Stock Watch: The highs and lows from 2014

By Ryan LavnerDecember 9, 2014, 1:29 pm

Each week on, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf. This is the season-ending edition, looking at the 2014 golf year in its entirety.


Rory (+10%): Remember that pudgy lad with the moptop? He’s been transformed into the ripped badass who pummeled courses with his aerial assault and put the golf world in a full nelson.

Lydia Ko (+9%): How dispiriting it must be for the LPGA elite, losing to a 17-year-old kid who over the next few years will only get bigger, stronger and better. Godspeed.

Rickie (+8%): Until this year he was known mostly for his wild hair, motocross background and flashy outfits. Now, he’s recognized as the third player in history to post top 5s in all four majors in the same season, though he’s the only one without a W. He can’t take a back seat to Rory forever ... right?

LPGA (+7%): Stacy Lewis swept the season-ending awards, Lydia Ko won the year-long race, Michelle Wie captured that elusive major and Cheyenne Woods earned her tour card. So, Mike Whan, about that encore ...

P-Reed (+6%): He’s bold, brash and, best of all, better than a lot of PGA Tour players. Not quite top 5, but he’ll get there sooner than later.

Jordan Spieth (+5%): At 21, the kid had almost become underappreciated before this torrid run around the globe. Seriously, folks: Tiger reached three pro wins only four months faster. Monster things are ahead.

Good Bubba (+4%): More than just a brainless basher, Watson won three times on three decidedly different courses. Assuming he’s still motivated, he could be a factor at Augusta for the next, oh, 15 years.

BillyHo (+3%): His late-season surge wasn’t enough to save the U.S. Ryder Cup team, for which he should be grateful. Just imagine Horschel watching that disaster while sitting on his couch made from stacks of dollar bills.

R&A (+2%): Hey, welcome to the 21s ... nah, 20th century!

Martin Kaymer (+1%): It’s easy to forget just how impressive he was in May and June. He won more big-time titles in six weeks than some accomplished players do over an entire career.

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Adam Scott’s reign at No. 1 (-1%): And oh, what a glorious 11 weeks they were. Thanks to Rory and Co., it’s possible, maybe even probable, that Scott never reaches that pinnacle again.

Sneds (-2%): During last year’s FedEx Cup playoffs, one of the best putters on the planet was ranked No. 7 in the world. Now, he’s dropped outside the top 50, after a miserable year in which he changed instructors and hit it all over the map. He’ll be back. We think.

Social media (-3%): Geez, who is advising these guys, Steve Elkington? The year was chock-full of foot-in-mouth moments, and we were more than happy to document each and every one of them.

Bad Bubba (-4%): By now the fans’ battle lines are clearly drawn: You either think the guy is a titanium-denting, ball-shaping, crowd-pleasing magician, or you think he’s a foolish, petulant phony who takes pleasure in berating his caddie. That he’s probably a little bit of both makes him one of the game’s most fascinating characters.

Old Guard (-5%): Tiger got hurt. Phil’s play was uninspired. Steve Stricker all but disappeared. And Jim Furyk continued to find ways to lose with 54-hole leads. Sorry, aging warriors, but battling the Rorys, Rickies and Jordans of the world sure won’t be getting any easier, either.

Dustin Johnson (-6%): Depending on which side you believe, the immensely talented but maddeningly immature star either got popped for a third drug test or took a voluntary leave of absence. Either way, he squandered what was shaping up to be a career year, with a win, two runners-up and $4.2 million in earnings. Speaking of which ...

PGA Tour (-7%): The Tour thinks not disclosing player discipline protects sponsors and fans from learning that its players are indeed fallible. Really, though, the antiquated stance forces everyone involved to perpetuate lies. P.R. blundering at its finest.

Team USA (-8%): Look, the Americans were always going to lose at Gleneagles – Europe was loaded. But the U.S. team didn’t just lose in a rout. It also undermined the captain and then blew up the system to create a hilariously unnecessary task force, which was just about the most American thing ever.

Tom Watson (-9%): His legacy isn’t tarnished forever, of course, but the 65-year-old’s ill-fated reign as U.S. Ryder Cup captain will go down as arguably the worst ever. Everyone figured his tough-guy act wouldn’t fly with coddled millionaires. Fortunately for us media types, it was even worse than anticipated.

Ted Bishop (-10%): The self-styled maverick did a lot of good, but in short order his Watson experiment went up in flames, as did his tenure as PGA president, after hitting publish on a sexist tweet directed at Ian Poulter. There’s a reason no one can recall the 37 PGA presidents who preceded him, but until the bitter end Bishop loved the platform, the celebrity and the spotlight. No more.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 2:15 pm

Tiger Woods, in search of his 15th career major championship title, started the weekend six off the lead at Carnoustie. We're tracking him in Round 3 of The Open.

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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 1:03 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.

Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.

Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.

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After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.

“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”

Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).

It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 12:20 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch.

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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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  

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 (