Arizona Wildcat Ricky Barnes

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 5, 2003, 5:00 pm
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Stockton, Calif.
Height / Weight:
6-1 / 200
College CentralUniversity of Arizona men's golfer Ricky Barnes made his initial 2003 PGA Tour appearance a good one as he finished tied for 18th place Sunday at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson.
Barnes, a 6-foot-1 senior from Stockton, Calif., shot an 11-under-par 277 to finish in a tie for 18th place. He posted rounds of 69, 70, 68 and 70 to finish eight strokes behind tournament winner Frank Lickliter II. Through four rounds of play, Barnes' round-by-round tally was never out of the top 23 places.
For Barnes, the reigning U.S. Amateur champion, it marked the first time he has made the cut in three career PGA Tour appearances. He had competed in the 2000 and 2002 United States Open Championships as well.
Barnes' solid play over the weekend at Tucson National Golf Course has been on display all season in the college ranks. He has four top-10 finishes this season, including three third-place efforts. Through seven events in 2002-03, the three-time All-American has a 71.67 stroke average with a low round of 66.

Junior Season: Placed his name along side the all-time greats of the game by winning the 102nd U.S. Amateur Championship with a 2 and 1 win over Hunter Mahan (McKinney, Texas) on Aug. 25 that was clinched on the 35th hole at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. ... Showed a remarkable display of power off the tee and a sharp short game throughout the week ... An Honorable Mention All-America selection by the GCAA ... Ranks second on the team with a 72.13 stroke average ... The Golf World magazine preseason Player of the Year ... Has five career wins, tied for third all-time at Arizona ... Has 17 career top-10 finishes and 33 career rounds in the 60s ... Finished tied for 94th place at the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black with a 78-75=153 (+13) total ... Qualified to play in the 2002 U.S. Open with a runner-up finish (70-67=137/-7) at the sectional qualifier in Daly City, Calif. ... UAs top finisher five times this spring ... Struggled with the putter all season ... Entered the 2001-02 season with the lowest career stroke average in school history (71.05) ... Five rounds in the 60s this season ... Arizonas top finisher at the 2002 NCAA Championships with a 71-71-70-71=283 (-1) to finish tied for 17th place ... Co-Individual Medalist at the NCAA West Regional in Albuquerque, N.M. with a 70-67-73=210 (-6) to become the fourth UA player to win a regional crown ... A second team all-Pacific-10 Conference selection ... Showed signs of breaking out of his slump with three sub-par rounds at the ASU Thunderbird and a top-10 finish at the Pac-10 Championships ... The only UA golfer to finish under par at the Pac-10 Championships, Barnes finished sixth with a 70-73-71-73=287 (-1) ... Shot 70-69-70=209 (-7) to card his lowest tournament total this year and his fifth top-20 finish at the ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational ... Posted his fourth top-20 finish of the season, April 5-7, at the PING-U.S. Collegiate Championships with a 221 (+5) total ... Collected a top-20 finish at the Las Vegas Collegiate, posting 75-73-70=218 (+2) ... Tied for 52nd place (his worst collegiate finish) with a 225 total (+9) at the John Burns Intercollegiate ... Posted his best finish of the year with a fourth-place effort at the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate Feb. 4-5, where he carded a 71-67-69=207 (-6) ... Shot 71-72-75=218 (+5) to finish 23rd at the Savane College All-America Golf Classic in El Paso ... Posted his worst round of the year (79) in the final 18 to finish tied for 28th at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate after shooting 72-70-79=221 (+8) ... Was three-under par over the last two rounds to finish tied for 35th at the Taylor Made Red River Classic at 216 (E) ... Finished tied for 29th place at The Preview by Ping and Golfweek with an eight-over-par 221 total ... Finished tied for 10th place at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate with a 73-75-69=217 (+1).
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Woods: New putter should help on slower greens

By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:35 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods’ ice-cold putting showed at least a few signs of heating up earlier this month at The National, where he switched putters and ranked seventh in the field on the greens.

The mallet-style putter is still in the bag as Woods prepares for The Open, and he’s hoping the heavier model with grooves will prove valuable at Carnoustie.

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“To be honest with you, I’ve struggled on slower greens throughout my entire career,” Woods said Tuesday. “So for me, it’s going to help on these greens, for sure.”

To combat the slower greens, Woods usually applied a strip of lead tape to his putter. But this heavier model of putter doesn’t need the extra weight, and the grooves on the putter face allow the ball to get rolling faster and hotter.

“You don’t necessarily have to do that with the grooves,” he said of the lead tape. “When I putted with the Nike putter, I didn’t have to put lead tape on the putter to get a little more weight to it. I could just leave it just the way it was. This is the same type.”  

For all of the talk about his putting woes this season, Woods still ranks 56th in strokes gained: putting. More crucial this week: He’s 102nd in approach putt performance, which quantifies how well a player lag putts.

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Woods: Open best chance for long-term major success

By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:26 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods is more than a decade removed from his last major title, but he said Tuesday that The Open is the major that gives him the best chance for long-term success.

“I would say yes, because of the fact that you don’t have to be long to play on a links-style golf course,” Woods said during his pre-tournament news conference. “It certainly can be done.”

Full-field tee times from the 147th Open Championship

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Woods pointed to the late-career success for both Greg Norman (2008) and Tom Watson (2009), both of whom challenged for the claret jug deep into their 50s.

“Distance becomes a moot point on a links-style golf course,” he said.

That’s certainly not the case, however, at the Masters, where bombers long have thrived, or the U.S. Open, which places a premium on long and straight driving.

“You get to places like Augusta National, which is just a big ballpark, and the golf course outgrows you, unfortunately,” he said. “But links-style courses, you can roll the ball. I hit a 3-iron that went down there 330. Even if I get a little bit older, I can still chase some wood or long club down there and hit the ball the same distance.”

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"Vantage Point with Mike Tirico" set to debut Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 17, 2018, 10:15 am

Special Hour Complementing the Network’s Week-Long Golf Central Live From The Open News Coverage; Premiere Scheduled to Include Interview with 2014 Open Runner-Up Rickie Fowler On-Site from Carnoustie

Features Include Tirico and Curtis Strange Re-watching ’99 Open at Carnoustie & Jim “Bones” Mackay Facilitating Exclusive Conversation with Caddies Michael Greller, John Wood Recounting Final Round Pairing at 2017 Open

To help set the table ahead of The 147TH Open at Carnoustie, Golf Channel will premiere Vantage Point with Mike Tirico on Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET. An extension of the network’s week-long Golf Central Live From The Open comprehensive news coverage, Vantage Point will revisit landmark moments in The Open’s history, uncover personal stories relevant to the fabric of the week and feature a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year” on golf’s original championship.

“It’s a thrill to be going back to The Open again this year, which is a fitting setting to launch this new opportunity,” said Tirico, NBC Sports host who this week will celebrate his 22nd consecutive year covering The Open. “I love being a part of the Golf Channel team during golf’s biggest weeks, and anticipate contributing to our commitment to great storytelling with Vantage Point.”

Kicking off the premiere of Vantage Point will be Tirico’s exclusive interview with 2014 Open runner-up and 2015 PLAYERS champion Rickie Fowler on-site from Carnoustie. One of Fowler’s favorite events, he has missed just one cut in eight previous appearances at The Open. Other highlights within the show include:

  • Jim “Bones” Mackay facilitating an exclusive conversation between caddies Michael Greller (Jordan Spieth) and John Wood (Matt Kuchar) recounting the final round pairing at The Open last July.
  • Tirico hosting a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year”: David Duval, Tom Lehman and Justin Leonard.
  • A recollection of one of the most unforgettable collapses in major championship golf, when Jean van de Velde surrendered a three-shot lead on the 72nd hole in 1999 at The Open. Tirico and Curtis Strange – both on the live tournament broadcast that year for ABC/ESPN – recently re-watched the telecast together for the first time since calling it live.


“This is harder to watch than I thought it was going to be. I’ve never seen anything like

that in my life. I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like that again.” – Curtis Strange


“I think I got caught up in the whole deal and felt human for the guy.” – Mike Tirico


Vantage Point with Mike Tirico will complement the network’s Golf Central Live From The Open, which will feature nearly 60 hours of comprehensive news coverage from Carnoustie. In total, NBC Sports will dedicate more than 350 hours to showcasing the third men’s major championship of the year, including nearly 50 live hours of the network’s Emmy-nominated tournament coverage – annually the most live hours of coverage from any golf event – spanning from Thursday’s opening tee shot to Sunday’s final putt.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 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 (