After Further Review: Daly's new start feels familiar

By Mercer BaggsMay 8, 2016, 10:27 pm

Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds. 

On Daly’s first senior start

John Daly’s PGA Tour Champions debut was marked as the beginning of something new, but it had a lot of familiar feelings. Daly powered 320-yard drives, catered to fans, challenged for the lead and ultimately faltered in the end. He even ignored the print reporters following a triple bogey-par finish on Sunday.

All in all, though, it was a good week for Daly, who had previously played only two competitive events this year. He was more accurate than expected and had a great shot at a top-10 finish. He just needs to make sure that he doesn’t wear himself out (four pro-ams in four days, leading into the 54-hole event). As Fuzzy Zoeller said, Daly is going to have to learn to say no. Just not to the media. – Mercer Baggs

On Hahn's win and the mysteries of golf 

Everyone who picked James Hahn in your PGA Tour pool raise your hands. Liars.

The Wells Fargo Championship winner was fresh off eight consecutive missed cuts and hadn’t broken 70 in a Tour event since February, yet he won his second Tour title, once again in a playoff, on Sunday at Quail Hollow. Asked to explain his sudden change of competitive fortunes, Hahn summed the situation succinctly, “I can’t.”

Three of the world's top-10 players – Rory McIlory, Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose – and Phil Mickelson were likely wrestling with the same question late Sunday, all four finishing within two strokes of Hahn.

Good form and a solid history at a particular event are all solid ways to predict potential success on any given week, but sometimes it’s just your week. - Rex Hoggard

On some lesser-known American winners 

It’s back-to-back wins now for Americans on the PGA Tour, ratcheting up momentum for the Red, White and Blue as the Ryder Cup draws ever closer. Except, this was James Hahn beating Roberto Castro, and last week was Brian Stuard beating Jamie Lovemark – four players who are unlikely to factor this fall at Hazeltine.

A few of the top Americans won early in the year, names like Spieth, Watson and Snedeker. But more recently the Americans lifting trophies have been the likes of Hahn, Stuard, Jim Herman and Vaughn Taylor – not exactly prime captain’s pick candidates. This latest result came after Rickie Fowler gave up a 54-hole lead, the second time this year he has let a domestic victory get away after an early win in Abu Dhabi.

Will winning in May help hole putts in October? Probably not. If anything, a run of results that differs from what we’ve seen out of American stars leading into the last half-dozen Ryder Cups could at least be viewed as a change of pace.

But if the U.S. is going to end its Ryder Cup drought this fall, the heavy hitters need to build some confidence this summer. A few pieces of hardware wouldn’t hurt, and next week at TPC Sawgrass might be a good place to start working toward that end. - Will Gray

On the rise of Thailand in women's golf 

And now here come the Thai in women’s golf. Asia continues to explode with talent in the women’s game.

Ariya Jutanugarn’s breakthrough victory Sunday at the Yokohama Tire Classic is yet another sign Thailand’s getting ready to step up and join the Asian reign in the women’s game. Jutanugarn is the first player from Thailand to win an LPGA event, but there’s a line of emerging Thai players looking to join her. Fellow countrywoman Pornanong Phatlum has been knocking on the door to an LPGA victory for the last four years, with second-place finishes in each of those years. Ariya’s older sister, Moriya, was the LPGA Rookie of the Year three seasons ago. Back in December, a wave of eight players from Thailand burst through LPGA Q-School gaining full or conditional status. China’s beginning to come on now, too. Last month, China beat out defending champion Spain as one of the eight nations qualifying for this summer’s UL International Crown. In fact, China finished seventh in team qualifying, ahead of Australia.

Ten of the 12 winners of LPGA events this year are Asian-born players. An 11th, Minjee Lee, was born in Australia to Korean parents. Lee’s mother was a golf instructor in Korea before moving to Australia. - Randall Mell

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More sun, dry conditions expected early at Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 18, 2018, 9:14 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – An atypically dry Scottish summer is expected to continue this week at The Open.

There’s a possibility of a few showers Thursday and Friday, but otherwise conditions are expected to remain dry with temperatures around 70 degrees and winds in the 15-20 mph range.

The forecast for the opening round at Carnoustie is sunshine with clouds developing later in the day. The high is expected to be around 70 degrees, with winds increasing throughout the day, maxing out at 18 mph.

There’s a chance of rain overnight Thursday and into Friday morning, but it’s not expected to slow down the fiery conditions.

It’s been one of the driest summers in recent memory, leading to fairways that are baked out and fescue rough that is lighter and thinner than in previous years.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 18, 2018, 8:40 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  

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; or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (

Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (

Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM ( Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (

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Lincicome grouped with two rookies in Barbasol

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 2018, 9:54 pm

Brittany Lincicome will tee it up with a pair of rookies when she makes her first start in a PGA Tour event Thursday at the Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky.

Lincicome, an eight-time LPGA winner, is scheduled to go off the 10th tee at 9:59 a.m. ET in the first round with Sam Ryder, 28, and Conrad Shindler, 29. They’re off the first tee Friday at 2:59 p.m. ET

Lincicome will become just the sixth woman to play in a PGA Tour event, joining Babe Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Michelle Wie.

“The first three or four holes, I’ll be a nervous wreck, for sure,” Linicome said.