Playing the Name Game

By Brian HewittJuly 11, 2005, 4:00 pm
For reasons I'm not sure are entirely clear, I found myself watching the final round of The John Deere Classic and thinking it odd that one of the players in the hunt late in the day was named Short. Actually, Wes Short Jr. Odd name for a golfer. Short.

Odd, too, that the last name of the caddie for one the best short hitters of the last 30 years--Fred Funk--is Long. Mark Long.

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Ironically, Wes Short is averaging 301.9 yards off the tee.
Does anybody else think it's strange that the last name of the next president of the USGA will be Driver? Walter Driver.

Or that arguably the most mystical figure in the literature of the game is a chap named Irons? Shivas Irons. Or that arguably the least mystical figure in the game today is named Woods? Tiger Woods. Or that the name of the icon that represents arguably the home of American golf is Putter? Putter Boy.

Oh, Boy. Here we go.

If Jason Allred lives up to his last name at this week's Open Championship, he will win going away.

If the guy who won the last PGA Championship staged in Minnesota plays well at The Old Course, we will most certainly see Rich Beem.

If Tom Byrum finishes in the top 10, I will happily buy a bottle of rum for his brother, Curt, who works for The Golf Channel.

The best putter in America last year, by the way, was Stewart Cink. Which only makes perfect sense. Same way if Steve Spray were still on Tour he would probably rank last in driving accuracy.

The 1995 Open Championship winner, we are told, is a recovering alcoholic. His last name, appropriately enough, is Daly.

Scott Gutschewski's last name sounds, when you say it out loud, like a sneeze. God bless you.

Wasn't Peter Lawrie in Casablanca? Or was that the Maltese Falcon?

Used to be a player on Tour named Porky Oliver. He hated hitting it fat. More recently the guy I would bet on skipping the ball across a water hazard would be Sonny Skinner. Most unfortunate name for a top teacher: Craig Shankland, who ought to be working with Jason Dufner if . . . .

If names meant anything at all in golf.

I wonder if Pete Oakley wears Maui Jim's. Or if Robert Rock knows how to roll his. Or if Graeme Storm packed his waterproofs for St. Andrews.

I wonder what Paula Creamer puts in her coffee. Or if Grace knows how to parallel Park. Or if Kim Saiki has a good shrink. Or if Aree Song has ever met Vijay Singh. Or if Annika has ever met Danica.

I wonder when the headline writers will stop already with puns that have to do with Davis Love or Dottie Pepper or Kris Tschetter.

The LPGA media guide says Karrie's hobbies include reading, basketball and fishing. Webb, apparently, does not surf.

And every time I see the name Russamee Gulyanamitta, in print, I think somebody's keyboard is sticking.

Anyway, I hear a loud ringing. It must be my alarm clock. I must have been dreaming.......

It's time to wake up and root for the story again. The biggest in our sport this week will be Nicklaus in Scotland.

And if you needed me to remind you of that fact, you don't know Jack.
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Watch: Tiger makes 6 birdies, 1 amazing par in Rd. 3

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 4:10 pm

Tiger Woods started the third round of The Open at even par, having made seven birdies and seven bogeys over the first 36 holes at Carnoustie.

Following three pars to start on Saturday, Woods went on a birdie binge.

No. 1 came with this putt at the par-4 fourth.

No. 2 with this two-putt at the par-5 sixth.

No. 3 thanks to this 30-footer at the par-4 ninth.

No. 4 after nearly jarring his approach shot on the par-4 10th.

No. 5 when he almost drove the green at the par-4 11th and two-putted, from just off the green, from 95 feet.

And No. 6, which gave him a share of the lead, came courtesy another two-putt at the par-5 14th.

Woods bogeyed the par-3 16th to drop out of the lead and almost dropped - at least - one more shot at the par-4 18th. But his tee shot got a lucky bounce and he turned his good fortune into a par.

Woods shot 5-under 66 and finished the day at 5 under par.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 4:05 pm

Tiger Woods made six birdies and one bogey on Saturday for a 5-under 66 in the third round of The Open. We're tracking him as he vies for major No. 15.

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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.