Hot Topics for 2009

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 8, 2009, 5:00 pm
Members of the team answer five hot topic questions entering the 2009 golf season:
Hot Topic
Who will be Player of the Year on the PGA Tour?
Rex Hoggard Rex Hoggard - Senior Writer,
Going to go out on a limb and ship the Player of the Year hardware to Isleworth Country Club, c/o Tiger Woods; along with the Comeback Player of the Year Award. Best guess is Woods will play between 13 and 15 events in 2009 depending on when he returns. Thats more than enough time to shake off the rust and shake down the rest of the Tour.
Brian Hewitt Brian Hewitt - Insider:
The Player of the Year on the PGA Tour will be Tiger Woods. If it isnt, it only means that Woods knee didnt heal as well as expected.

Jay Coffin Jay Coffin - Editorial Director, Golf
Sergio Garcia. Tiger Woods is the easy pick but if ever there was a year to bet against Woods, this would be it. Garcia will collect a victory before Woods returns then hell finally win a coveted major championship. Hell pick up at least one more prominent win along the way which will give Player of the Year to a Euro player for the second straight year.
Mercer Baggs Mercer Baggs - Editorial Manager,
Considering Tiger Woods has won this award nine of the last 12 years its difficult to pick against him. But just to make it fun Ill go with Phil Mickelson. I thought about taking Sergio Garcia (seriously), but you have to win a major to be Player of the Year. Mickelson is due ' for a major and for a P.O.Y. trophy.
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Will Tiger come back better, worse or the same as before the surgery?
Hoggard: Expect Woods to be better than hes ever been. The legs are stronger and the rebuilt ACL will allow him to swing without pain. The only lingering question will be how his injury-imposed exile impacts him mentally. For the first time he had to come to grips with his professional immortality and the prospect of life after golf. For world class athletes, it is a difficult reality to stomach.
Hewitt: The big question will be whether the surgically-repaired knee can handle Tigers practice and workout regimen. Ligaments are less predictable than muscles. Tiger is going to have to use all his estimable smarts to know when to push and when to ease off.
Coffin: At first, worse. Eventually, way better. No one would be surprised if Woods returns to win the Masters. Afterall, its what he does. But odds are that itll take him several months to get into competitive shape. When that happens ' mid to late summer ' hell be better than ever. That could be a scary proposition for rest of the Tour.
Baggs: Every time Tiger has a surgery or overhauls his swing he always seems to return better than ever. This, however, is the most serious obstacle he has ever faced in his professional career. I dont see him being better than before ' not sure how thats possible ' but Im not betting against him being as good as he was before.
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Will Michelle Wie win on the LPGA?
Hoggard: No. Having a tour card will make life easier for her, but Team Wies plan to stay the course at Stanford may limit her starts in 2009 which would make her breakthrough that much more difficult on what promises to be a hyper-competitive tour.
Hewitt: She will. And the dream scenario for the LPGA will be a Wie victory in the seasons very first event, the SBS Open at Turtle Bay (Feb. 12-14). The resultant buzz would be just what the LPGA needs right now.
Coffin: Yes. A steady Q-School performance proves that the Big Wiesy is finally ready to break through and win as a professional. It wont be at a major championship, but it will come at an event where there arent many top players. If she were playing more than 12-14 events, Id say she could potentially win twice.
Baggs: Yes. Shes just too talented to not win multiple tournaments on the LPGA. If shes focused and plays at least a semi-regular schedule shell win on more than one occasion.
Hot Topic
Which will be more compelling: the FedEx Cup playoffs or the Race to Dubai?
Hoggard: The Race will likely draw more attention early because its in its first year, but the tweaks to the FedEx Cup will assure the big finish that has been missing from Atlanta. With a little luck, the Tour could finally end up with a suspenseful Sunday in September.
Hewitt: The Race to Dubai is a novelty that will draw curiosity seekers. But the FedEx Cup will have Tiger Woods (assuming the knee holds up). And Woods trumps all in professional golf.
Coffin: Neither. Both have a chance to be good, but I dont know if either could be great. The Race to Dubai seems to have momentum and will raise the excitement of the European Tour. But its a first-year deal and there is no way to know what to expect. The FedEx Cup tweaks will make it more compelling than the previous two years.
Baggs: Admittedly, despite the changes announced at the end of 2008, Im not enthralled with the PGA Tour Playoffs. After a pair of duds it has to prove its entertainment value. On the other hand, the Race to Dubai does pique my interest, if only because its new and has attracted some popular names from across the globe.
Hot Topic
Who finishes the year No. 1 in the world?
Hoggard: Tiger Woods. The more compelling question is who will be No. 2. The gap between first and second, although it has narrowed, is still substantial. What is interesting is the crowd that has gathered behind Woods. Sergio Garcia recently slipped into second place, followed closely by Phil Mickelson, Padraig Harrington and young guns Camilo Villegas and Anthony Kim are closing.
Hewitt: Tiger Woods will finish No. 1 in the world ' again, only if the knee holds up. If it doesnt, my moneys on Anthony Kim. And, yes, I know thats a bit of a longshot.
Coffin: Sergio Garcia. If Garcia is Player of the Year then he likely will be No. 1 in the world rankings. Woods lead in the rankings is diminishing because hes not playing. If Garcia can knock off a couple of victories in the first half of the year, he can end the year as the best player in the world.
Baggs: Tiger Woods. Im sure its mathematically possible for Tiger to lose his top spot, but unless he re-injures himself or the current injury severely limits his ability to swing a golf club I have to figure hell do enough to retain the top spot.
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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 (