Spieth grouped with D. Johnson, Gretzky at Pebble

By Will GrayFebruary 10, 2016, 1:33 am

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif – Eight months after they were inextricably linked at the U.S. Open, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson will walk the fairways together for the first three rounds of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Here are five feature pairings to keep an eye on this week on the Monterey Peninsula (all times ET):

(Note: Course rotation for each group below will be Spyglass Hill, followed by Monterey Peninsula CC and Pebble Beach Golf Links):

J.B. Holmes/Chris O'Donnell and Bubba Watson/Mark Wahlberg: 11:11 a.m. Thursday, 12:50 p.m. Friday, 11:55 a.m. Saturday

Watson was basically recruited to play this event by Wahlberg, and the southpaw will be making his first appearance at Pebble Beach since 2007. He'll be joined by another long hitter in Holmes, who enters off back-to-back top-10 finishes and will play with O'Donnell as his amateur partner, an actor and longtime tournament staple.

Jordan Spieth/Jake Owen and Dustin Johnson/Wayne Gretzky: 11:55 a.m. Thursday, 11:11 a.m. Friday, 12:39 p.m. Saturday

The world No. 1 will be making his first PGA Tour start since lapping the field at Kapalua, and he'll be joined by the man that in large part handed him the trophy last summer at Chambers Bay. Johnson has been the best player at this event over the last decade, winning in both 2009 and 2010, and he'll again play alongside his future father-in-law and former hockey great.

Phil Mickelson/John Veihmeyer and Patrick Reed/James Dunne: 11:55 a.m. Thursday, 11:11 Friday, 12:39 p.m. Saturday

This group will include two of Callaway's biggest stars, as Mickelson seeks his fourth Pebble Beach title after a T-11 finish in Phoenix. Reed hasn't played since withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance Open because of a foot injury. Mickelson's partner is the global chairman of KPMG, while Reed's partner is an investment banker and regular Pebble participant.

Justin Rose/Justin Timberlake and William McGirt/Alfonso Ribeiro: 12:06 p.m. Thursday, 11:22 a.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday

Like Watson, Rose was lured into this week's field by his playing partner rather than the other way around. Timberlake will surely draw some casual fans, as will Ribeiro who starred as Carlton on the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."

Brandt Snedeker/Toby Wilt and Davis Love III/Aneel Bhusri: 12:50 p.m. Thursday, 12:06 p.m. Friday, 11:11 a.m. Saturday

Snedeker is the defending champ, and he and Wilt paired to win the pro-am portion of this event when Snedeker also hoisted the trophy back in 2013. He will look to continue his momentum after his surprising win at Torrey Pines and will be paired with Love, a former champ who is making his 29th career start in this event.

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McIlroy 'committed to everything ... ran out of holes'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy summed it up: “I don’t really feel like it’s a defeat. I feel like it’s a good week.”

McIlroy, in search of his fifth major, tied for the lead at The Open late on Sunday at Carnoustie when he made eagle on the par-5 14th hole. An hour later, he had made five consecutive pars to close out a 1-under 70 and tie for second place with Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

That group ended two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. McIlroy thought it was realistic to squeeze one more shot out of his round, but he never though it was possible to squeeze out two.

“I committed to everything,” he said. “I hit the shots when I needed to. I made good swings on 17 and on 18. I just ran out of holes.”

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McIlroy hasn’t played poorly this year, but this hasn't been a year that would rank as a total success. He took the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and collected a second-place finish at the BMW PGA Championship. He had a legitimate chance to win the Masters before a terrible Sunday round, and then missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month at Shinnecock Hills.

Sunday at Carnoustie, McIlroy bogeyed two of his first five holes and quickly became an afterthought. When others faltered, McIlroy birdies Nos. 9 and 11, then eagled 14 to vault back into the picture.

“I’m happy with how I played,” he said. “I didn’t get off to a great start, but I hung in there, and I battled back.

“So I’ll look back at this week and be very encouraged about what I’ve done and the golf that I played. I feel like that will stand me in good stead for what’s coming up.”

McIlroy is scheduled to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks, followed by the PGA Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs.

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Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:54 pm

Francesco Molinari played a bogey-free weekend at Carnoustie to claim Italy's first claret jug.

His rock-solid performance in the final round earned him his share of social media plaudits.

Here's a collection of Twitter hat-tips, and we start off with Frankie's brother, Dodo.

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Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.

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“I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

“Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.

We compiled some of their missives below:

Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.