The Match-Ups in 10 Words

By Brian HewittFebruary 20, 2007, 5:00 pm
2007- WGC-AccentureMARANA, Ariz. -- J.J. Henry showed up in the press room on a cold and windy late afternoon north of Tucson Monday. And he said all the right things.
Henrys the guy who got into the field at the WGC-Accenture Match Play when South African Charl Schwartzel withdrew. Henrys the guy who gets Tiger Woods in Wednesdays first round.
Hes a No. 16 seed in his bracket. Woods is No. 1.
I think Im capable of making seven or eight birdies, said Henry. We all know how good he is. But I dont think theres a huge intimidation factor.
Henry was being careful. But what he meant was he has played golf against Woods going all the way back to college. Henry knows he can make seven or eight birdies and Woods can make eight or nine.
Last year, Stephen Ames, Woods first-round opponent, made some comments Woods took quiet umbrage at and Tiger responded by destroying him, 9 and 8. All Im saying is a No. 16 seed in this event has a better chance of winning than a No. 16 seed in ther NCAA mens basketball tournament, Henry said.
In fact, No. 16 seeds have won 25 matches in the eight-year history of this event.
Anyway, there will be 32 matches Wednesday after which the field of 64 will be cut in half.
The following are a few words'10 to be exact'on each of the 32 match-ups. (Hypens count as one word.)
Tiger Woods vs. J.J. Henry: Ryder Cup teammates; J.J. dangerous; Woods on streak of seven.
Tim Clark vs. Robert Allenby: Beware late Sunday Riviera hangover for Allenby; Both superb ballstrikers.
Nick OHern vs. Lucas Glover: OHern once felled Woods in this event; Glover still searching.
David Howell vs. Rory Sabbatini: Howell can putt; Sabbatini can bomb it. Take the putter.
Luke Donald vs. Miguel-Angel Jimenez: Euro Ryder Cup teammates; Its the artist vs. the mechanic.
Shingo Katayama vs. Aaron Baddeley: Kat in the hat vs. the cat who won Phoenix.
Henrik Stenson vs. Zach Johnson: Both these men are underrated. Stenson beat Tiger at Dubai.
K.J. Choi vs. Carl Pettersson: Pettersson won Tampa 05; Choi in 06. No clue here.
Phil Mickelson vs. Richard Green: Phil has two green jackets; Richard just has the name.
Michael Campbell vs. Justin Rose: Campbell mending from injury; Rose itching for first U.S. win.
Sergio Garcia vs. Darren Clarke: Ryder teammates again. Clarkie won this event back in 2000.
Stuart Appleby vs. Charles Howell III: Chuckie 3-sticks is hottest player in the game right now.
Ernie Els vs. Bradley Dredge: This will be drudgery for Dredge; Big Easy wins easy.
Ian Poulter vs. Bart Bryant: Each should be made to wear the other guys clothes.
Trevor Immelman vs. Thomas Bjorn: Watch Immelman. Last man to beat Tiger Woods in U.S.
Chris DiMarco vs. Brett Wetterich: Another dual between Ryder Cup teammates. DiMarco in 20 holes.
Jim Furyk vs. Brett Quigley: The worlds No. 2 will grind down long-hitting match play rookie.
Angel Cabrera vs. Chad Campbell: Argentine Cabrera answers to Angel. Chads wife sings like one.
Davis Love III vs. Ben Crane: Davis wont like the pace; Crane wont like the outcome.
David Toms vs. Arron Oberholser: Toms loves this event; Oberholsers back is a question mark.
Vijay Singh vs. John Rollins: Rollins wont back off; But wishes he was playing Jeev-Milkha.
Robert Karlsson vs. Stephen Ames: Ames just glad he doesnt have to play Woods again.
Padraig Harrington vs. Lee Westwood: Irishman vs. Englishman; Padraig gets nod off recent Riviera form.
Stewart Cink vs. Jeev Milkha-Singh: Could we see Singh vs. Singh in the third round.
Adam Scott vs. Shaun Micheel: Micheel proved match play mettle late last year at HSBC.
Y.E. Yang vs. Rod Pampling: Pampling thought Yang was that edgy doctor on Greys Anatomy.
Paul Casey vs. Mike Weir: Casey a good bet to advance to the Final Four.
Colin Montgomerie vs. Johan Edfors: Edfors has something to prove; But Monty much better player.
Retief Goosen vs. Scott Verplank: Verplank never a pushover in match play; Chance for upset.
Joe Durant vs. Niclas Fasth: Durant will wear down the Swede with fairways and greens.
Geoff Ogilvy vs. Steve Stricker: Stricker former match play champion; Ogilvy reigning U.S. Open champion.
Jose Maria Olazabal vs. Paul Goydos: Goydos found second act to career; Ollie a class act.
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    McIlroy, Rahm betting co-favorites after Open Round 1

    By Will GrayJuly 19, 2018, 10:10 pm

    They're both three shots off the lead, but after starting The Open with rounds in the 60s Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm are now betting co-favorites to lift the claret jug at Carnoustie.

    McIlroy is four years removed from his Open triumph at Royal Liverpool, while Rahm remains in search of his first major title. Both carded rounds of 2-under 69 in Scotland to sit three shots off the lead of Kevin Kisner. While McIlroy started the tournament at 16/1 and Rahm at 20/1, they're now dead even at 10/1 in updated odds at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook.

    Kisner started the week at 200/1, but after an opening-round 66 he's quickly been trimmed to 25/1. Tony Finau sits one shot behind Kisner and is now listed behind only McIlroy and Rahm at 12/1 after starting the tournament at 60/1.

    On the other side of the coin, consensus pre-tournament betting favorite Dustin Johnson fell from 12/1 to 100/1 following an opening 76 while Masters champ Patrick Reed shot a 4-over 75 to plummet from 30/1 to 200/1. Trailing by five shots following an opening-round 71, Tiger Woods' odds remained unchanged at 25/1 as he seeks a 15th career major title.

    Here's a look at the revised betting odds heading into the second round at Carnoustie:

    10/1: Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm

    12/1: Tony Finau

    14/1: Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler

    20/1: Francesco Molinari

    25/1: Tiger Woods, Alex Noren, Henrik Stenson, Kevin Kisner

    30/1: Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka

    40/1: Ryan Moore, Jason Day

    50/1: Erik Van Rooyen, Brandon Stone, Matt Kuchar

    60/1: Danny Willett, Thomas Pieters, Marc Leishman, Thorbjorn Olesen, Russell Henley, Matthew Southgate

    80/1: Webb Simpson, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Brendan Steele, Kevin Na

    100/1: Dustin Johnson, Zander Lombard, Sung Kang, Paul Casey, Louis Oosthuizen, Xander Schauffele, Chris Wood, Pat Perez, Luke List, Charley Hoffman

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    Despite 78, Lincicome savors PGA Tour experience

    By Randall MellJuly 19, 2018, 9:41 pm

    Two bad holes derailed Brittany Lincicome in her historic start Thursday at the Barbasol Championship, but they couldn’t wipe the smile off her face afterward.

    It might have been the most fun she ever had shooting a 78.

    Lincicome joined Babe Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Michelle Wie as the only women to tee it up in a PGA Tour event when she striped her opening tee shot down the middle Thursday at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky.

    A double bogey at her ninth hole and a triple at her 16th might have spoiled her chances at joining Zaharias as the only women to make a 36-hole cut in a PGA Tour event, but it didn’t spoil her experience.

    “I did what I wanted to do, with having fun,” Lincicome said. “I think I nailed that part pretty well.

    “I love playing with the guys. It's so much fun, being inside the ropes with them. Hopefully, I can get a good one tomorrow.”

    Lincicome, 32, held her own for 16 holes, playing them in 1 over par, but those two big numbers left her tied for last place when she signed her scorecard, though other players remained on the course.

    At 6 over, Lincicome is 13 shots behind the leader, probably seven or eight shots off the projected cut line, but she savored the experience. She arrived wanting to inspire young girls to dream big, and to bring some extra attention to a title sponsor who means so much to her. She represents Pure Silk, part of the Barbasol family.

    Sam Ryder, who joined Conrad Shindler playing alongside Lincicome, was impressed with the way Lincicome carried herself.

    “I would play with her every day if she wanted to,” said Ryder, who opened with a 68. “She's just a great person.

    “Even though I know she's probably a little disappointed with her final score, she had a smile on her face all day.”

    Lincicome, an eight-time LPGA winner, made her first birdie at her 12th hole, dropping a 30-foot putt, but she wasn’t happy with her putter much of the day. She missed three other good birdie chances, a 4-footer at her eighth hole, an 8-footer at her 10th and a 12-footer at the last.

    “Pretty happy with my game overall,” Lincicome said. “I had two bad holes, but I drove it well. I did all the things I said I needed to do, but my putter let me down today.”

    After piping her first drive, Lincicome opened with three consecutive pars.

    “I was actually calmer than I thought I was going to be,” she said. “I thought I was going to be a nervous wreck. After the first tee shot, I was pretty happy that I found the fairway.”

    Lincicome said Ryder and Shindler made her feel welcome. So did the crowds.

    “It was great,” she said. “I could feel the energy of the crowd support me. Every time I hit a good driver or good shot, they would cheer for me, which was great.

    “Conrad and Sam were so nice. I couldn't have asked for a better pairing. They were very welcoming, and we were interacting, they were asking me questions, and it was great.”

    On Tuesday, Lincicome said a key to her play would be hitting fairways. She did that, hitting 10 of 14, but she was taking in longer clubs than she does in LPGA events, with Keene Trace set up at 7,168 yards. That’s 600 yards longer than she played last week at the LPGA’s Marathon Classic, where she finished second. She hit just 8 greens in regulation in this PGA Tour start.

    Lincicome is nicknamed “Bam Bam.” She is one of the LPGA’s longest drivers, but she was typically 30 to 40 yards behind Ryder and Shindler after hitting her driver. She averaged 259 yards per drive, Ryder 289 yards.

    “She had a couple birdie putts that she could have made,” Ryder said. “If she made a couple of those, might've been a little bit different, just to get a little bit of momentum. Who knows?”

    Lincicome’s biggest challenges were the par 3s.

    At the 18th, playing 195 yards, she mis-hit her tee shot, knocking it in the water, short of the green. She took a penalty, moved up to a forward tee, dropped and hit into a right greenside bunker. She got up and down from there for a 5.

    At the seventh, playing 198 yards, she missed wild right and deep. From a tough spot in the rough, she left her pitch short of the green. She chipped her third past the hole and to the fringe, where she took three putts from 20 feet.

    Afterward, Lincicome wasn’t dwelling on the bad shots. She was focused on going to sign autographs for all the fans waiting for her, including all the little girls who came out to see her.

    “I need to go back over there and sign,” she said. “Any time I can influence a child, especially a girl, obviously I want to get them involved with the LPGA, as much as possible.”

    Her overall assessment of her day?

    “It was a great experience,” she said.

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    Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 8:55 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:

    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 early 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 early marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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    Knox relishes round with 'mythical figure' Woods

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 8:48 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Russell Knox was expecting the worst and hoping for the best Thursday at The Open.

    Playing with Tiger Woods tends to have that effect.

    The native Scot received a treat earlier this week when he saw his name on the tee sheet alongside his boyhood idol, Woods.

    “Felt good out there, but obviously my swing, it was just like I had too much tension,” Knox said after an opening 73. “I just wasn’t letting it go as normal. First round with Tiger, I expected to feel a little bit different. The way I felt was better than the way I swung.”

    Knox said that he was nervous playing alongside Woods, a player he’d only encountered on the range. “He’s almost like a mythical figure,” he said.

    But after a while, he settled into the rhythm of the round at Carnoustie.

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    “I thought it would be worse,” he said, “I feel like I should know what I’m doing. It’s cool playing with Tiger, but I’ve got to get over that. I’m here to win, not just enjoy my walk around the course.”

    Knox probably had more interaction with Woods than he anticipated, if only because the third member of the group, Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, keeps to himself because of the language barrier.

    “It’s kind of a blur,” Knox said. “It’s like, Oh, I’m chatting away with Tiger here like normal. I don’t even remember what I was saying.”

    There have been countless stories from this year as the next generation of players – guys who grew up watching Woods dominate the sport – get paired with Woods for the first time.

    It was no less special for Knox on Thursday.

    “It’s nice for him to say things like that,” Woods said, “and we enjoyed playing with each other. Hopefully we’ll play a little bit better tomorrow.”