Ticked off Tiger texting MJ Boo are you

By Associated PressSeptember 20, 2008, 4:00 pm
Ryder CupLOUISVILLE, Ky. ' Justin Leonards undefeated record through the first three matches of the Ryder Cup wasnt enough to convince U.S. captain Paul Azinger to play Leonard during Saturdays afternoon four-ball.
 
Leonard and Hunter Mahan rolled to a 3-0-0 record through the first three rounds, and Azinger sent Mahan back out for the afternoon matches. Mahan joined Phil Mickelson as the only American players to play in each of the first four matches.
 
Leonard felt he could have gone another 18 holes, but respected Azingers decision.
 
I told Zinger, you know, I felt like I had some more in the tank, Leonard said. I wasnt sure how much. And I think he wants me to be ready for tomorrow. Im going to use this rest to my advantage.
 
Leonard wasnt the only red-hot player who took the afternoon off. Europes Justin Rose asked captain Nick Faldo if he could sit out the four-ball matches even though he and Ian Poulter had gone 2-1-0 through three matches.
 
I really felt like it was best for the team, should I sit out a bit, Rose said. Ive got a bit of a sore wrist and a few little things that you just want to just take care of, no big deal.
 
Valhalla marked the first time under the current Ryder Cup format that Europe had just one player compete in every session.

PAYNES SON

 
U.S. captain Paul Azinger had a special guest in his cart late Saturday afternoon ' Aaron Stewart, the 19-year-old son of the late Payne Stewart, who was Azingers best friend on tour.
 
The Americans have not won the Ryder Cup since Stewart played on the team in 1999 at Brookline. Six weeks later, Stewart perished in a plane accident.
 
TICKED TIGER
 
Michael Jordan knows how tense things can get during competition. So he took a little pity on European captain Nick Faldo during Fridays opening round matches, playfully giving Faldo a neck massage.
 
Jordan, back at Valhalla on Saturday, admitted the move didnt sit well with at least one Ryder Cup regular: Tiger Woods.
 
The worlds No. 1 golfer, watching the Cup on TV while recuperating from knee surgery, fired off a text to Jordan telling him to cut it out.
 
He texted me when I was massaging (Faldo), Jordan said. He said Get your hands off him and choke him instead of massage him.
 
Jordan has attended every Ryder Cup since 1997 and called it one of his favorite competitions in sports.
 
FLASHBACK
 
Justin Rose and Ian Poulter have been friends a long time, well before Poulter turned himself into arguably the most fashionable golfer this side of Jesper Parnevik.
 
To Rose, Poulter is still the chunky kid he played against as a junior, and the memories pop up at unexpected times.
 
Standing on the 14th green during their morning foursome match against Chad Campbell and Stewart Cink, Rose had a flashback.
 
This feeling came over me, and he probably wont thank me for saying this, but I said, Come on Poults, the fat kid from Milton Keynes, knock it in, Rose said.
 
Poulter converted the putt as the English duo won 4 and 3, their second win in three pairings during this weekend.
 
SERGIO SAVES THE DAY
 
Sergio Garcia found a way to make himself useful during the morning foursomes, even though the longtime European team star was sitting for the first time in his Ryder Cup career.
 
Riding along with assistant captain Jose Maria Olazabal, Garcia was standing behind the green watching Miguel Angel Jimenez and Graeme McDowell when a golf cart attempting to get up the bank spun its wheels and fell back.
 
Garcia leaned over to the driver and told him to back up and hit the hill running. After successfully making it up, the driver walked over and gave Garcia a high-five.
 
BOO ARE YOU?
 
Becoming one of the early U.S. heroes of this Ryder Cup hasnt exactly made Boo Weekley a recognizable face.
 
When Weekley attempted to duck under a rope and head into the clubhouse before his afternoon foursomes match with J.B. Holmes, the security guard manning the gate stopped him in his tracks and asked Weekley for his credentials.
 
Weekley, wearing a blue U.S. Ryder Cup team jacket, tan slacks and a blue cap with his name on the back, raised out his arms and pulled out his team shirt before looking at nearby reporters for some help.
 
The guard, embarrassed, let Weekley into the clubhouse while a handful of Weekley supporters ' several wearing Red, White & Boo T-shirts, laughed.
 
WEARING THE COLORS
 
U.S. captain Paul Azinger is borrowing a move from college sporting events to give Valhalla a more festive feel.
 
Azinger encouraged fans to wear blue to the course on Saturday and red on Sunday in support of the U.S. team. Azinger has implored fans to become the 13th man, even creating T-shirts with that phrase splashed across the front.
 
Getting the fans to play dress-up is a tactic thats worked well in Kentucky. Both the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky have staged White Out and Black Out promotions during high-profile football and basketball games.
 
SOGGY START
 
A small batch of showers softened things up early Saturday morning, and had some of the players wives scrambling for rain gear.
 
Amy Mickelson was seen hustling down the first fairway after husband Phil, her arms full of stuff to bring the wives. The rain made going treacherous for spectators as they walked along the mounds and several photographers took a spill trying to make their way behind the green on No. 9.
 
The sky cleared as the morning went on with temperatures rising into the low-80s by the middle of the afternoon. Forecasters are calling for sun and temperatures in the 80s for singles play on Sunday.
 
SAY THAT AGAIN?
Players arent the only ones coping with nerves at the Ryder Cup.
 
The PGA of America asked former president M.G. Orender to announce the matches on the first tee, and there have been a few glitches. It started with the opening match Friday, when he introduced Padraig Harrington as Harrison.
 
Saturday afternoon, Orender had another slip of the tongue. He first announced Henrik Stenson as Stevens. Then he quickly changed it to Stevenson.
 
Orender at least got a mulligan. After introducing the European team, he again announced the Swede as first to hit, and correctly referred to him as Stenson. Orender held out his palms and rolled his eyes at Stenson to acknowledge the mea culpa.
 
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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 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)