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By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 12, 2009, 10:57 pm

Presidents Cup Team USA

THE GANG'S ALL HERE!: Members of the Team USA pose on stage with their wives and companions at the closing ceremonies after the USA defeated the Internationals 19.5 to 14.5 to win the Presidents Cup. (Getty Images)
Greg Norman Kangaroo Presidents Cup

CAPTAIN'S KANGAROO: Greg Norman with his daughter Morgan-Leigh and son Gregory with 9-month-old baby kangaroo 'Putter' who came from Melbourne and visited the International team cabin at the Presidents Cup. (Getty Images)

Steve Willaims Jimmy Johnson Presidents Cup

LET'S PLAY TWO?: Caddies Steve Williams, (L) and Jimmy Johnson walk up a fairway during a practice round prior to the start of the Presidents Cup at Harding Park. (Getty Images)
Elin Woods Presidents Cup

THEY'RE WITH THE BAND: Elin Woods and Michael Jordan's companion Yvette Prieto (left) make their way to their seats during Opening Ceremony of the Presidents Cup at Harding Park.(Getty Images)

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SOMEBODY NEEDS A HUG: Sean O'Hair reacts after missing a putt at the 14th hole during the Day 2 fourball matches at the Presidents Cup at Harding Park. (Getty Images)

Jim Furyk Justin Leonard Presidents Cup

BASIC HUGGING 101: Jim Furyk struggles to properly hug his teammate Justin Leonard following their win during Saturday foursome matches at the Presidents Cup.(Getty Images)

Michael Jordan Bill Clinton Presidents Cup

A SMOTHERING DEFENSE?: Michael Jordan poses with Former U.S. President Bill Clinton during a practice for the Presidents Cup at Harding Park  (Getty Images)

Kenny Perry Anthony Kim Presidents Cup

A WARM KIM-BRACE: Kenny Perry and Anthony Kim in the 18th fairway during the Day 1 foursome matches of the Presidents Cup at Harding Park. (Getty Images)

Camilo Villegas Presidents Cup

SPIDEY SNUGGLE: Camilo Villegas of the International team waits with his companion Maria Ochoa during the Day 1 foursome matches of the Presidents Cup at Harding Park Golf Course. (Getty Images)

Phil Mickelson Fred Couples Presidents Cup

COUPLES RETREAT: USA Team captain Fred Couples, (R) walks alongside Phil Mickelson during a practice round prior to the start of the Presidents Cup at Harding Park. (Getty Images)

Robert Allenby Vijay Singh Presidents CUp

LOVE TAPS: Vijay Singh and his partner Robert Allenby at the 15th hole during the Day 3 morning fousome matches. (Getty Images)

Barry Bonds Michael Jordan Presidents Cup

: Barry Bonds and Michael Jordan clown around on the practice ground during the Day 1 foursome matches. (Getty Images)

Steve Stricker Tiger Woods Presidents Cup

POWER COUPLE: Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods celebrate after Team USA defeated the Internationals 19.5 to 14.5 to win the Presidents Cup. (Getty Images)

Ernie Els Tim Clark Presidents Cup

ODD COUPLE. Ernie Els helps Tim Clark celebrate after Clark made a winning eagle putt Friday evening. (Getty Images)

Tiger Woods Presidents Cup pose

KING STRUT: Tiger Woods follows his second shot at the par-5 18th during the Saturday morning foursomes at the Presidents Cup at Harding Park. (Getty Images)

International team Presidents Cup

ernational Team captain Greg Norman walks to the stage with (R-L) Frank Nobilo, Robert Allenby, Angel Cabrera, Tim Clark and Ernie Els during the Opening Cermonies of the Presidents Cup at Harding Park. (Getty Images)


Lucas Glover Presidents Cup
JUST FOR KICKS: Lucas Glover looks on during the Opening Ceremony of the Presidents Cup at Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco, California. (Getty Images)

Anthony Kim Presidents Cup
HEAVYWEIGHT BELT: Anthony Kim sports a USA belt buckle during the second round fourball matches for the Presidents Cup (Getty Images)
Tiger Woods Ryo Ishikawa

SYNCHRONIZED SWINGING: Tiger Woods and Ryo Ishikawa wait on the first tee during the Day 1 foursome matches of the Presidents Cup at Harding Park. (Getty Images)

Willie Mays Presidents Cup

SAY HEY!: Hall of Fame baseball player Willie Mays and Juli Ogilvy, wife of Geoff Ogilvy, pose for a photo at the first tee during the second round fourball matches for the Presidents Cup. (Getty Images)

Ernie Els Presidents Cup
JUST BUST A MOVE: Ernie Els shuffles his feet to avoid the ball after his shot hit the lip of the bunker on the first hole during the Day 2 fourball matches of the Presidents Cup. (Getty Images)

Fred Couples Presidents Cup
DANCING MACHINE: U.S. captain Fred Couples gets down with his team – Stewart Cink, Hunter Mahan and Sean O'Hair – on the 18th green during the Sunday's singles matches at the Presidents Cup. (Getty Images)


Elin Woods Presidents Cup

RED, WHITE AND YOU: Elin Woods (L to R), Nicki Stricker, Julie Barnett and Yvette Prieto on course during the Day 2 Fourball Matches of The Presidents Cup at Harding Park. (Getty Images)

Ryo Ishikawa Tiger Woods Presidents Cup

RYO BRAVO: Ryo Ishikawa celebrates a birdie putt on the 15th green as Tiger Woods looks on during the Saturday afternoon fourball matches. (Getty Images)
Sean O

PHIL-ING THE GLOVE: Sean O'Hair congratulates his partner after Phil Mickelson hit his second shot at the 16th hole close to the hole for a birdie against VIjay Singh and Tim Clark in Saturday fourball matches at the Presidents Cup, (Getty Images)

Camilo Villegas Vijay Singh
SINGH-PONG?: International team members Camilo Villegas, left, and Vijay Singh, right, play table tennis after their practice round for the Presidents Cup. (Getty Images)

Michael Jordan Angel Cabrera Presidents Cup

: Michael Jordan hugs Angel Cabrera during the Day 3 afternoon fourball matches. (Getty Images)

Tiger Woods Y. E. Yang Presidents Cup

: Tiger Woods and Y. E. Yang during the Sunday singles matches in the Presidents Cup at Harding Park. (Getty Images)


Manuel De Los Santos Alfred Dunhill Links

A LEG UP: Manuel De Los Santos, 25, of the Dominican Republic during a practice round at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at the Old Course. Santos, who plays to a 3 handicap, lost his limb in a car accident when he was 18 years old. (Getty Images)
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Four players vying for DJ's No. 1 ranking at Open

By Ryan LavnerJuly 18, 2018, 8:41 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Four players have an opportunity to overtake Dustin Johnson for world No. 1 this week.

According to Golf Channel world-rankings guru Alan Robinson, Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm each can grab the top spot in the world ranking.

Thomas’ path is the easiest. He would return to No. 1 with either a win and Johnson finishing worse than solo third, or even a solo runner-up finish as long as Johnson finishes worse than 49th.

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Twenty years after his auspicious performance in The Open, Rose can get to No. 1 for the first time with a victory and Johnson finishing worse than a two-way tie for third.

Kopeka can rise to No. 1 if he wins consecutive majors, assuming that his good friend posts worse than a three-way tie for third.

And Rahm can claim the top spot with a win this week, a Johnson missed cut and a Thomas finish of worse than solo second.   

Johnson’s 15-month reign as world No. 1 ended after The Players. He wasn’t behind Thomas for long, however: After a tie for eighth at the Memorial, Johnson blew away the field in Memphis and then finished third at the U.S. Open to solidify his position at the top.

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Punch shot: Predictions for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 18, 2018, 4:00 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – In advance of the 147th Open Championship, writers sound off on burning questions as players ready for a fast and firm test at Carnoustie. Here’s what our writers think about myriad topics:

The Monday morning headline will be …

REX HOGGARD: “Survival.” This one is easy. It always is at Carnoustie, which is widely considered The Open’s most demanding major championship test. Monday’s headline will be that the champion - pick a champion, any one will do - “survived” another dramatic Open. You don’t dominate Carnoustie; you endure.

RYAN LAVNER: “DJ Bashes Way to Victory at Carnoustie.” If somehow a two-win season could be disappointing, it has been for DJ. He’s first in scoring average, birdie average, par-4 scoring, par-5 scoring, strokes gained: tee to green and proximity from the rough. Those last two stats are the most important, especially here at Carnoustie, with these dry conditions. The game’s preeminent long-and-straight driver, there’s a better-than-decent chance he rolls.

MERCER BAGGS: “Rahm Tough: Spaniard charges to Open victory.” Jon Rahm will claim him maiden major title this week by powering his way through the winds and fescue at Carnoustie.

JAY COFFIN: “Thomas wins second major, ascends to world No. 1 again.” Shortly after The Open last year, Thomas rolled through the end of the PGA Tour season. This is the time of year he likes best. Despite a poor Open record the last two years, he’s not remotely concerned. He’s a tad miffed he didn’t win in France two weeks ago and comes to Carnoustie refreshed, with a gameplan, and ready to pounce.

Who or what will be the biggest surprise?

HOGGARD: Style of play. Given Carnoustie’s reputation as a brute, the surprise will be how the champion arrives at his lofty perch. Unlike previous editions at Carnoustie, this week’s dry conditions will promote more aggressive play off the tee and the winner will defy the norm and power his way to victory.

LAVNER: Tiger Woods. This is Woods’ best chance to win a major this year, and here’s believing he contends. His greatest strengths are his iron game and scrambling, and both aspects will be tested to the extreme at Carnoustie, helping separate him from some of the pretenders. With even a little cooperation from his putter, he should be in the mix.

BAGGS: Padraig Harrington. He had a good opening round last week at the Scottish Open and has some good vibes being the 2007 Open champion at Carnoustie. He won’t contend for four rounds, but a few days in the mix would be a nice surprise.

COFFIN: Alex Noren. Perhaps someone ranked 11th in the world shouldn’t be a surprise, but with so much focus on some of the bigger, household names, don’t be surprised when Noren is in contention on Sunday. He hasn’t finished worse than 25th since early May and won two weeks ago in France. He also tied for sixth place last year at Royal Birkdale.

Who or what will be the biggest disappointment?

HOGGARD: Jordan Spieth. Although he was brilliant on his way to victory last year at Royal Birkdale, Spieth is not the same player for this week’s championship, the byproduct of a balky putter that has eroded his confidence. Spieth said giving back the claret jug this week was hard, but his finish will be even tougher.

LAVNER: Weather. This might sound a little sadistic, but one of the unique joys of covering this tournament is to watch the best in the world battle conditions they face only once a year – the bone-chilling cold, the sideways rain, the howling wind. It doesn’t appear as though that’ll happen this year. With only a few hours of light rain expected, and no crazy winds in the forecast, the biggest challenge for these stars will be judging the bounces on the hard, baked-out turf.

BAGGS: Jordan Spieth. The defending champion is still trying to find his winning form and Carnoustie doesn’t seem the place to do that. As much as he says he loves playing in strong winds, there should be enough danger around here to frustrate Spieth into a missed cut.

COFFIN: Rory McIlroy. I hope I’m wrong on this, because the game is better when Rory is in contention at majors. Putting always has been his issue and seemingly always will be. While there isn’t as much of a premium placed on putting this week because of slower greens, he may still have to hit it close. Super close.

What will be the winning score?

HOGGARD: 10 under. The last two Opens played at Carnoustie were won with 7-under and 6-over totals, but this week’s conditions will favor more aggressive play and lower scores. Expect to see plenty of birdies, but the great equalizer will come on Sunday when wind gusts are forecast to reach 25 mph.

LAVNER: 15 under. An Open at Carnoustie has never produced a winner lower than 9 under (Tom Watson in 1975), but never have the conditions been this susceptible to low scores. Sure, the fairway bunkers are still a one-shot penalty, but today’s big hitters can fly them. The thin, wispy rough isn’t much of a deterrent. And the wind isn’t expected to really whip until the final day.

BAGGS: 12 under. We aren’t going to see the same kind of weather we have previously witnessed at Carnoustie, and that’s a shame. Any players who catch relatively benign conditions should be able to go low, as long as they can properly navigate the fairway rollout.

COFFIN: 14 under. Walked into a local golf shop in the town of Carnoustie wearing a Golf Channel logo and the man behind the counter said, “It’ll take 14 under to win this week.” Well, he’s been here for years and seen Carnoustie host The Open twice before. He knows more about it than I do, so I’ll stick with his number.

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Watch: Na plays backwards flop and practices lefty

By Grill Room TeamJuly 18, 2018, 3:16 pm

Fresh off his victory at The Greenbrier, Kevin Na is taking a quite-literally-backwards approach to his Open prep.

Caddie Kenny Harms has been sharing videos of Na's early work at Carnoustie.

This one shows Na standing in a bunker and playing a flop shot over his own head (as opposed to someone else's):

While it's unlikely he'll have a need for that exact shot this week, it's far more likely a player may have to think about turning his club over and playing from the wrong side of the ball, like so:

Na has made 4 of 6 cuts at The Open and will look to improve on his best career finish, currently a T-22 in 2016 at Royal Troon.

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McIlroy growing 'comfortable' on Open courses

By Ryan LavnerJuly 18, 2018, 1:45 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – For a player who once complained about the vagaries of links golf, Rory McIlroy enters this Open with a dazzling record in the sport’s oldest championship.

Though he missed the 2015 event because of an ankle injury, McIlroy has now posted three consecutive top-5 finishes in the year’s third major.

“It’s surprising a little bit that my best form in major championships has been this tournament,” he said Wednesday, “but at the same time I’ve grown up these courses, and I’m comfortable on them. I think going to courses on The Open rota that I’ve played quite a lot. I think that helps. You have a comfort level with the golf course, and you’ve built up enough experience to know where to hit and where not to hit it.”

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McIlroy still regrets what happened in 2015, when he “did something slightly silly” and injured his ankle while playing soccer a few weeks before the event. That came a year after he triumphed at Royal Liverpool.

“Since 2010, I couldn’t wait to play The Open at St. Andrews,” he said. “I thought that was one of my best chances to win a major.”

He tied for 42nd at Carnoustie in 2007, earning low-amateur honors.