anthony Wall doesn't know who Paul Goydos is, and a big piece of me hopes he doesn't -- for his sake. That would mean he spends too much time watching golf.'
 
One problem with the World Golf Championships is they're all played in the United States, and that isn't likely to change. The title sponsors footing the bill for the $8 million purse get more return when the tournament -- and TV coverage -- has an American base.
 
Maybe this wouldn't feel like freshman orientation if more Americans traveled the world.
 
'I think it's the Ryder Cup syndrome from about six years ago,' Goydos said. 'Who are these guys that keep beating us? Well, they're pretty good players, aren't they?'
 
Hennie Otto led the first round of the '03 British Open at Royal St. George's and wound up in a tie for 10th. Joe Durant has never finished higher than a tie for 24th in a major, in the '01 U.S. Open at Southern Hills.
 
Strangely enough, Schwartzel made news for not coming to a WGC event. He made the 64-man field for the Accenture Match Play Championship but skipped it to play the final tournament in South Africa so he could become the first South African to win the Order of Merit three times. That got him into Doral, the Memorial, the British Open and the Bridgestone Invitational.
 
That's four more chances to get to know Mark Wilson.
 
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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 GolfChannel.com.  

    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; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)

    Monday, July 16

    GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

    GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

    GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Tuesday, July 17

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Wednesday, July 18

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Thursday, July 19

    GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

    GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Friday, July 20

    GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Saturday, July 21

    GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Sunday, July 22

    GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

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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