After Further Review: Spieth's similarity to Woods

By Al TaysJuly 13, 2015, 3:12 am

Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on a similarity between Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods, the continuing development of Rickie Fowler and the question of just how many world-class women golfers there are in South Korea, anyway.


Let's get one thing straight right off the bat - Jordan Spieth is not the next Tiger Woods. He might become the next Tiger Woods, yes, but we're talking about the here and now, so no, don't call him the next Tiger. He's the current Jordan Spieth, which is not a bad gig. Human nature being what it is, though, it's only human and only natural to want to compare excellence to excellence. Spieth is the gold standard right now. Tiger in his prime was breathtaking.

One thing struck me about Spieth's performance on Sunday, when he muddled through his first 12 holes in 1 over par, with three bogeys and two birdies. Putts weren't dropping. Approaches weren't covering the flag. I figured it was just that old saw, "The toughest thing to do in golf is to follow up a really low round with something similar" at work. But then Spieth awakened. he birdied four of his last six holes and, improbably, got himself into a playoff. Which he won.

Spieth didn't have his A-game for most of the round, but he was able to summon it when he needed it. That's something Woods used to do in his prime. Some will say that Spieth wasn't exactly facing A-competition, but the answer to that is this: When you have to sink a 20-foot putt to keep your chances alive, the ball doesn't know it's "only" Tom Gillis you're trying to catch. It just knows it has to find the bottom of the cup. And for special players, it does more often than not. - Al Tays 


Winning begets winning. There’s no way to know if Rickie Fowler would have won the Scottish Open without his playoff victory at The Players Championship two months ago, but the two results certainly looked rather familiar. With his back against the wall at Gullane, Fowler rattled off three birdies across his final four holes, including a kick-in on the final green to race past Matt Kuchar.

Fowler was already a player to watch at St. Andrews, and equipped with a career-best world ranking he will certainly be on a number of short lists. His game continues to evolve and improve at an elite level, but the intangible momentum he has derived from winning two trophies this summer can’t be overstated.

For so long, the knock on Fowler was that he didn’t have the hardware to back up the hype. With that notion now a thing of the past, expect his trophy collection to continue to grow. - Will Gray 


Add In Gee Chun to the remarkable wave of young South Koreans storming the women’s game. Chun won the U.S. Women’s Open Sunday with a record-tying 72-hole score, equaling the 272 score set by Juli Inkster at Old Waverly in 1999 and Annika Sorenstam at Pine Needles in 1996. This year’s LPGA’s rookie class is the strongest ever, in great part because Hyo Joo Kim, Sei Young Kim, Ha Na Jang and Q Baek were proven stars in South Korea before they joined the American-based tour. Kim won the Evian Championship late last year before she even joined the American tour. Chun isn’t an LPGA member yet, but she will follow Hyo Joo Kim’s lead. We’ll just have to wait to see if Chun joins the LPGA this year or next. This gifted young player will add to an international tour that’s deeper than it has ever been and will make winning on the LPGA tougher than it has ever been. - Randall Mell

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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.


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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.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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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.”