The Comebackees are Angry

By Brian HewittJune 27, 2008, 4:00 pm
The Comebacker is not sure what to think of the Comebackees. Many of you are angry that you didnt know more from Tiger Woods about his injury before he won the U.S. Open. One or two others are angry at GOLF CHANNEL announcer Frank Nobilo, who said on the air that Tiger owed us an explanation prior to the Wednesday announcement last week that he had been playing with a double stress fracture in his left leg.
I know first hand that Nobilo thinks before he speaks. And his sentiment about wanting to know more about Woods injuries was the voice of reason.
Anyhow, Woods remains the story of the year in golf. So, without further ado:
David writes: Everybody thinks that Tiger is such a wonder, but I'll tell you something I can do what Tiger can't do: I can play a round of golf without cursing. I can't believe that the PGA TOUR just lets him get away with this. I thought golf was a gentleman's game. Bobby Jones would I hope be appalled. Johnny Miller is the only guy to call Tiger on this..Tiger is no role model or even someone to look up to. He is a spoiled brat who also is the world's best golfer. Which is more important, character or skill?
The Comebacker
David, you are entitled to your opinion. Let me just say this, if I was playing a U.S. Open with a double stress fracture, I might let a bad word slip once in a while, too.
Bryce writes: No wonder the U.S. Ryder Cup team cannot win this event. Cink wins his first tournament in four years, yet is ranked 6th in the world! These kinds of numbers accord with his losing record in the Ryder Cup and why he has never been part of a winning team. He may be very wealthy and highly ranked, but he does not strike fear into anyone and does not, in my view, deserve the lofty status of No. 6 in the world.
The Comebacker
Another good guy wins a tournament and gets ripped. Tough crowd.

David writes: Win or not, Stewart Cink is a class act and a worthy role model for young people. I attended a one-hour talk and demonstration by him at the Palmetto Dunes resort in Hilton Head before the Verizon Heritage tournament. He is a very articulate individual who should attract numerous corporate sponsors. And Id like to see more of him on your channel
The Comebacker
Two sides to every story.

Art writes: The Ryder Cup should be easy this year for our guys. They havent won WITH Tiger so theres no added pressure of winning without him. It cant get any worse so just go out and play.
The Comebacker
Actually the Americans did win a Ryder Cup with Tiger'1999 Brookline. But thats one out of five for Tiger. We might have expected more from him AND his teammates.
Salve writes: I think Frank Nobilo should apologize to Tiger Woods and The Golf Channel viewing public for his remarks pre/during/post U.S Open telecast. His insinuation that Tiger grimaced all for show. During the Post Game show, he said Golf is about honesty and Tiger should come clean about his knee. Well, Tiger is all about class and he said during his announcement that he wants the U.S Open to be the topic of conversation and not about his knee, thus he did not tell the media about the extent of his knees problem..Nobilo should be reminded that he owes his job to Tiger Woods..
The Comebacker
Beg strongly to differ here. Nobilo is all about class. I know first hand. To suggest he owes his job to Tiger is just downright ignorant.
Marge writes: As I sat and watched the U.S. Open on Sunday and Monday with my children who are nine and 12 running in and out of the room, I couldn't help but notice the difference in the demeanor of Tiger and Rocco. Tiger Woods is undeniably the top player in golf of this era, but he could learn a few lessons from Rocco on how to conduct himself on the course. While Tiger threw clubs and used inappropriate language after poorly hit shots, Rocco's calm reaction to his poorly hit shots shows that he is a true champion. While my kids might look up to Tiger for his successful record on the course - Rocco is a by far the better role model for this next generation.
The Comebacker
Should we call Roccos fans The Mediators, The Roccettes or the Intermediaries?

Skip writes: What accomplishments would another golfer have to add to their current season to win out as Player of the Year over a shortened four-out-of-six-wins season and a U.S. Open included to beat out Tiger Woods as 2008 Player of the Year?
The Comebacker
If Trevor Immelman wins two more majors and the FedExCup, he might get a few votes from, his peers.
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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

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”