Weiskopf - An Enigma

By George WhiteMay 27, 2002, 4:00 pm
Tom Weiskopf always was an enigma. At times brilliant with a golf club, at times so angry he was pitiful with it. At the Kemper, though, he was simply brilliant.
 
In the 1970s when the tournament was held at Charlotte, N.C., he virtually owned first place. He won for the first time in 1971, prevailing in a star-studded playoff with Gary Player, Lee Trevino and Dale Douglass. He had an easier time in 1973, winning a three-stroke victory over Lanny Wadkins. In 1976, he finished second, one stroke behind Joe Inman. And in 1977, he once again was the winner, this time by two over Bill Rogers and George Burns.
 
Weiskopf was the hottest golfer on the planet save Jack Nicklaus in the 15-year stretch between 1968 and 1982. He won 15 times, and during a three-month stretch in 1973 he won five times in eight starts, including the British Open. He finished second in the Masters four times, and at the U.S. Open between 1976 and 79, he finished second, third, fourth and fourth.
 
It was in 1984, after the Kemper had moved to Congressional Country Club near Washington, D.C., that Weiskopf realized he had had enough.
 
I remember it very well, Weiskopf said. I walked off the golf course. That was the last year I competed on the regular tour. I was extremely frustrated when I played in that Kemper. And I later, about two months later, quit playing just because I was so frustrated with myself.
 
It had all started with a boy who was the son of a mother and father who were both outstanding golfers, with plus-2 handicaps. Despite the golfing prowess of mom and pop, Weiskopf didnt begin playing until he was 15 years old and a caddie in Massilon, Ohio. But when he finally played, he shot a 92 the first time out and he was hooked. He shot in the 70s within three months and accepted a golf scholarship to Ohio State in 1960.
 
At Ohio State, they had another pretty good golfer ' a fellow named Jack Nicklaus. He was an upperclassman, almost three years older than Weiskopf, but he was an invaluable friend to the young freshman.
 
He was very nice to me, Weiskopf said in a Golf World magazine interview. He showed me a few things, but mostly I just watched this guy. I had never seen anybody play like that.
 
Weiskopf, unfortunately, would be compared to Nicklaus throughout his career. Both were from Ohio, both went to Ohio State, both had awesome physical abilities. But whereas Nicklaus had a mental game second to none, Weiskopf was more or less an angry young man in his years on the tour. Weiskopf appreciated a challenge, but once he had met the challenge, he wasnt interested in doing it again. It eventually drove him away from being an active player.
 
It was a British Open victory over Johnny Miller in his banner year of 73 that first planted the seeds of retirement. I think it kind of ended my career, to tell you the truth, said Weiskopf. It was like, Finally I won a major. Its all over and I won the best.
 
He carried on, though, and in 1983 won the Western Open playing the best Ive ever played from tee to green for four straight days. After that, he knew he couldnt do any better. I knew I was through, he admitted.
 
When it finally ended in 84, Weiskopf hung em up and set his mind to designing golf courses. He and partner Jay Morrish have been hugely successful, culminating in the creation of Loch Lomond golf course near Glasgow, Scotland. A big European Tour event has been held annually at Loch Lomand leading up to the British Open.
 
Once again, though, he is eyeing his golf clubs and starting to think about playing some Senior Tour events. Who is this Tom Weiskopf, anyway?
 
My wife said it best about 20 years ago, said Weiskopf in 1995 at the U.S. Senior Open at Congressional. She said, Who is this guy that I am reading about in the paper, because that is not my Tom.
 
I think I was always a little bit of a misunderstood person I would hope that I am a different player than I was when I played here in 1984.
 
I never was one to blame the course or blame the situation or whatever. I always blamed myself, and sure, we do things that we are not very ' no, I wont say that. But yeah, I am a different person today. I would hope that I am. But I wasnt quite the individual that I think people portrayed me as.
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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.


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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

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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.


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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

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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.”

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After 36, new Open favorite is ... Fleetwood

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 7:49 pm

With a handful of the pre-championship favorites exiting early, there is a new odds-on leader entering the third round of The Open at Carnoustie.

While Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner share the 36-hole lead, it's England's Tommy Fleetwood who leads the betting pack at 11/2. Fleetwood begins the third round one shot off the lead.

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

Tommy Fleetwood: 11/2

Zach Johnson: 13/2

Rory McIlroy: 7/1

Jordan Spieth: 8/1

Rickie Fowler: 9/1

Kevin Kisner: 12/1

Xander Schauffele: 16/1

Tony Finau: 16/1

Matt Kuchar: 18/1

Pat Perez: 25/1

Brooks Koepka: 25/1

Erik van Rooyen: 50/1

Alex Noren: 50/1

Tiger Woods: 50/1

Thorbjorn Olesen: 60/1

Danny Willett: 60/1

Francesco Molinari: 60/1