The Lessons of Royal Montreal

By Brian HewittOctober 1, 2007, 4:00 pm
The 2007 Presidents Cup is in the books. And it was one for the books.
The more the wonderfully-enthusiastic Canadian golf fans in Montreal rooted, the more the energized American team routed.
If this had been a heavyweight prize fight, they would have stopped it, on points, before it was over. The U.S. lead Saturday night after a stunning display in foursomes and fourballs was a commanding 14 to 7 .
That left the Americans needing just three points to win the competition in the Sunday singles. Which meant the final day would be little more than a glorified exhibition. But just try telling that to Weir, who drew Tiger Woods one-on-one Sunday. Try telling it to Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh (yes, Chris Berman, these two guys dont much like each other) who also squared off in singles.
Weir won the last two holes to upset Woods 1-up and finish as the leading point-getter for the Internationals. It was a match you couldnt take your eyes off of. Mickelson sailed past Singh 5 and 4 in a boat race that was never close past the first couple of holes.
Final winning tally for the Americans: 19 1/2 to 14 1/2.
And now the U.S. moves ahead to the Ryder Cup next fall in Louisville. There were lessons learned in Montreal that should not be forgotten when the Euros get to Kentucky.
Lessons like freshness. Its overrated. There was a lot of palaver leading up to this Presidents Cup about players not having enough time to recover from the grueling double fortnight of the FedExCup playoffs. Looks to me like it worked the other way. The Americans were competitively sharp.
In the past, too many U.S. players showed up at the Ryder Cup coming off two and three week layoffs. It showed. Especially in their putting. The 2008 Ryder Cup will begin five days after the conclusion of the 2008 FedExCup playoffs.
Ambitious scheduling? Of course. But it may work out in the Americans favor.
Did I mention putting?
If you stretched the total footage, end-to-end, of all the putts made by members of the American team Saturday, it might be longer than Woods yacht. We have watched the Europeans drain everything but the bathtub in dominating the U.S. over the last two decades of Ryder Cup play.
So heres what the Americans should do: Give the superintendent at Valhalla a paid leave of absence for a year. And pay the superintendent from Royal Montreal whatever he asks to come in and get the putting surfaces in Louisville running at the exact speed and firmness of the greens at his place.
Meanwhile, if Im American captain Paul Azinger, Im already quietly reserving a spot among my four Captains picks for Woody Aquaman Austin. Obviously Azinger wont have to use it if the vastly-improved Austin makes the team on points.
But Austin transcended the competition in Montreal at the Presidents Cup. He not only made more than his share of important putts but he had NBCs Johnny Miller drooling over his golf swing all week.
The signature moment of this Presidents Cup was Austins face-plant into a water hazard (difficulty 1.3) on Friday. He emerged to make three straight birdies and procure the most important half point of the competition for the U.S.
By the time heads hit pillows Friday night, Austin had gone from goat to hero to mascot to legend. Paul Azinger if youre reading this: You definitely want Woody Austin on your team, in your team room and in your lineup card at Valhalla. Too many American teams have shown up too tight at too many Ryder Cups. Woody Austin will keep anybodys team loose.
And how about Steve Stricker?
Simple swing. Great putter. Great story. Great guy.
There really ought to be an unofficial award given out this year: Player of the Year Other Than Tiger Woods. POYOTW. The 2007 POYOTW, hands down, would be Stricker.
Early on in the competition I criticized U.S. captain Jack Nicklaus for instructing Austin and Mickelson to concede a four-foot putt to Singh that produced a halved match on the 18th green. In retrospect, Nicklaus looks to have been smarter than the rest of us. For that matter, Nicklaus has been smarter than the rest of us, in matters of golf, for a long, long time.
But I would have liked to have seen Stricker get a chance to play one match as Woods partner. Getting to partner with Tiger is an honor. Sort of liked being able to tell your children you once were invited to the White House or got an audience with the Pope.
All right, all right, Tiger isnt the Pope. But hes golfing royalty and he plays with a religious fervor. And Stricker earned the right to get to play with him one time.
Stricker, by the way, is the last guy who would ever complain about not getting to play with Tiger.
So theres another one, Captain Azinger: In case you havent already figured it out, Strickers a guy you have to have on your team in Louisville, too.
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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  

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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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.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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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