Fantasy Island: RBC Canadian Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2011, 1:00 pm experts offer up their picks for the RBC Canadian Open. Each week a panel of experts will offer up their picks from three groups of players based on Golf Channel's new fantasy game, Fantasy Challenge. We will also keep track of their scores and standings. The panel consists of: senior writers Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell and Jason Sobel; contributors John Hawkins and Charlie Rymer; editorial director Jay Coffin; 'Morning Drive' hosts Gary Williams and Erik Kuselias; contributor Win McMurry; writer for's ProGolf Talk, Ryan Ballengee; and's Rob Bolton.

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In parentheses, next to the names, are the participants' 2011 points earned and ranking among the 17 Fantasy Challenge 'experts.'

Rex Hoggard

Rex Hoggard (8,680,226; 5th)

Group A: Matt Kuchar: That missed cut at Royal St. George’s likely didn’t sit well with the Englishman.

Group B: Lucas Glover: Few are driving the ball better than the former U.S. Open champion.

Group C: Anthony Kim: The three-time PGA Tour winner has been telling anyone that would listen that he’s “close.”         

Randall Mell

Randall Mell (6,791,399; 11th)

Group A: Charl Schwartzel: Will make his debut in this event memorable.

Group B: Ryan Moore: Good memories last time he teed it up at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club (T-2).

Group C: Anthony Kim: Riding momentum, confidence from strong British.

Jason Sobel

Jason Sobel (N/A, N/A)

Group A: Luke Donald: Always go with a guy who's sponsored by the title sponsor.

Group B: Ryan Moore: It's a quick trip from his native Tacoma, Wash., to Vancouver.

Group C: Matt McQuillan: Best Canadian available? Maybe not, but the rookie has shown signs of life in recent weeks.

Charlie Rymer

Charlie Rymer (7,967,956; 6th)

Group A: Matt Kuchar: Shaughnessy is a very difficult golf course and I think his consistent ball striking will give him an edge.

Group B: Ryan Moore: Moore is from just down the road in Seattle so he is familiar with these parts..

Group C: Anthony Kim: For the first time this season, seems to be gathering momentum.

John Hawkins

John Hawkins (7,953,198; 7th)

Group A: Matt Kuchar: Should be motivated after last week.

Group B: Ryan Moore: Almost won here couple years back.

Group C: Anthony Kim: Are you sure he's spoda be in the C group?

Jay Coffin

Jay Coffin (9,949,064; 3rd)

Group A: Matt Kuchar: Surprised he didn't go better at the British Open. Will be surprised it he plays poorly 2 weeks in a row.

Group B: Lucas Glover: Hard to tell how much of a Hangover he'll have from Royal St. George's. He's had a great year though.

Group C: Anthony Kim: Good value in this group. Perhaps he found some momentum from a good British performance.

Erik Kuselias

Erik Kuselias (6,517,410; 12th)

Group A: Charl Schwartzel: Along with his win at Augusta National, he finished T9 at Congressional and T-16 at Royal St. George’s.

Group B: Rickie Fowler: Just two weeks after he held and lost the 54-hole lead at the AT&T National, he records his best major finish last week at Royal St. George’s with T-5.

Group C: Anthony Kim: Hey, I’m just following the rules. A.K. is a C Pick this week. Tends to play well in streaks, A.K. also finished T5 at Royal St. George’s last week.

Win McMurry

 Win McMurry (10,509,639; 2nd)

 Group A: Luke Donald: Look for him to contend in front of his RBC sponsors.

 Group B: Ryan Moore: The Seattle native is close to home playing in Vancouver. The last time the tournament was played here he tied for second.

Group C: Spencer Levin: He’s quietly inside the top-30 in the FedEx Cup with 10 top-10s in 21 starts.

Ryan Ballengee

Ryan Ballengee (5,714,299; 15th)

Group A: Charl Schwartzel: Schwartzel was in the heat of it at the Open, which perhaps is a sign he is the pick of the A litter.

Group B: Blake Adams: Adams had a solid finish at the Canadian Open last year, but he also was on '59 Watch' last week at Annandale en route to a T-9.

Group C: John Mallinger: After a very rough start to the year for Mallinger, he has made big strides in each of his last three cuts made.

Rob Bolton

Rob Bolton (7,029,789; 10th)

Group A: Charl Schwartzel: Man of few mistakes should love challenging Shaughnessy..

Group B: Ryan Moore: Seattle native shared second here in 2005.

Group C: Spencer Levin: His consistency trumps Anthony Kim’s sudden T5 at the British in this group.

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Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

“There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.

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In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

“To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

“To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.