Complete coverage of the 2010 Open Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 18, 2010, 10:38 pm
Claret Jug at St. Andrews



July 19, 2010
Still in shock, Oosthuizen contemplates future

July 18, 2010
Coffin: So Close, So Far Away
Punch Shots: Should the Old Course host every Open Championship?
Notes: McIlroy won't ask, 'What if?'
Casey leaves Open with head held high
Hoggard: Oosthuizen earns first major with dominant performance
South Africa celebrates Oosthuizen's Open win
Oosthuizen wins Open in dominating fashion
Tiger Tracks: Lost the momentum battle
Tiger Tracks: Time and talent on Tiger's side
Shag Bag: Taking the hotel out of play
Shag Bag: Where's the fireworks?
Shag Bag: First hiccup fof Oosty
Shag Bag: Lefty's links woes
Shag Bag: Slow going at St. Andrews
Tiger Tracks: Rollercoaster week for Woods
Shag Bag: Cink's reign officially ends
Shag Bag: From Cloud 9 to Cloud 5
Shag Bag: Louis the Relaxed
Tiger Tracks: Tiger switches back to old putter
Shag Bag: Mickelson teed off Round 1 without putter
Tiger Tracks: Tiger in hunt for T-4 Slam
Shag Bag: Oosthuizen makes humorous forearm reference

July 17, 2010
Notes: Tough break for Calc
Hoggard: The Unusual Suspect
Casey in the hunt for claret jug
Coffin: Unlikely Champion?
Mickelson's momentum disappears on 16 and 17
Woods faces 12-shot deficit heading to Open finale
Open poised to produce another surprising champ
Shag Bag: ''Rip your pants off'
Tiger Tracks: The irony in Tiger's game
Shag Bag: Calcavecchia crumbles with quad
Shag Bag: McIlroy bounces back with 69
Shag Bag: Lead shrinks early for Oosthuizen
Shag Bag: Lefty laments late slide
Tiger Tracks: A mountain to climb
Tiger Tracks: Friends and foes
Shag Bag: Magical moment
Shag Bag: History on Oosthuizen’s side?
Tiger Tracks: Woods in good company with Clarke
Shag Bag: Pleasant surprise for Rock
Shag Bag: Pernice sets the pace
Hawkins: Real Open Just Beginning
Shag Bag: Keeping tabs on the tabloids
Shag Bag: Tough turn for Tiley
Shag Bag: Third round underway in Scotland

July 16, 2010
Notes: Despite leg, Westwood near top of leaderboard
Shag Bag: Watson gets his moment at St. Andrews
Watson says goodbye to Old Course, not Open
Tiger Tracks: Funny guy
Shag Bag: St. Andrews swansong
Tiger Tracks: Woods pauses round for Watson
Jay Coffin: Blown Away
Tiger Tracks: Open still an option for Woods
Play suspended by darkness at St. Andrews
More drama for Daly at Open Championship
McIlroy goes from glory to misery
Shag Bag: Tough Friday for McIlroy
Hoggard: Cut Line: Auld Gray Toon edition
Tiger Tracks: Tiger prowling behind unproven leader
Fierce wind makes for brutal day at St. Andrews
Shag Bag: Lamenting Lefty's poor play
Tiger Tracks: Trio of bogeys as play resumes
Shag Bag: Back underway
Triple bogey can’t ruin Casey’s day at St. Andrews
Shag Bag: Focusing on the finish
Tiger Tracks: Tiger stuck on first hole
Oosthuizen making a name for himself at Old Course
Shag Bag: Play suspended at St. Andrews
Shag Bag: Triple play
Shag Bag: Calcavecchia back in the hunt
Shag Bag: Sinister 17th takes toll
Shag Bag: The best, and worst, of Barnes
Shag Bag: On The Mark
Shag Bag: Daly drives away
Shag Bag: Oosthuizen continues stellar play
Shag Bag: Tough draw


July 15, 2010
Shag Bag: Why not Sergio?
Lerner: Hooks and Cuts: St. Andrews
Shag Bag: Scottish surprises
Westwood looks fine, feels sore after opening 67
McIlroy rips through a defenseless Old Course
Oosthuizen gives South Africa new reason to be proud
Westwood looks fine, feels sore after opening 67
Shag Bag: Mickelson shoots 73 in Round 1
Shag Bag: Mickelson's Open struggles continue
Shag Bag: A Rorying performance
Shag Bag: Louis the Great
Shag Bag: Hard to admit
Shag Bag: No place I'd rather be
Coffin: McIlroy Shoots Opening 63 With Ease
Shag Bag: My favorite week of the year
Tiger Tracks: Woods struggles on ‘slowest’ greens
Tiger Tracks: Shades of 2000
Hoggard: Old Course, Old Daly
Coltart, ex-Ryder Cup player, gets back to golf
Tiger Tracks: Tiger in the house with 67
Shag Bag: JD suggests new nickname
Tiger Tracks: Tiger on the prowl
Tiger Tracks: Woods not wild on Day 1
Seve skips St. Andrews, but his spirit is there
Shag Bag: Look who is leading
Tiger Tracks: Woods off to solid start
Shag Bag: Daly setting early pace
Shag Bag; McDowell eyes Tour card
Shag Bag: Marcel, Marcel

July 14, 2010

Notes: The King reminisces about the home of golf
Recent UK dominance could extend to St. Andrews
All the elements present for this British Open
Coffin: Never Ceasing to Amaze
Hoggard: The Unassuming Champion Returns
Stormy weather wipes out Champions’ Challenge
Shag Bag: A monster of a hole
Shag Bag: Champions Challenge cancelled
Tiger Tracks: Watson thinks Woods is favorite
Out-of-bounds stakes removed for 16th green
Will another 50-something contend at British Open?
Rose ‘expects’ British golfer to contend this week
Shag Bag: OB stakes moved behind 16th green, 17th tee
Tiger Tracks: R&A chief gets Tiger questions
Shag Bag: Tough crowd
Shag Bag: Rose returns to St. Andrews
Shag Bag: Shagadelic in St. Andrews
Shag Bag: Early at the Old Course

July 13, 2010
Croquet, anyone? Choi shakes up putting stance
Golf Guy's Open Top-5 List
Coffin: Under the Radar?
U.S. Open champ doesn’t want career to be single act
The People’s Champ eyes an Open title
Mell: Bunker Shots: Open Up
Shag Bag: Spotting some trends
Five last-minute must-play golf courses around St. Andrews
Shag Bag: Not ideal, but still perfect
Q&A: Old Versus New
Hoggard: Tiger Says A Lot Without Saying Much
Woods expects good reception from British fans
Fade at U.S. Open teaches Ishikawa a few lessons
Els feels like he’s in good shape for British Open
Groggy golfers arrive for British Open
After 12 years, Woods leaning toward putter switch
Tiger Tracks: Tiger faces press, more testy questions
Shag Bag: Els apologizes for not speaking at Open
Shag Bag: Glover nearly grounded

July 12, 2010
Travel Caddie: St. Andrews vs. Pebble Beach: Which is easier to get on?
Westwood ready for St. Andrews, bum leg and all
Harrington pushing hard for fourth major title
Road Hole at St. Andrews gets tougher
Tee times for the 139th Open Championship
Leading Edge: What's a Rose to Wear?
Travel Caddie: Castle Stuart Golf Links stage for final day
Travel Caddie: World Cup from Scottish perspective
Woods to play with Rose at St. Andrews
Watson returns to British Open with no regrets

July 11, 2010
Travel Caddie: What-if scenario at Royal Dornoch
Travel Caddie: Wacky weather at Scotland's best track
Travel Caddie: Golf after dark
Travel Caddie: Winds of change
Travel Caddie: Hopes dashed at Royal Dornoch?
Travel Caddie: History at Royal Dornoch
Tiger gets a taste of St. Andrews' strong winds

July 10, 2010
Open Championship at a glance
British Open, hole by hole
An Acquired Taste
Travel Caddie: Skibo Hotel

July 9, 2010
Capsules of previous Open Championships at St. Andrews
Norman pulls out of St. Andrews

July 6, 2010
Toms and Kim withdraw from Open due to injury
British Open prize money rises as pound slumps

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Watch: Marshawn Lynch's golf game could use some work

By Grill Room TeamAugust 20, 2018, 8:15 pm

NFL star running back Marshawn Lynch is pretty great at driving golf carts, but from the looks of a video that surfaced this weekend, his golf prowess starts and ends there.

"Beast Mode" was in attendance at Klay Thompson's charity event in San Francisco on Sunday, and luckily the Golden State Warriors shooting guard caught Lynch's swing on camera - because it is a sight to behold.

Dressed in a traditional golf hoodie, the former Super Bowl champion who has been thrilling fans with his raw athleticism and power on the gridiron for more than a decade showed off a swing that would make Charles Barkley blush.

Lynch was not questioned about the swing by members of media afterwards, although there's a pretty good chance you already know how he would've answered.

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Stenson (elbow) withdraws from playoff opener

By Will GrayAugust 20, 2018, 5:41 pm

Former FedExCup champ Henrik Stenson will start his postseason on the sideline, as he withdrew on Monday from The Northern Trust because of an elbow injury.

Stenson captured the season-long title back in 2013, when he won two of the four playoff events. At 50th in the current points standings, he's assured of a spot next week at the 100-man Dell Technologies Championship and likely to make the field at the 70-man BMW Championship the following week.

A PGA Tour official confirmed that Stenson cited the elbow injury as the reason for his withdrawal. He was bothered by an injured elbow last month that led him to withdraw from the Scottish Open and limited his prep for The Open, where he tied for 35th.

The 42-year-old defended his title last week at the Wyndham Championship, tying for 20th place after shooting a 6-under 64 in the final round.

"It's fine, I can practice and I can play without any problems as of now, but I can't really go after it in the gym fully," Stenson told reporters last week in Greensboro. "The main thing that we can play and practice without having any problems there, so it's getting better."

The intrigue around Stenson's decision grows when the context of the Ryder Cup is taken into consideration. The Swede has represented Europe in the biennial matches four times, but he's currently 16th in both the European Points and World Points lists with only two weeks remaining in the qualification window.

Even before skipping this week's event in New Jersey, Stenson appeared likely to need a pick from captain Thomas Bjorn, who will round out his 12-man roster with four selections on Sept. 5. Other notable players who are not currently in position to qualify include Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Paul Casey, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Russell Knox, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Thomas Pieters.

Stenson becomes the fifth player to withdraw from this week's field, which does not feature alternates and is now down to 120 players. Rory McIlroy opted to rest up this week, while Patrick Rodgers is skipping the tournament to attend a wedding. Both Rickie Fowler (oblique) and Bud Cauley (June car accident) withdrew because of injury.

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PAC zeroing in on Tour's secondary cut

By Rex HoggardAugust 20, 2018, 4:29 pm

The season’s final player advisory council meeting will be held on Tuesday at Ridgewood Country Club, and one item of interest on the agenda appears to be gaining traction among the 16-member panel.

The secondary cut - introduced in 2008 to address large fields after the 36-hole cut and pace of play - has become increasingly unpopular. In 2014, the PGA Tour eliminated the secondary cut, which occurs if 78 players make the 36-hole cut, at the first two playoff stops. Following a 54-hole cut at this year’s Players Championship, some suggested it should not be used at the circuit’s marquee event.

The alternative that’s being studied is to reduce the cut at all Tour events from the lowest 70 players and ties to the lowest 65 players and ties. This would allow the circuit to eliminate the secondary cut at all events.

“I think I’m a fan of it, because I’m a fan of trying to play twosomes on the weekends as much as possible,” said PAC member Paul Casey. “In Europe it seems to work all the time. I don’t like the extra cut on a Saturday, never liked that. A guy could have an amazing Sunday, he could go out and shoot 61 or something and get a top 10.”

The European Tour utilizes a 65-and-ties cut, as does the Web.com Tour, which had 78 players or more make the cut in just three of 23 events this season.

The PAC requested more information and is expected to address the proposal at Tuesday’s meeting.

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Finalists Announced for Driver vs. Driver 2, Premiering Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 9 p.m. ET

By Golf Channel Public RelationsAugust 20, 2018, 4:00 pm

Wilson Golf Takes Unique Approach to Creating Its Next World-Class Golf Driver Through Innovative Elimination-Style Reality Television Series

 Finalists Range from Inventors, Engineers and Product Designers to College Students, Professional Bowlers and Poker Players

Winner to Take Home $250,000

Driver vs. Driver 2 Celebrity Judges: NHL Legend and Avid Golfer Jeremy Roenick; PGA Professional and Expert Golf Equipment Reviewer Rick Shiels and Wilson Golf President Tim Clarke

Series Trailer: Driver vs. Driver 2 Series Trailer

Morning Drive Segment: Driver vs. Driver 2 Host Melanie Collins Joins Morning Drive

Website Links: Wilson Golf's Driver vs. Driver 2 Website

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 20, 2018 – Golf Channel announced today the 14 finalists who will present their innovative driver concepts on Driver vs. Driver 2 presented by Wilson, with the hopes of ultimately becoming Wilson Golf’s next world-class driver. Driver vs. Driver 2 premieres Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 9 p.m. ET, with the seven-episode series airing weekly and concluding Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Driver vs. Driver 2 will follow the trials and tribulations of these aspiring golf equipment designers in an elimination-style television series where they will compete for the opportunity have their concepts transformed into prototypes, field tested, critiqued and refined. Ultimately, one driver concept will be left standing, with the designer winning $250,000 and the final driver hitting retail stores worldwide.

Out of the hundreds of concepts submitted through an open call application process, 14 finalists were selected. Each will present their concept to the panel of celebrity judges during the show’s premiere on Tuesday, Oct. 2:

  • Jeremy Roenick – 9-time National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star and current NHL on NBC hockey analyst. Also an avid golfer with a single-digit handicap and a self-described golf equipment junkie.
  • Rick Shiels – PGA Professional, expert golf equipment reviewer and online golf personality who has nearly 400,000 subscribers and more than 120 million views on his YouTube Channel.
  • Tim Clarke, President of Wilson Golf.

Following the presentations, the judges will deliberate on which finalists’ concepts will advance in the competition. Throughout the seven-episode series, the finalists’ concepts will be field tested and critiqued by some of the game’s best players on the PGA TOUR, celebrities from the world of sports and entertainment, golf industry experts, members of the national golf and sports media, bloggers and social media influencers. Ultimately, one winner’s final design will go on sale at golf retailers worldwide following the season finale.

The finalists, ages 22-81, are a diverse group from throughout the United States that range from inventors, engineers and product designers to college students, professional bowlers and poker players.

FINALISTS:

Chris Adams (32, Denver, Colo.) – A consulting structural engineer from Denver, Colo., Adams works with architects, contractors and developers in designing buildings. On the weekends, Adams can be found on the golf course, where he took up the game at a young age and played competitively in high school. Adams is combining his two passions – engineering and golf – in developing what he hopes to be the winning driver concept, called the Tracer, on Driver vs. Driver 2.

Juan Biancardi (41), Walter Lund (41, Miramar, Fla.) – Juan Biancardi is taking the motto, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” to Driver vs. Driver 2. Biancardi submitted an idea for the series’ inaugural season but didn’t receive an invitation to present to the judges. Enter Walter Lund, who is Biancardi’s swing coach. When shown the driver idea that was submitted for the first season, Lund immediately went to work with Biancardi to refine and improve the concept for season two. Their idea, Black Hornet, is based on creating the most aerodynamic and adjustable driver on the market.

Hank Boomershine (48), Victor Marion (34, Perry, Utah) – Victor Marion and Hank Boomershine are bringing their expertise from the world of bowling to golf. Marion is a designer of bowling balls, and Boomershine is a former competitive bowler who heads up sales and marketing for Storm Bowling Products. Their driver concept focuses on how to create more speed for the driver head through innovative technology.

Jeremy Chell (42, Madison, Wis.) – A mechanical engineer for an aerospace company, Jeremy Chell develops flight hardware for space vehicles traveling to the International Space Station. On the side, Chell is an avid golfer who is enthusiastic about enhancements in golf club technology. Growing up around the game, Chell put the golf clubs away in college and regained interest in the sport early in his professional career. It was during this time that he became fascinated with the technologies in golf equipment, amassing a large collection of golf clubs along the way. Chell’s driver concept, the Launchpad, is, according to him, “A logical progression of current state-of-the-art golf club designs, with technological advantages in creating clubface forgiveness.”

Peter Dreyfuss (48, Naples, Fla.) – A late bloomer to the game of golf, Peter Dreyfuss is an engineer who picked up the golf bug following great success as a competitive sailor with a national championship on his resume. At the end of his sailing career, he began working full time in the medical engineering field, where he guided the word that resulted in 42 patent for orthopedic surgeries. Golf is a hobby for Dreyfuss, and his design, the Yeti, combines his two passions together – golf and engineering – with the average weekend golfer in mind.

Scott Haack (48, Chardon, Ohio) – An inventor, entrepreneur, chiropractic physician and medical device and development professional who has more than 20 years in the medical professional field, Haack’s driver concept, Downforce, combines two design ideas that he developed into one unique concept. A golf tinkerer, Haack has developed two golf products that have advanced to the marketplace – a putter and a golf training aid. Haack’s driver concept is inspired by the benefits downforce has on a race car and its ability to provide speed when the car enters the corners of a racetrack. According to Haack, the same is true for the design of his driver and the speed it provides during the downswing and impact phase of the golf swing.

J.D. Hefferin (27, Orlando, Fla.) – J.D. Hefferin has been in love with the game of golf since a young age, having lived near a golf course his entire life. Fascinated with golf club design, Hefferin who by day is a real estate analyst, an Orlando Magic employee and a professional poker player, can be seen sketching ideas and tweaking golf club designs on the side. His driver idea hopes to revolutionize the square shaped driver, bringing that concept back with a more aerodynamic look and feel.

Evan Hoffman (27, San Diego, Calif.) – An industrial designer who has a deep passion for the game, Evan Hoffman watched every episode of the inaugural season of Driver vs. Driver. When his brother texted him about season two, he immediately went to work. Beginning with sketches, he refined his concept while consulting with his brother, a golfer in his own right. His idea, the Cortex, utilizes a sub frame structure, allowing the weight to be taken out of the center of the club and strategically placed into the skirt, maximizing club head speed and flight control for longer and straighter drives.

Jimmy Huynh (28, Long Beach, Calif). – A finalist from the inaugural season of Driver vs. Driver as part of “Team Long Beach,” Jimmy Huynh has returned with a refined concept. A recent graduate from California State University, Long Beach in the industrial design program, Huynh feels he has a leg up on the competition after going through the process during the first season. His concept, the Magnus 2.0, is based around speed and is customizable, which translates into longer distances off the tee for the average golfer.

Bob Lockhart (81, Big Spring, Texas) – The oldest designer presenting to the judges at 81 years of age, Bob Lockhart’s career has included work in industrial engineering, computer systems and for the past 25 years, product design. Lockhart’s concept, jokingly titled, “’The No Sex Driver,” is described as a simple design where everything that doesn’t help hit golf balls long and straight is left off of it.

Tim Slama (22, Salem, Ore.) – Tim Slama, a senior at Oregon State University studying mechanical engineering, feels that Driver vs. Driver 2 would be the perfect internship. Slama, who also has had multiple design engineering internships in college, aims to be a golf club engineer after he graduates. His driver concept, Roswell, “leverages three major technological innovations which together deliver the golfer unprecedented adjustability, distance and accuracy.” A golfer since he was young, Slama plans to continue to work in the golf industry following graduation.

Samantha Smith – (22, Las Vegas, Nev.) – A recent graduate from the University of Arizona who is currently working towards her Master’s Degree in Public Health and pursuing her PHD, Samantha Smith has been involved in the game of golf since a young age, playing competitively through high school. After watching the inaugural season of Driver vs. Driver and “totally geeking out about the process,” as she puts it, Smith’s concept utilizes learnings she heard on the show from Wilson’s engineers during the first season. Her idea the Supernova, is inspired by the astronomical term, defined as “a star that suddenly increases greatly in brightness because of a catastrophic explosion.”

Tim Swiss – (38, Carlsbad, Calif.) – An industrial designer who has a deep passion for the game, Tim Swiss’ driver concept name, the Widowmaker, is inspired from the look of the Black Widow spider. Swiss’ professional career – designing products in the automotive, media and consumer electronics industries, has allowed him to be around the game of golf, but only as a hobby. As a designer, he has wanted to work on golf club for years, incorporating his professional expertise with a personal passion. “I’ve always had an idea, and when I saw the email about season two, I thought, ‘This would be perfect.’”

Allen Zadeh (50, Brooklyn, N.Y.) – A product designer for over 20 years, Allen Zadeh’s work spans over a wide range of industries, from household products to physical and digital consumer electronic experiences. His career also has allowed him to develop innovations in the sporting goods and the transportation industries. A competitive tennis player growing up, Zadeh learned about Driver vs. Driver 2 via a tennis racquet design blog and immediately went to work on his idea, as the deadline to submit was five days later. Drawing inspirations from his experience designing tennis racquets and watches, Zadeh’s idea focuses on craftsmanship and precision, with the hopes of delivering a ‘Wow Factor’ to the judges.

MELANIE COLLINS TO HOST: Sports broadcaster Melanie Collins returns as the host of Driver vs. Driver 2. Currently a sideline reporter for CBS’ college football and basketball coverage, Collins hosted the inaugural season of Driver vs Driver in 2016 and formerly co-hosted Golf Channel’s competition series, Big Break.

GRAND PRIZE: The finalists are competing for $250,000 and the opportunity to have their driver design sold at retail under the Wilson Staff umbrella.

SERIES PRODUCTION: Production for Driver vs. Driver 2 began in the Fall of 2017 and concluded in August, 2018. The series is being produced by Golf Channel, whose portfolio of original productions include interview series Feherty hosted by Emmy-nominated sports personality David Feherty, high-qualityinstruction shows School of Golf, Golf Channel Academy and Playing Lessons and a slate of award-winning documentaries and films.

ABOUT DRIVER vs. DRIVER PRESENTED BY WILSON

Driver vs. Driver presented by Wilson debuted in 2016.  The show, from inception, was designed to utilize the power of crowd-sourcing combined with Wilson LABS’ (the innovation hub at Wilson) deep golf experience and expertise to create a world-class golf driver in a way that had never been done before. Driver vs. Driver also was created to infuse new energy and excitement into the golf equipment conversation, open the game of golf to a broader audience and bring highly innovative products to the marketplace, all while educating golfers on how drivers are designed, developed and manufactured. Eric Sillies, an industrial design graduate from the University of Cincinnati, was crowned the winner of Driver vs. Driver’s inaugural season.