Defending Steve Williams

By Brian HewittDecember 19, 2008, 5:00 pm
First of all, The Comebacker wishes everybody a terrific Holiday Season and a Happy New Year. You all come back now in 2009. Hear?
Without further ado, more e-mails about Michelle Wie and some dish on Steve Williams, Tigers embattled caddie:
Jane writes: Steve Williams comments were totally inappropriate and he should be reprimanded. As Tiger's caddie, he is well known and has a responsibility to behave in a manner that is appropriate, recognizing that his actions and words may have a direct or indirect impact on his employer. When said employer has a high public profile it is even more important to conduct oneself appropriately. This applies to anyone in any profession where the association, be it with an individual or a corporation, is public knowledge.
The Comebacker
Jane, even though you write like a lawyer, I agree with what youre saying.

Joe writes: I never write into blogs like this but here goes: I think Michelle Wie is a terrific golfer with a combination of great genetics and the support needed to succeed as a great athlete. However, the problem I see with her game is that she has not developed a killer or winning instinct. I have played basketball and football in college and one thing I know about winning is that it has little to do with just talent. Winners believe winning is their right and they do not hope or wish for it. This is also the reason why no one currently on the PGA (Tour), except for perhaps Vijay Singh and Padraig Harrington, will challenge Tiger for his top spot.
The Comebacker
Methinks Joe has forgotten the name of one Anthony Kim. And, yes, even if Michelle Wie had won at Q-School, despite a small first prize, I think it would have done wonders for her psychologically.

Brian writes: Tiger works hard to have an impeccable image on and off the course. He accepts the role of role model with precision. We are talking about a man who makes New Year's resolutions to be a better person. With this in mind, if these comments by Stevie (Williams) are true, seems to reason that some discipline is in order. Tiger's response and how he deals with it will be interesting. This is a modern day Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan relationship and one that should be handled with much more class and respect ' for the good of the game. Comments like these lower our gentleman's game to that of street hoops or a hockey match.
The Comebacker
Judging from Tigers response to Williams indiscreet use of the language toward Phil Mickelson, Williams better have learned some kind of lesson from this or he will be looking for work on another bag. Speaking of which, in the unlikely event that Woods does sack Williams ' you heard it here first ' I couldnt think of a better replacement than Terry McNamara, the man on Annika Sorenstams bag through her glory years. McNamara is a class act and would never campaign for a job that isnt open yet. But Annika and Tiger share the same agent, Mark Steinberg. Steinberg and everybody else in the golf division he runs at IMG know who McNamara is. McNamara is personable and tough when he needs to be. He is stable. He is hard-working and he is everything Tiger or anybody else could want in a caddie.
Scott writes: There is a ton of talent on the LPGA, and LOTS of great stories. Shame on you for picking the lowest hanging fruit of all ' the Wie (I hate typing that word) story. Stacy Lewis won the event, yet all she gets is a mention in passing. Anna Rawson provided everyone with a nice surprise by qualifying. Meanwhile, you focused your story on someone, who once again proved unable to even close strong, let alone win. Let's highlight the winners, and not recycle the leftovers.
The Comebacker
Wow, Wie is still only 19 years old and already she has been consigned to the status of low hanging fruit and leftovers. Harsh.

Bill writes: The Golf Channel is a business. The reality is, I checked the LPGA Q-School at least twice a day, and I wouldn't have done that if it wasn't for Wie. Show me the money. When Wie and Tiger are in contention, the viewership goes up. Actually, I'm sick of hearing about both of them, but I understand why they are in the headlines. This isn't NPR; golf is a business.
The Comebacker
Bill speaks the truth.

Kendall writes: After reading all the negative comments about Michelle Wie, I felt compelled to chime in with one fact: The game of golf needs stars ... superstars if possible. Michelle Wie is likeable, cute, and a real talent. She's just more fun to watch than most other golfers. And now she's proving her self the old fashioned way in Q-School. So hopefully everyone can stop treating her like somehow she's bad for the game, because we all know better. She's news. I'm shocked to hear people in the golf community be so negative ' she's a nice young lady, and an exciting story to follow.
The Comebacker
Support for Wie. We dont get a lot of that in this forum either. Still waiting, by the way, for someone to defend Steve Williams.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 2:15 pm

Tiger Woods, in search of his 15th career major championship title, started the weekend six off the lead at Carnoustie. We're tracking him in Round 3 of The Open.

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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 1:03 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.

Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.

Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.

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After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.

“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”

Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).

It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 12:20 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch.

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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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 (