Looping for DiMarco

By George WhiteSeptember 15, 2005, 4:00 pm
Its an odd relationship, this one between professional golfer and professional caddy. Sometimes, in these interpersonal relationships, a golfer doesnt act like a professional. But then, sometimes the caddy doesnt, either. So goes the life of the strange twosome on the PGA Tour.
Caddy Joe LaCava is to Freddie Couples what a mans glove is to his hand. Phil Mickelson and Jim Mackay are in their 14th year of professional bliss. When its right, as they say, its right.
Which brings to mind Chris DiMarco and his Man Friday, Pat OBryan. They are about as content as peas in a pod ' make that Gators in a pond.
Chris DiMarco
Sometimes it's best for a caddie to give his boss some space.
DiMarco is a University of Florida graduate. OBryan briefly went to school there, but he is a bona fide, rootin tootin Gator backer. That was Question No. 1 on his caddy exam. That was part of the job description for him, DiMarco says, and he was only half-kidding. A caddy who roots for anyone else is going to have a hard time getting along with the boss.
Yes, the two chat often during a tournament about Gator business. Golf can wait until its time for Chris to play a shot. First things first, and the first thing is the football team. And both have very definite ideas about how the Florida program should be run.
Oh, we always disagree, DiMarco said on the eve of the 84 Lumber tournament. We are both very strong and we both think we're always right.
We will get in little arguments on the golf course. Usually it's about Gator football or stats from the night before. He's always good about letting me be the one right about the golf. But if it's something else, if it's a score or something - yeah, we'll go back and forth.
OBryan has been toting for DiMarco for six years now, which is an eternity on the PGA Tour where players split up with caddies as often as they change putters. But this is a combination that works. Players like to say there are the three ups that they expect their caddies to do ' show up, keep up and shut up. But just as often, its about personalities as well as mechanics. And DiMarco believes OBryan has them both.
A good caddie needs to know when to do all three (of the ups), said Chris.
My caddie has never missed a tee time in six years - knock on wood, he's always there, he's always ready as far as keeping up, and he knows when he should say things and when he should interject and when he shouldn't. That's what you can ask of your caddie, and we've had great success together. We've been in the top 20 every year he's caddied for me.
OBryan is very shy and doesnt particularly warm up to interviews. But thats all right with DiMarco. The man punches the clock every day and speaks when asked for his opinions by Chris. And he does it even when DiMarco doesnt particularly like what OBryan has to say.
We've had good things happen on the course, and bad things happen on the course, says DiMarco. There's plenty of times where I've been very upset with him, and that's been the biggest change for us is him asserting himself more in situations when they matter. (Hes) not afraid to tell me to switch clubs because he doesn't think it's the right club.
DiMarco, who admits that he jettisoned caddies before who were too gabby, also admits that at times he is too mouthy to OBryan. If OBryan suggests a club that turns out to wrong, DiMarco says he gives OBryan crap for the error. But, Chris says, thats why he thinks so much of OBryan as a caddy
That's the sign of a good caddy, when he's not afraid to stand up and say something, says DiMarco.
And OBryan did another job on Sunday at the Masters this year when DiMarco took Tiger Woods to a playoff before losing. He was DiMarcos psychologist, something that DiMarco needed at the time. He was finishing up the third round Sunday morning ' delayed by a Saturday thunderstorm. In the back nine of the third round Chris shot a 40. He needed to hear something to break up the bad vibes.
We walked off the morning round on Sunday and we both looked at each other and said we didn't hit a bad shot, and I shot 40, said DiMarco. I hit it right to the hole every time, and unfortunately, it just added up to 40 that side.
He said, Go home and relax and we'll come back out, and we did a really good job of erasing that and going out and playing golf.
DiMarco shot a nervy 68 in the fourth round to get into a playoff, seven shots ahead of everyone save Woods.
OBryan, though, has a story like many caddies on the tour ' he went to three different universities, Tennessee, Florida and South Florida. And he tried several jobs before he stumbled upon life as a caddy ' he was a substitute teacher, he installed carpet, even took a turn at driving a taxi. But he went out to a Nationwide Tour event in his hometown of Ft. Myers, Fla., and volunteered his services to the caddymaster, who assigned him to a player. And OBryan had found his calling.
For some caddies, the fourth up seems to be, grow up. For some, it seems to be give up when they try to get along with their bosses. But these two seem to have found the right formula.
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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 9:00 am

Tiger Woods shot his second consecutive 70 on Friday at Carnoustie and enters weekend play at even par for the championship, still in contention for major No. 15.

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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.

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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

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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