Feeling Green in Carolina

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 2, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Chrysler Classic of GreensboroUnlike last weeks Southern Farm Bureau Classic, which was contested opposite the WGC-American Express Championship, this weeks Chrysler Classic of Greensboro will take full spotlight.
This is the first of four remaining events before the TOUR Championship wraps up the 2006 PGA TOUR schedule, meaning time is truly running out for those trying to earn their playing status for 07.
K.J. Choi
K.J. Choi is trying to become the first repeat winner of this event in 50 years.
Speaking of 07, the Greensboro tournament will feature a new name as well a different date. It will be known as the Wyndham Championship (sponsored by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts) and will be held the week after the PGA Championship, as part of the new FedEx Cup schedule.
It will be the last regular season event for players to earn points and qualify for the 144-man field who will compete in the PGA TOUR playoffs, a three-tournament stretch that leads to the TOUR Championship finale.
The one thing that will remain the same is the location. Forest Oaks Country Club will again host the tournament in 07, as it is doing this year, and as it has done since 1977.
But those jockeying for position around the top 30, 125 and 150 spots on the money list arent overly concerned at the moment with what will transpire next year. In fact, many in this weeks field are just hoping to be around on TOUR next season.
Here are our top 5 contenders for this weeks title:
K.J. Choi
Choi is the defending champion and is looking to become the first repeat winner of this event since Sam Snead in 1955-56. He has had a steady, if unspectacular season thus far. Though he has missed but four cuts, Choi has only three top-10s in 21 starts. But thats nothing unusual for the South Korean. He had five missed cuts and only two top-10s before winning at Forest Oaks a year ago. He has an exceptional record in this event, tying for fifth in 2003; tying for seventh in 02; and tying for fourth in 01.
Shigeki Maruyama
Maruyama won this event in 2003 for his most recent victory on TOUR. Like Choi, hes had an indifferent season so far. And like Choi, he has a very good record in this event. In addition to his victory, Maruyama was runner-up last year; tied for 19th in 04; and tied for eighth in 2000.
Brad Faxon
Faxon has spent a lot of time battling injuries over the last few season, but managed to overcome his ailments to win last years Buick Championship. That gave him eight career TOUR titles. Hed like to get No. 9 this week. And if not a win, at least a top-10, which he doesn't have this year. Faxons record in this event includes a pair of runner-up finishes in 2003 and 1997. He had to skip this event a year ago due to surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.
Bill Haas
This is the second time this season that weve mentioned Haas among the five favorites. The first time was at the Wachovia Championship in Charlotte. The North Carolina native and former Wake Forest All-America tied for fourth that week for his only top-10 of the season. Perhaps a return to his home state will do him some good. With over $760,000 this season, his card is locked up for 2007 ' now he just needs a little confidence.
Carl Pettersson
Pettersson, this years Memorial Tournament winner, has exponentially gotten better in this event over the years. He was 86th in 2003, tied for 35th in 04, and tied for 11th in 05. The next step is to win. Should he do so, this trophy would go good with the Chrysler Championship hardware he won last year in Tampa.
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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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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 17, 2018, 8:40 am

    Tiger Woods is competing in his first Open Championship since 2015. We're tracking him this week at Carnoustie.