Caddies Giants jerseys in honor of San Francisco

By Doug FergusonOctober 8, 2009, 4:36 am
Presidents Cup

SAN FRANCISCO – The American caddies endeared themselves to the gallery at Harding Park on the final day of practice by wearing San Francisco Giants jerseys with their players’ name stitched on the back.

Fittingly, the caddie for Tiger Woods wore No. 24.

Not surprisingly, Steve Williams had never even heard of a guy named Willie Mays.

“I told you I don’t know him,” Williams said. “Your job is to tell me who he is.”

Williams made no apologies for not being aware of one of baseball’s greatest players.

“That’s probably the one sport I have never followed,” he said. “I don’t watch ESPN, and I don’t know anything about baseball.”

The idea came from John Wood, the caddie for Hunter Mahan who grew up in Sacramento and is a huge Giants fan. Since he couldn’t get them playoff tickets this week, he arranged for the jerseys.

The jerseys will be auctioned off for charity.

Steve Stricker’s caddie wore No. 25 – Barry Bonds – which was a peculiar choice since most didn’t see any similarities between baseball’s all-time home run leader and Stricker, whose game is built around the shortest club in the bag. And it most likely had nothing to do with their personalities.

Even more peculiar was Justin Leonard’s caddie wearing No. 44 – slugger Willie McCovey.

Phil Mickelson’s man went with No. 51 – Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum. Lest anyone forget, Mickelson tried out for a Triple A baseball team as a pitcher in 2003.

“Mickelson thinks he can pitch, but that’s not the case,” Mahan said with a laugh. “They’re both lefties (Mickelson actually throws right), but Phil thinks he can do everything. He can’t pitch for nothing.”

Wood, meanwhile, took No. 22. The caddie has always been a Will Clark fan, and one of the highlights as a caddie came in 2006, when Clark played in the pro-am at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans and Wood caddied for him.

Well, he was supposed to caddie for him. Just his luck, the pro-am was rained out.

O’HAIR’S SHRINKING WALLET: Sean O’Hair apparently didn’t learn his lesson.

He warmed up for the Tour Championship by playing six days with his buddies in Philadelphia, conceding that he lost a lot of money by giving too many strokes to one of the better players.

O’Hair played against Michael Jordan on Monday with a similar result.

“I’ve lost a lot of money to him,” O’Hair said. “I’m probably the only player in the history of golf that it has actually cost money to play in this event.”

O’Hair gave him 12 shots because Jordan claims an 8 handicap, “which was the biggest crock I’ve ever heard in my entire life.”

“He won the bets on the first hole, let’s just put it that way,” O’Hair said. “He’s a good player, though.”

O’Hair considers it money well-spent, considering it meant time spending time with Jordan. The basketball great talked to O’Hair about believing in himself, and carried that into Tuesday’s formal practice round when they bet on various putts O’Hair had to make.

He lost most of those bets, too.

“I would take him over any psychologist,” O’Hair said. “It’s been a lot of fun. To me, it’s worth the money. It’s a memory that I’ll have for the rest of my life, and I’ll be telling my grandkids about it. It’s been a lot of fun the last couple of days.”

BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY: Adam Scott might have been the biggest surprise among captain’s pick as the Australian endures the worst slump of his career, so bad that he didn’t make past the first round of the PGA Tour Playoffs.

If nothing else, he comes to the Presidents Cup prepared.

“I’ve been working my (tail) off for three weeks trying to get my game as good as I possibly can,” Scott said. “And it was solid last week. I wish it was 100 percent this week, but it was really something good to come into here with some solid stuff and not erratic golf like I have been playing.”

Scott played at Turning Stone last week and tied for 35th at 8-under 280. It was his best result on the PGA Tour since a tie for 33rd in the Accenture Match Play Championship – that’s a first-round exit – and the best in stroke play since he was a runner-up at the Sony Open in January. Scott also tied for fourth in the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond this summer.

There was some thinking that Scott being picked would motivate him. He dismissed that quickly.

“I didn’t need a kick in the pants to work hard,” he said. “I’ve never worked harder in my life than this year. But certainly, it gave me a big confidence boost just to get on the team.”

NO AMY: The American wives sat together during the opening ceremony, minus a familiar face.

Amy Mickelson was not at Harding Park as she recovers from breast cancer. It will be the first Presidents Cup she has missed.

Asked if he would appear this week, Mickelson said, “It’s possible, but unlikely.”

LONG TRIP: Ernie Els wins the award for longest trip to Harding Park.

True, Ryo Ishikawa came over from Japan. Els took an even longer route by going from Atlanta (Tour Championship) to Scotland for the Dunhill Championship last week, a tournament that ended on Monday because it was delayed by high wind. Els left Scotland on Monday for Florida to pick up his wife, Liezl, and made it to San Francisco in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

Els abandoned his foursomes practice round with Adam Scott on the 14th hole.

“Yesterday I was fine,” he said. “Today … we played alternate shot, so it wasn’t too much work for me. I feel a bit down today, a little tired. But I slept a lot. I mean, it was about a 12 1/2 -hour flight. Slept most of the way.”

DIVOTS: Robert Allenby and Vijay Singh have combined to play in 43 team matches at the Presidents Cup. This will be the first time they have played together. … Among those following Tiger Woods’ group during the practice round were the parents of Michelle Wie, who now live in Los Altos as their daughter goes to Stanford. Wie is in Copenhagen until Saturday helping with golf’s bid to get in the Olympics. … Steve Stricker will be Woods’ eighth partner in the Presidents Cup. That list includes John Huston.

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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”

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After 36, new Open favorite is ... Fleetwood

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 7:49 pm

With a handful of the pre-championship favorites exiting early, there is a new odds-on leader entering the third round of The Open at Carnoustie.

While Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner share the 36-hole lead, it's England's Tommy Fleetwood who leads the betting pack at 11/2. Fleetwood begins the third round one shot off the lead.

Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at

Tommy Fleetwood: 11/2

Zach Johnson: 13/2

Rory McIlroy: 7/1

Jordan Spieth: 8/1

Rickie Fowler: 9/1

Kevin Kisner: 12/1

Xander Schauffele: 16/1

Tony Finau: 16/1

Matt Kuchar: 18/1

Pat Perez: 25/1

Brooks Koepka: 25/1

Erik van Rooyen: 50/1

Alex Noren: 50/1

Tiger Woods: 50/1

Thorbjorn Olesen: 60/1

Danny Willett: 60/1

Francesco Molinari: 60/1