Power Rankings: 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

By Will GrayFebruary 8, 2016, 6:48 pm

The 2016 fantasy golf season rolls right along, as the PGA Tour returns to California this week for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. A field of 156 players will tackle a rotation of three different courses, culminating with Sunday's final round on the scenic shores of the Monterey Peninsula.

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Brandt Snedeker won this event last year by three shots over Nick Watney. Here are 10 players to watch in Pebble Beach:

1. Dustin Johnson: Since 2008, DJ has basically been the unofficial King of Pebble. He has teed it up at Pebble Beach nine times, including the 2010 U.S. Open, and has finished T-8 or better seven times. That includes wins at this event in both 2009 and 2010, and Johnson enters off a solid T-18 finish two weeks ago at Torrey Pines.

2. Jordan Spieth: The world No. 1 has taken a week off to rest after a globetrotting stretch, and now he returns to an event where he finished T-7 last year and T-4 the year prior. Spieth is a threat to contend anytime he steps to the tee, but he appears to have developed a comfort zone at this event and hasn't lost much steam since lapping the field in Maui.

3. Jimmy Walker: Walker is another player who has turned the Monterey Peninsula into his personal ATM, as his T-21 finish last year snapped a run of four straight top-10s at this event. That includes a convincing win in 2014 and Walker has opened the new year with three straight top-15s despite letting the trophy slip away in San Diego.

4. Brandt Snedeker: Snedeker was the beneficiary of Walker's backpedal two weeks ago, and he now looks to win at Pebble Beach for the third time in the last four years. While he cooled off somewhat last week in Phoenix, Snedeker is still riding high from a trio of top-3 finishes to start the year as equipment tweaks continue to pay dividends.

5. Jason Day: The Aussie missed the cut at Torrey while battling the flu, but if he is again healthy he will likely contend. Day has finished T-6 or better three times at Pebble Beach, including two of the last three years. With Spieth and Rory McIlroy both getting off to strong starts in the new year, Day could be motivated to re-assert his spot among the game's top tier.

6. Phil Mickelson: Mickelson continues to show signs of promise under new swing coach Andrew Getson, highlighted by his T-11 finish in Phoenix. While he still has a few loose shots each round, he seems headed in the right direction and his Pebble record includes three wins from 2005-2012.

7. J.B. Holmes: Holmes followed a T-6 finish in San Diego by replicating the result at TPC Scottsdale, giving him plenty of momentum heading into his third straight start. The bomber finished T-10 last year at Pebble and was also a runner-up back in 2010, with four top-20 results in nine starts at this event.

8. Patrick Reed: Reed hasn't played since withdrawing from Farmers because of a foot injury, but he should be back to full speed this week at Pebble Beach where he has cracked the top 30 each of the last three years. That form includes a T-7 finish in 2013, and Reed showed with a runner-up finish at Kapalua that he could be poised for a big year.

9. Bubba Watson: After creating plenty of drama with his comments in Phoenix, Watson now heads to Pebble where he hasn't played since a T-44 finish in 2007. He has top-15 finishes in each of his two starts since a win in the Bahamas in December, but it remains to be seen how well the long-hitting southpaw can adjust to the trio of courses in rotation this week.

10. Shane Lowry: The Irishman toughed out some dismal weather in San Diego (T-13), then turned around and finished T-6 in Scottsdale. He is becoming more and more comfortable playing in the U.S., as evidenced by his win last year in Akron, and Lowry finished T-21 last year in his Pebble Beach debut.

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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.

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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

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

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

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

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.”