Power Rankings: 2015 John Deere Classic

By Will GrayJuly 7, 2015, 12:20 pm

The 35th event of the wraparound season is upon us, as the PGA Tour heads to Illinois for the John Deere Classic. A field of 156 will tackle TPC Deere Run, which has been the site of plenty of final-round heroics in recent years.

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Brian Harman won this event a year ago by one shot over Zach Johnson. Here are 10 players to watch in Silvis:

1. Jordan Spieth: No better place to begin this list than with Spieth, who earned his breakthrough win here in 2013 and finished T-7 last year in defense of his title. After a second major win at Chambers Bay in his last start, Spieth has no shortage of confidence and will be the man to watch this week.

2. Zach Johnson: This is always a tournament the Iowa native circles on his schedule. Johnson won here in 2012 and has finished second each of the last two years, with a T-3 finish in 2011 preceding his victory. He enters with plenty of form, with eight top-20 finishes over his last 10 starts including a sixth-place showing at the Travelers Championship.

3. Kevin Kisner: Kisner still hasn't cracked the winner's circle, but he is still having an incredible season. The Greenbrier marked his third playoff loss in the last 12 weeks, and Kisner has now rattled off six top-15 finishes in his last eight starts dating back to the RBC Heritage.

4. Steve Stricker: It wasn't very long ago that this was a spot where fantasy golfers circled Stricker months in advance. He won here three straight times from 2009-11, and hasn't finished worse than T-11 since 2006. While he doesn't have much momentum after a MC at The Greenbrier, Stricker always seems to find his footing at TPC Deere Run.

5. Tony Finau: The long-hitting rookie just continues to impress. Finau finished T-13 at The Greenbrier and has now reeled off seven straight top-25 finishes dating back to the Wells Fargo Championship. Finau has 19 of 28 rounds in the 60s during that stretch, and he ranks 14th in birdie average.

6. Robert Streb: Streb's playoff loss at The Greenbrier was his fourth top-25 finish in his last five starts. Now equipped with all 14 clubs after putting with a wedge during the final round last week, Streb should continue his recent run of form. He ranks 15th in GIR percentage and 19th in total strokes gained. 

7. Justin Thomas: Thomas held sole possession of the lead with 10 holes to go at The Greenbrier, and while he collapsed coming home he demonstrated that he has shown that he has the chops to contend on the PGA Tour. The rookie has six top-10 finishes, ranks seventh on Tour in the all-around and 11th in birdie average.

8. Steven Bowditch: The Aussie hasn't slowed since his win in Dallas, and has now put together four top-25 finishes across his last five starts after a T-13 result in West Virginia. Bowditch finished T-12 in Silvis in 2013 and followed with a T-11 finish last year that included an opening-round 64.

9. Ryan Moore: Moore has become a regular presence on the John Deere leaderboards, with three straight top-25 finishes including last year's T-7 result. The veteran won earlier this year in Malaysia and has eight top-25 finishes to his credit, including a T-18 finish at the Memorial.

10. Chad Campbell: Campbell has shown a bit of mid-season form, with a pair of top-25s followed by a T-37 finish at The Greenbrier, and he has a strong track record at TPC Deere Run. Campbell has cracked the top 15 each of the last two years and has four such results over the past seven years.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 10:15 am

Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.


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McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

Said Harmon:

“Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


“He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

“This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

“Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.

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How The Open cut line is determined

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:57 am

Scores on Day 1 of the 147th Open Championship ranged from 5-under 66 to 11-over 82.

The field of 156 players will be cut nearly in half for weekend play at Carnoustie. Here’s how the cut line works in the season’s third major championship:


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


• After 36 holes, the low 70 players and ties will advance to compete in the final two rounds. Anyone finishing worse than that will get the boot. Only those making the cut earn official money from the $10.5 million purse.

• There is no 10-shot rule. That rule means anyone within 10 shots of the lead after two rounds, regardless of where they stand in the championship, make the cut. It’s just a flat top 70 finishers and ties.

• There is only a single cut at The Open. PGA Tour events employ an MDF (Made cut Did not Finish) rule, which narrows the field after the third round if more than 78 players make the cut. That is not used at this major.

The projected cut line after the first round this week was 1 over par, which included 71 players tied for 50th or better.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:30 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)