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By February 5, 2008, 5:00 pm
2007 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-AmThis week the PGA TOUR returns to Pebble Beach, Calif., for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, where host superintendents Chris Dalhamer, Bob Yeo and Manny Sousa had just finished cleaning up their respective courses from a Jan. 4 storm that brought 2.5 inches of rain and 40-50 mph winds, when another five inches of rain came over an eight day period in late January.
 
Yeo, GCSAA Class A superintendent at Spyglass Hill Golf Course, lost 30-35 trees throughout the course in the Jan. 4 storm and spent the following week filling up 15 20-yard dumpsters with tree debris. Their biggest concern heading into the event was getting the rough mowed. The course is going to be wet for the tournament, but it will be playable.
 
Sousa, GCSAA Class A superintendent at Poppy Hills, lost 23 trees in the Jan. 4 storm and spent the next three weeks cleaning up debris and redistributing the sand in bunkers. The course drains well and is in good shape. Sousa has made a few minor changes to the course this year, including new tees on No. 14, No. 15 and No. 4, which stretches the par 5 to 603 yards. He explains that hole locations will be the biggest strategic factor on the tight, tree-lined, shotmakers course. Sousa points to the par 4 No. 5 as an example. Historically the TOUR has picked a center left location for the cup. It ranked 12th among the 18 in difficulty nearly every year of the tournaments first 15 years. Then, two years ago, the TOUR moved the hole to the back right of the green, right against a pond. It not only ranked as the hardest par 4 of the tournament, but for the entire Tour that year.
 
Dalhamer, GCSAA certified golf course superintendent at Pebble Beach Golf Links, doesnt have as many trees as the other two courses, so therefore didnt have as many problems from the Jan. 4 storm, but did face some high surf challenges on the 18th fairway and green, which have since been mitigated. Dalhamer explains that Mother Nature will dictate their golf course management strategies throughout the week. Strategically, Dalhamer explains that holes 8, 9, 10 can make or break a round, as all three are par 4s along the coast where wind can play a factor.

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    Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

    Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

    So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

    Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

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


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    Jordan Spieth: 7/4

    Xander Schauffele: 5/1

    Kevin Kisner: 11/2

    Tiger Woods: 14/1

    Francesco Molinari: 14/1

    Rory McIlroy: 14/1

    Kevin Chappell: 20/1

    Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

    Alex Noren: 25/1

    Zach Johnson: 30/1

    Justin Rose: 30/1

    Matt Kuchar: 40/1

    Webb Simpson: 50/1

    Adam Scott: 80/1

    Tony Finau: 80/1

    Charley Hoffman: 100/1

    Austin Cook: 100/1

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    Wandering photographer costs McIlroy on 16

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:44 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy bogeyed two of his last four holes Saturday to fall four shots off the lead at The Open.

    One of those mistakes might not have entirely been his fault.

    McIlroy missed a short putt on the par-3 16th after a photographer was “in a world all his own,” wandering around near the green, taking photos of the crowd and not paying attention to the action on the green.


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    “It’s fine,” McIlroy said after a third-round 70 put him at 5-under 208, four shots off the lead. “It’s one of those things that happens. There’s a lot of people out there, and it is what it is. It’s probably my fault, but I just didn’t regroup well after it happened.”

    McIlroy also bogeyed the home hole, after driving into a fairway bunker, sending his second shot right of the green and failing to get up and down.

    “I putted well,” he said. “I holed out when I needed to. I just need to make the birdies and try to limit the damage tomorrow.”

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    Kisner not expecting awkward night with Spieth

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:33 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It might get awkward in that star-studded rental house Saturday night.

    Two of the three Open co-leaders, Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner, are sharing a house this week near Carnoustie. Though it’ll be late by the time they both get back to the house Saturday night, they’ll have plenty of time to kill Sunday morning, with their tee times not until nearly 3 p.m. local time.

    “Everybody is probably going to get treatment and eating and trying to find a bed,” Kisner said. “I’m sure there’ll be some conversations. There always are. Everybody has a few horror stories or good laughs over something that happened out there. That will probably be the end of it.”

    One thing they’re almost certain to discuss is the weather.


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    After three days of mostly benign conditions, Sunday’s forecast calls for warm temperatures and wind gusts up to 25 mph.

    “When you watch any TV, that’s all they talk about – how Sunday’s coming,” Kisner said. “It’s going to be a true test, and we’ll get to see really who’s hitting it the best and playing the best.”

    Zach Johnson is also in the house – along with Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker and Jason Dufner – and he rode to the course Saturday with Kisner, with whom he played in the final group, at 4 p.m. It’s unclear whether the co-leaders Sunday will have a similar arrangement.

    This is the third year that Spieth and Co. have shared a house at The Open, though Kisner is a new addition to the group.

    “It’s the end of the week,” Kisner said. “Everybody’s got a lot of stuff going on. Everybody’s going their separate ways tomorrow. Tomorrow morning we’ll all sit around and laugh on the couch and talk about why that guy’s making so many birdies.”

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    Final-round tee times for the 147th Open Championship

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:26 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jordan Spieth begins his quest for a second consecutive claret jug and fourth major overall at 9:45 a.m. ET Sunday at Carnoustie, playing alongside Xander Schauffele. This marks the first time Schauffele has ever held a 54-hole lead in his career.

    The Kevins – Kisner and Chappell – are in the penultimate group, 10 minutes earlier at 9:35 a.m. Kisner is tied with Spieth and Schauffele at 9 under par. Chappell is two shots back at 7 under.

    But it’s the next group that has people interested the most. Tiger Woods is paired with Francesco Molinari at 9:25 a.m. Woods, in search of his 15th major championship and first in 10 years, shot a third-round 66 to vault into a tie for sixth place, four shots behind the lead. He began the day six shots behind. Molinari has two wins and two second-place finishes in his last four events.

    Rory McIlroy was within striking distance of the lead but bogeyed two of the last three holes to drop into a sixth-place tie. He is paired with 2017 Open runner-up Matt Kuchar at 9:05 a.m.

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    3:10AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Rafa Cabrera Bello

    3:20AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Si-Woo Kim

    3:30AM ET: Luke List, Keegan Bradley

    3:40AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

    3:50AM ET: Tyrrell Hatton, Paul Dunne

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    4:10AM ET: Brett Rumford, Kevin Na

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    4:30AM ET: Gavin Green, Ryan Fox

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    4:55AM ET: Sam Locke (a), Masahiro Kawamura

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    5:45AM ET: Thomas Pieters, Stewart Cink

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    7:50AM ET: Haotong Li, Kyle Stanley

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    8:25AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

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    9:15AM ET: Webb Simpson, Alex Noren

    9:25AM ET: Francesco Molinari, Tiger Woods

    9:35AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Kevin Chappell

    9:45AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele