Junior proves golf is more than birdies and bogeys

By Erik PetersonNovember 26, 2008, 5:00 pm
REUNION, Fla. ' In the world of competitive junior golf, the American Junior Golf Association is where the best players come to compete. Its where Tiger Woods learned the fist pump and Paula Creamer became known as the Pink Panther. Its where scorecards bleed red ink, and girls hit it 280 yards. Since its inception in 1978 the AJGA has given kids the platform to say: Hello, World.
 
One player who has said Hello, World both as a golfer and a person is Pontus Widegren, winner of the 2008 AJGA Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award. The award is given out annually to an AJGA member who promotes integrity and sportsmanship in golf. Most importantly, the award serves as a reminder to its members that its simply not enough to possess golf talent. Aspiring collegiate golfers, and future PGA and LPGA pros are reminded that qualities of high character will get you even further.
 
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Sweden's Pontus Widegren has made an impact in the U.S. (AJGA)
Widegren, 18, is your typical Swedish teenager: blonde, extremely polite, and dressed head-to-toe in his countrys blue and yellow. He could be described as quiet, though his demeanor is more confident than anti-social. Hes lived in Stockholm his whole life, and began playing competitive golf when he was 12. Athletic in nature, Widegren quickly realized he possessed a special talent for golf, so he stopped playing tennis and hockey. In 2005 he was invited to play in the AJGA Thunderbird International Junior. It was his first visit to the U.S.
 
The Thunderbird event was my best experience, by far, he said. I was amazed by the tough setup and condition of the course. During my first round I saw [current USC junior] Jamie Lovemark make the turn at five-under. I remember thinking, I didnt know it was possible to shoot that low. It was a great learning experience for me.
 
As he continued to impress at junior golfs highest level, Widegren showed even more aptitude as a person of high character. While competing in the 2007 AJGA Junior Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, Widegren connected with his groups standard bearer, a 12-year-old boy from North Florida. I could tell he really looked up to us as players, Widegren said. When I was his age, I really admired and appreciated the opportunity to be around older golfers who were better than me. They motivated me to get better. I could see the same in him.
 
After one of his rounds, Widegren spent significant time with his new friend on the practice range. I just looked at his swing and gave him a few tips, he said. I knew if I were in his position, it would mean a lot to me to have an older player show interest in my development.
 
A current member of the Swedish National Team, Widegren has enjoyed continued success on the AJGA circuit despite the fact that he has to travel upwards of 5,000 miles to compete. His career highlights include three top-five finishes, including a second-place finish at the 2008 Junior Players. In addition to AJGA events, his affiliation with the Swedish National Team has allowed Widegren the opportunity to travel to four continents. The travel, he admits, can take its toll. This year, Im missing 65 days of school and am spending 120 nights away from home, he said. I usually travel by myself or with the team, so I dont get much time with my family.
 
Widegrens worldly travels are evidence of the AJGAs mission to provide the best-possible competition for junior golfers from all corners of the globe. Many top AJGA events reserve a certain number of spots for international exemptions, and partnerships with other national golf associations are forged in order to give credence to its performance-based entry system, which makes AJGA tournaments more accessible to international players.
 
Rob Jansen, vice president of player services at the AJGA says Widegren is proof that the AJGAs mission is working. The fact that he was able to make such an impression playing in only three events this season speaks volumes of his character, he said. He is a good example of how the AJGA mission extends outside of the United States.
 
Widegren signed a letter of intent with UCLA, where hell begin next fall. Though hes already achieved a lot, he admits he has a long way to go. After UCLA, I want to play professionally and win majors. But as a lesson to the next junior out there who wants to someday say, Hello, World, Widegren is pragmatic. Dont worry about goals, he said. Work hard. The results will come.
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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.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 12:15 pm

Tiger Woods, in search of his 15th career major championship title, started the weekend six off the lead at Carnoustie. We're tracking him in Round 3 of The Open.


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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 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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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.