Johnson Masters and Beyond

By Brian HewittApril 14, 2007, 4:00 pm
This Masters stays with us even though its been almost a week since Zach Johnson birdied the 13th, 14th and 16th holes on the back nine Sunday to hold off Retief Goosen, Rory Sabbatini and Tiger Woods, among others.
So here are a few random thoughts from the reporters notebook about the Masters and other issues:
  • Woods, bitterly disappointed at not being able to close the deal in quest of his fifth Masters, wasnt even the low 31-year-old. He and Johnson are the same age.
  • Sports Illustrated ran a thoughtful piece by a writer named Farrell Evans who posited, among other things, the notion that, .many of us in black America believed that he (Woods) was going to be our golfing messiah.
    Evans concluded his piece with these words: The changes we hoped for in 1997 have not materialized, but people of color still follow Tiger as he strides the golf courses of the world. Like the crowds at Galilee to Jerusalem, all they have is their belief in him. Until something more authentic comes along, Tiger is their best hope.
    My opinion: Lots of food for thought in Evans words. But, and this is a big but, how do you get more authentic than Tiger Woods?
  • Since everybody with a forum is weighing in on Don Imus this week, heres my take:
    First of all, Im glad hes not a member of the golf media.
    Second, while I will vigorously defend the right of free speech, I will defend to the death everybodys right to be outraged at Imus words and their right to demand his professional scalp.
    Count me among the outraged at what Imus said about the Rutgers womens basketball team.
  • Next stop on the mens major trail: Oakmont and the U.S. Open in June.
    If you thought pars were a precious commodity at this most recent Masters just wait for Oakmont. Its a running joke there among the members that when the USGA comes to their club, they have to slow down the greens.
    I cant wait. Oakmont will feature a par 3 that can be stretched to 288 yards and three par 4s that will have tee boxes that will make all of them drivable under the right conditions.
    Oakmont will also have the longest par 5 in U.S. Open history, a hole close to 670 yards.
    As Jerry Kelly, a former college hockey player, said prior to the third round at last weeks Masters: Lace em up, boys.
  • So many companies make so much terrific equipment these days. In no particular order, they include Titleist, Ping, Cleveland, TaylorMade, Nike, Srixon, Cobra, Mizuno, Callaway and more than a few others.
    Branding and placement, whether achieved by accident or design, becomes more important than ever. Which is why I couldnt help but be both amused and impressed on the recent season premiere of The Sopranos when Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) was so excited about getting a full set of TaylorMade clubs and a TaylorMade tour bag for his birthday.
    Ah, TaylorMades, Tony Soprano cooed.
  • The Annika Sorenstam back injury means, among other things, that Lorena Ochoa will almost certainly ascend to No. 1 in the womens world rankings before the end of the season.
    It also means the LPGAs young stars will be challenged, more than ever, to step up and fill the void left by Sorenstams absence in the weekly fields until she returns to good health.
    Heres hoping that Sorenstam is back soon but not before shes fully recovered.
    Meanwhile Sorenstams absence will also increase the importance of the return of Michelle Wie, herself still recovering from a lingering wrist injury.
    Email your thoughts to Brian Hewitt
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    Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 11:00 am

    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)

    7AM-3PM (Watch): Jordan Spieth fired 65 to move into a three-way share of the 54-hole lead, while Tiger Woods (66) played his way into contention. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler and Thorbjorn Olesen.

    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. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau.

    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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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 8:30 am

    Tiger Woods is playing the final round of The Open at Carnoustie, hunting his 15th major victory. We're tracking him.

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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 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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    Schauffele just fine being the underdog

    By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

    Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

    Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.

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    “Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

    Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

    “All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”