Woods Funk Lopez and Daly

By Brian HewittMarch 20, 2008, 4:00 pm
The Comebacker is disappointed. We tried to have a little fun in this space earlier this week by advancing the tongue-in-cheek notion that Fred Funk was angry at Tiger Woods for stealing his hat spike move.
 
Woods famously hurled his hat to the ground last Sunday at Bay Hill after making the lengthy putt that won him the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the 72nd hole. Funk, less famously, whipped his hat to the green after holing the putt that turned out to be the winning stroke at the 2005 PLAYERS.
 
Many thought I was disrespecting Tiger.
 
Pish, pish.
 
Without further ado, heres The Comebackers take on this and other issues.
 
Jarrick writes:What a mediocrity to focus on the smallness of tossing a hat. This is VERY negative on your part. The positive here was this man won a golf tournament and you incite such a punk attitude. You are incorrigible that you try to make a pristine event into an inferiority. Do I detect that you are jealous of Tiger and his greatness?
 
The Comebacker
Make up your mind, please: Am I a negative punk or a jealous incorrigible?
 

Barb writes: Lets hope he (Woods) doesnt emulate the Funk dress code.
 
The Comebacker
I dont think we will be seeing Tiger in a skort any time soon.
 

Lorna writes:.When you next see Tiger, please tell him that his comment about a Grand Slam win was doable has changed the Ladbroke odds. I have placed bets on Tiger winning multiple majors the past two years. Last year the lowest odds were 7-1 and 33-1 for the Slam. This year the odds 4-1 for none, 2-1 for the first three majors and 12-1 for the Slam. Cant make any money this year. I wish Tiger had kept his thought to himself.
 
The Comebacker
I will be sure to tell Tiger about his comment. Right after I tell him Fred Funk is still mad at him.
 

Vivian writes: Would Tiger have been as successful without Steve Williams?
 
The Comebacker
The answer is: yes. Tiger would have been as successful with PeeWee Herman on the bag. This is not to say Williams isnt one of the best loopers in the business, if not the friendliest. And heres a word on that: Tiger Woods, because of all the demands, is probably better served by a caddie/enforcer than he is by one who wants to be everybodys pal.
 

Byron writes:If only Veege could putt who knows how many more tournaments he could have won?
 
The Comebacker
Sure, and if Hogan had been a better putter, Tiger, now tied with Hogan at 64 wins, would still be chasing him in that category. The Comebacker, by the way, assumes when Byron writes Veege, he is referring to Veej, a.k.a. Vijay Singh.
 

Charlie writes: I agree George Lopez should go. I tune in to see golf, not some comic buffoons. To see clowns jumping into the gallery takes away from the game.
 
The Comebacker
Sorry, Charlie. You are wrong on this one. George Lopez is a funny man and provided a breath of fresh air at the Hope. The tournament officials did what they thought was best. And, yes, maybe Lopez particularly hip brand of humor is better suited for an event like the FBR Open, where the gallery demographic skews more towards his comedic instincts.
 

Marvin writes:I am so tired of all the self-righteous, politically correct, goody two-shoes in golf. So what if Daly has a few beers and gets over the edge now and then. Its his life. Does anyone remember a guy named Champagne Tony Lema? These buttinski types are the same Bushwood members that wanted to keep Lee Trevino off the TOUR, not to mention Charlie Sifford, and have promoted a stuffy members-only tradition that is ruining golf. Leave the man alone.
 

The Comebacker
Yes, its his life. But there are a lot of us who dont want to see him lose it.
 

Andre writes: Im certainly not admonishing Tripp (Isenhour) for killing the eagle, but to say it was an intentional act is probably an overstatement. Yes, he was aiming in the direction of the bird. But to stand over multiple shots with the intent of actually hitting the bird would not only be callous but smack of hatred; the kind of hatred that the television/internet mob assign to people like Michael Vick. And I doubt, without knowing him, that he had malicious intent when hitting the shots. It was a hooded 7-iron that got away from him. Instead of chasing the bird off the post he actually hit the bird. Yes, he should apologize, which he has. He should donate money and time to a humane society which Im sure he will. However, he shouldnt be sanctioned or banned from TOUR events for some length of time. That is just taking it too far.
 
The Comebacker
Several good points made by Andre. Didnt know there was such a thing as the television/internet mob, though.
 

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    Woods: New putter should help on slower greens

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:35 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods’ ice-cold putting showed at least a few signs of heating up earlier this month at The National, where he switched putters and ranked seventh in the field on the greens.

    The mallet-style putter is still in the bag as Woods prepares for The Open, and he’s hoping the heavier model with grooves will prove valuable at Carnoustie.


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    “To be honest with you, I’ve struggled on slower greens throughout my entire career,” Woods said Tuesday. “So for me, it’s going to help on these greens, for sure.”

    To combat the slower greens, Woods usually applied a strip of lead tape to his putter. But this heavier model of putter doesn’t need the extra weight, and the grooves on the putter face allow the ball to get rolling faster and hotter.

    “You don’t necessarily have to do that with the grooves,” he said of the lead tape. “When I putted with the Nike putter, I didn’t have to put lead tape on the putter to get a little more weight to it. I could just leave it just the way it was. This is the same type.”  

    For all of the talk about his putting woes this season, Woods still ranks 56th in strokes gained: putting. More crucial this week: He’s 102nd in approach putt performance, which quantifies how well a player lag putts.

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    Woods: Open best chance for long-term major success

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:26 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods is more than a decade removed from his last major title, but he said Tuesday that The Open is the major that gives him the best chance for long-term success.

    “I would say yes, because of the fact that you don’t have to be long to play on a links-style golf course,” Woods said during his pre-tournament news conference. “It certainly can be done.”


    Full-field tee times from the 147th Open Championship

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    Woods pointed to the late-career success for both Greg Norman (2008) and Tom Watson (2009), both of whom challenged for the claret jug deep into their 50s.

    “Distance becomes a moot point on a links-style golf course,” he said.

    That’s certainly not the case, however, at the Masters, where bombers long have thrived, or the U.S. Open, which places a premium on long and straight driving.

    “You get to places like Augusta National, which is just a big ballpark, and the golf course outgrows you, unfortunately,” he said. “But links-style courses, you can roll the ball. I hit a 3-iron that went down there 330. Even if I get a little bit older, I can still chase some wood or long club down there and hit the ball the same distance.”

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    "Vantage Point with Mike Tirico" set to debut Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel

    By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 17, 2018, 10:15 am

    Special Hour Complementing the Network’s Week-Long Golf Central Live From The Open News Coverage; Premiere Scheduled to Include Interview with 2014 Open Runner-Up Rickie Fowler On-Site from Carnoustie

    Features Include Tirico and Curtis Strange Re-watching ’99 Open at Carnoustie & Jim “Bones” Mackay Facilitating Exclusive Conversation with Caddies Michael Greller, John Wood Recounting Final Round Pairing at 2017 Open

    To help set the table ahead of The 147TH Open at Carnoustie, Golf Channel will premiere Vantage Point with Mike Tirico on Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET. An extension of the network’s week-long Golf Central Live From The Open comprehensive news coverage, Vantage Point will revisit landmark moments in The Open’s history, uncover personal stories relevant to the fabric of the week and feature a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year” on golf’s original championship.

    “It’s a thrill to be going back to The Open again this year, which is a fitting setting to launch this new opportunity,” said Tirico, NBC Sports host who this week will celebrate his 22nd consecutive year covering The Open. “I love being a part of the Golf Channel team during golf’s biggest weeks, and anticipate contributing to our commitment to great storytelling with Vantage Point.”

    Kicking off the premiere of Vantage Point will be Tirico’s exclusive interview with 2014 Open runner-up and 2015 PLAYERS champion Rickie Fowler on-site from Carnoustie. One of Fowler’s favorite events, he has missed just one cut in eight previous appearances at The Open. Other highlights within the show include:

    • Jim “Bones” Mackay facilitating an exclusive conversation between caddies Michael Greller (Jordan Spieth) and John Wood (Matt Kuchar) recounting the final round pairing at The Open last July.
    • Tirico hosting a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year”: David Duval, Tom Lehman and Justin Leonard.
    • A recollection of one of the most unforgettable collapses in major championship golf, when Jean van de Velde surrendered a three-shot lead on the 72nd hole in 1999 at The Open. Tirico and Curtis Strange – both on the live tournament broadcast that year for ABC/ESPN – recently re-watched the telecast together for the first time since calling it live.

     

    “This is harder to watch than I thought it was going to be. I’ve never seen anything like

    that in my life. I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like that again.” – Curtis Strange

     

    “I think I got caught up in the whole deal and felt human for the guy.” – Mike Tirico

     

    Vantage Point with Mike Tirico will complement the network’s Golf Central Live From The Open, which will feature nearly 60 hours of comprehensive news coverage from Carnoustie. In total, NBC Sports will dedicate more than 350 hours to showcasing the third men’s major championship of the year, including nearly 50 live hours of the network’s Emmy-nominated tournament coverage – annually the most live hours of coverage from any golf event – spanning from Thursday’s opening tee shot to Sunday’s final putt.

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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 2018, 8:40 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)