Stock Watch: No wins, no problem; Boo to Boo

By Ryan LavnerNovember 10, 2015, 2:01 pm

Each week on, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.


First-time winners (+7%): Some talents are more promising than others (hello, JT), but the trend underscores the incredible depth on Tour and how difficult it is to win these days.

Russell Knox (+5%): Nothing has come easily for the Scot, who learned how to compete at Jacksonville University, needed five years just to reach the Tour, got into the HSBC as an alternate and then had to shoot 20 under to top a world-class field for his first title. A satisfying win, to be sure.

Phil (+4%): There are plenty of reasons (age, health, putting) to believe that 2016 will bring more of the same, but Mickelson’s decision to dump the best swing coach on the planet should keep him engaged for the foreseeable future. And besides, aren’t expectations always best kept low? That way, it’s more fun when he pops up and contends.

Bernhard Langer (+3%): Yes, it’s reasonable to wonder what his future holds without that trusty long wand, but first let’s appreciate what he’s done: At age 58, he is still the best player on the senior circuit, becoming the first old-timer to capture three Charles Schwab Cup titles.

Kevin Kisner (+2%): The ultimate what-could-have-been year, with four runner-up finishes. Kis has way too much game to go winless in ’16, too.   


Fall fields (-2%): What do the three fall events in the States have in common? Each has had at least one round suspended because of darkness. Either speed up play in the dwindling daylight, or slash the fields (132/144) even more.

DJ (-3%): He suffered one of the worst breaks of the year, with his wedge shot clanking off the flagstick and rolling back into the pond, leading to a momentum-killing double in Shanghai. At least his outlook improved once he returned home.

Rory (-4%): His star-crossed second half continued at the HSBC, as a simple club sandwich led to a nasty bout of food poisoning, a 10-pound weight loss and a lethargic performance. Sigh.

Roberto Castro (-6%): Threatening to run away in Mississippi, he threw up a 75 (nearly five shots worse than the field average) during the stop-and-start third round. From four ahead to two back, he eventually tied for fourth.  

Boo’s bashing (-8%): To be fair, we agree – interest is low, the overall product is diluted and the fall series seems to serve only as an opportunity to give rookies and the Tour’s middle class a head start – but no one is forcing Weekley, or anyone else, to play these C-level events. If players like Weekley (who has made $15 million playing golf) want an offseason to hunt and fish, well, they can take a few months off – they just better play well at the start of ’16 or risk falling way behind in the FedEx race. Stop complaining.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 5:30 pm

Tiger Woods held sole possession of the lead Sunday afternoon, but settled with an even-par 71 and finished three shots behind the champion.

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'Hungover' Pepperell improbably in mix after 67

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 4:20 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eddie Pepperell’s 11:40 a.m. tee time on Sunday at The Open was a tad early, and not just because the Englishman was heading out more than three hours before the leaders.

Following a third-round 71 that dropped him eight strokes off the lead, Pepperell did what many golfers do after a less-than-stellar round – he drank.

“Honestly, I was a little hungover. I won't lie. I had too much to drink last night,” said Pepperell, who said he went to bed on Friday at around 11:30 p.m. “I was so frustrated yesterday, that today was really, I wouldn't say a write-off, but I didn't feel I was in the golf tournament. Whether I shot 69 or 73 today, it wouldn't have been heartbreaking.”

Pepperell was much closer to the former on Sunday, posting a round-of-the-day 67 to move to within one stroke of the lead held by multiple players as the leaders made the turn.

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Pepperell had just a single bogey on a blustery day at Carnoustie and closed his round with birdies at Nos. 14 and 17. It was one of just four rounds in the 60s on a course that had become increasingly difficult with each gust.

With six players tied for the lead at 6 under par, including defending champion Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, Pepperell planned to wait and see how the afternoon progressed.

“The only hope I have is that it's Carnoustie, and the last three, four holes, even though they're downwind, still anything can happen with obviously pressure and all that sort of stuff out here,” he said. “So I'll have to hang around.”

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Pros melting down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 3:42 pm

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

His fellow pros have been watching and tweeting like your average fans.

We're compiling their missives below:

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 11:00 am

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)

7AM-3PM (Watch): Jordan Spieth fired 65 to move into a three-way share of the 54-hole lead, while Tiger Woods (66) played his way into contention. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler and Thorbjorn Olesen.

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. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau.

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.