Make Vijay Putt it Next Time

By Brian HewittSeptember 28, 2007, 4:00 pm
Ive been itching--ever since I saw it and couldnt believe it--to weigh in on the conceded four-foot putt that concluded the Woody Austin-Phil Mickelson versus Vijay Singh-Mike Weir foursomes match Thursday afternoon in Montreal at the Presidents Cup.
So here goes:
I didnt like it.
Not one diplomatic bit of it.
Oh, Golf is a gentlemans game. And Im more than good with that. But the idea of this particular gentlemans game is to win.
Win fair and square. But win.
Players on the U.S. side are fond of saying they enjoy the Presidents Cup and the Ryder Cup because of the rare opportunity it affords them to play for their country.
Well, heres a news flash: Most of Austin and Mickelsons countrymen would have preferred that they didnt give Singh the four-footer on the 18th hole that created a halve and potentially snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. It would have been a victory, by the way, that left the Americans with a statement-making 6-0 lead after six matches in the opening session of the four-day Cup.
Its difficult to imagine Singh, a hard case, conceding anything to Mickelson had the tables been turned. Mickelson and Singh dont particularly like each other to begin with and have recent bad history with each other dating back to a near dust-up in the locker room at Augusta National several years ago.
Singh thought Mickelsons spikes were too long and were tearing up the greens. Mickelson, who was playing one group ahead of Singh on the day in question, thought Singh should have come to him first with his complaint rather than airing it publicly.
Wayne Gretzky, the patron saint of all Canadian athletes, was on Golf Central early this week for a lively interview with the capable Megan West. Would have loved it if she had asked Gretzky this question:
If fighting were allowed in professional golf, which two players would get your attention the fastest if they dropped the gloves?
Im guessing Gretzkys answer would have been Mickelson and Singh.
No, Im not advocating free-for-alls in golf. Although Id pay money if Tiger Woods and Rory Sabbatini ever climbed into the squared circle at the same time.
What I am advocating is sportsmanship without sacrificing tough competitiveness.
By the way, a little more truth in advertising wouldnt hurt either. Interviewed right after the match Thursday, Mickelson said the decision to concede the putt came from Captain Nicklaus, who was standing greenside at the time.
Asked the same question, moments later, Jack Nicklaus said it was Phil and Woodys decision.
If this gesture--the giving of an eminently missable putt--was so noble and right, how come nobody wanted to take credit for it after it had been made?
Anyway, life and golf will go on. Maybe good karma will result from this for the Americans. Maybe the golf gods disagree with me on this one. Maybe they will pay the Americans back one day for their generosity.
If they do, I hope they wait for next years Ryder Cup matches in Louisville. Thats where the U.S. team is going to need the most help.
And one final thought: If anybody gives anybody else a four-footer at Louisville, it most definitely will not be at the suggestion of American captain Paul Azinger or European captain Nick Faldo.
To which I say: Bully for them.
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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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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 12:15 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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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.