What Was Ian Thinking

By Brian HewittFebruary 1, 2008, 5:00 pm
First there was Stephen Ames. Then there was Rory Sabbatini. Next came Jason Day. And now we have Ian Poulter. Being 'The Comebacker' has a dirty job. But somebodys got to do it.
 
The four aforementioned players make The Comebackers job easier because they provide Tiger Woods with bulletin board material
 
You dont tug on Supermans cape.
 
If you do, be prepared to be looking the business end of a 10-and-8 match play drubbing the next time you catch Tiger at the WGC Match Play or the Ryder or Presidents Cup.
 
Without further ado,
 
Doug writes: Ian Poulter, age 32, same as Tiger, #22 in the world versus Tiger runaway #1 with seven victories and no majors against Tigers 62 TOUR victories including 13 majors, the only one who can take him onHasnt Ian heard about the TOURs new drug policy? What has he been SMOKING? Confidence is good, and you have to believe you can compete in order to do so, but verbalizing fantasy is either insanity or bragging, neither of which is good. Silence is golden: Do it first, THEN talk about it.
 
The Comebacker Or be like Bill Belichick: Do it first. And then DONT talk about it.
 

 
James writes: I watch basketball to see great plays and great shots. I watch golf for the great shots period. Tiger can be 20 ahead and I will still watch. Tiger can be losing by 20 and I would still watch. Simply because he plays to win even when there is not a chance. And there are still great shots there. I believe a lot of viewers are missing the point when watching Tiger. Too bad.
 
The Comebacker Some of Michael Jordans most amazing plays on the basketball court came when the outcomes of games had long since been determined. The greatest of the great ones have that dont-you-dare-take-your-eyes-off-me quality about their games.
 
Bill writes: John Daly, the Britney Spears of golf. Although I never liked the singer I did like the golfer, even after I read his first book. What is he smoking?.oh..a lot of cigarettes, not that theres anything wrong with that..what? Come on, John. I want to say sink or swim but Im afraid swimming probably isnt one of your strong suits. I have followed JD throughout his career and have been an avid fan but at a certain point one has to ask, why? Is he ever going to be the player he used to be? Yeah, Im still a fan, his next win will just be all the more meaningful..if and when.
 
The Comebacker Geez, another whats he smoking? e-mail. Sadly, it looks to me like if JD doesnt listen up at Butch Harmons place, he may have nowhere else to turn with the remains of his career.
 
Peter writes: Youre clearly the most articulate golf announcer in the game. Please advise your colleagues that a player who is two strokes off the lead is not within two strokes of the leader. He/she is two strokes behind. To be within two strokes, theyd have to be one stroke behind.
 
The Comebacker If THE COMEBACKER really was the most articulate why would I need Peters advice on what and what not to advise my colleagues on. The most articulate golf announcer in the game, by the way, is no longer alive. His name was Henry Longhurst.
 
Mike writes: I was thoroughly gratified to see Arnold Palmers interview regarding Tiger Woods breaking his record. The Rorys, Montys and Dalys could learn a lot just seeing a true champion and gentleman present his views with honesty, clarity and dignity.
 
The Comebacker The truth shall set you free, Mike. (And by the way, he hasnt broken Palmers mark for wins. Theyre tied at 62.)
 
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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 3:15 pm

    Tiger Woods is under par in the final round of the 147th Open Championship and stalking the lead. We're tracking him on Sunday at Carnoustie.


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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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    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 GolfChannel.com.  

    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; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)

    Monday, July 16

    GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

    GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

    GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Tuesday, July 17

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Wednesday, July 18

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Thursday, July 19

    GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

    GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Friday, July 20

    GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Saturday, July 21

    GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Sunday, July 22

    GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

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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.”