Power Rankings A New Beginning

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 4, 2011, 2:44 pm
Here are GolfChannel.com’s Power Rankings, the top 10 favorites for this week's PGA Tour event:

2011 Power Rankings: Week 1

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Geoff Ogilvy1Geoff Ogilvy

Ogilvy displays a Jekyll-and-Hyde game at times, but the back-to-back defending champion has owned Kapalua the last two years, meaning it won't be surprising to see Dr. Jekyll  – or is it Mr. Hyde  – show up for a third consecutive year. 

Graeme McDowell
2
Graeme McDowell

2010 was G-Mac's year and if 2011 has similar designs, he'll be a high Power Rankings pick in nearly every event he plays.

Ernie Els
3
Ernie Els
Els won at Kapalua in '03 and with a victory at the South African Open just a few weeks ago, the Big Easy looks primed to make good during the last few years of his prime. He'll start 2011 looking competitive.
Dustin Johnson
4
Dustin Johnson
DJ had a big 2010 and many expect 2011 to be even bigger for the lanky South Carolina native. Should be fun to watch Johnson crushing drives this week with the wind at his back.
Jim Furyk
5
 Jim Furyk
He's riding a $10 million high after last fall's FedEx Cup victory, which proved he can still hang with the best of 'em. But it will be interesting to see if he continues his clutch play, or comes into the season with a FedEx hangover. 
Stuart Appleby
6
 Stuart Appleby
Appleby shot 59 to win at the Greenbriar last summer, won in his native Australia in November and captured this event in '04, '05 and '06. He could be a real diamond ... er, apple ... in the rough this week.
Matt Kuchar
7
 Matt Kuchar
Including his dramatic win at The Barclays last summer, Kuch was one of the most consistent players in the game last year, with 11 top-10s and 23 of 26 cuts made. He's a good bet to always place or show, if not win.
Hunter Mahan
8
Hunter Mahan
Mahan is a big question to many because of the emotional singles loss at the Ryder Cup. He could easily rebound and use the experience as a positive, but it's possible the scar hasn't fully healed yet.
9
Adam Scott
Scott's got his groove back after winning the Singapore Open in November and there's no doubt he has the talent to win anywhere and everywhere. He just needs to keep his mind on the course and not the surf this week.
Steve Stricker
10
Steve Stricker
Stricker has won over $10 million on the PGA Tour the last two years, meaning the Wisconsinite should never be counted out as a top contender.  But it's been a cold winter in the Midwest, so we'll see how well he adapts to the warm Hawaii sun in his first event back.

Also receiving votes: Ian Poulter, Anthony Kim, Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Ben Crane.

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Three of world's top 5 MC; not 60-year-old Langer

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 7:04 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Three of the top five players in the world missed the cut at The Open.

Bernhard Langer did not.

The 60-year-old, who is in the field via his victory in last year’s Senior Open Championship, shot even-par 71 on Friday. At 2 over through 36 holes, he safely made it under the plus-3 cut line.

"You know, I've played the Masters [this year], made the cut. I'm here and made the cut. I think it is an accomplishment," he said. "There's a lot of great players in the field, and I've beaten a lot of very good players that are a lot younger than me."

Langer had three birdies and three bogeys in the second round and said afterwards that he was “fighting myself” with his swing. He’s spent the last few days on the phone with his swing coach, Willy Hoffman, trying to find some comfort.


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Despite his score, and his made cut, Langer the perfectionist wasn’t satisfied with the way he went about achieving his results.

"I wasn't happy with my ball-striking. My putting was good, but I was unlucky. I had like four lip-outs, no lip-ins. That part was good. But the ball-striking, I wasn't really comfortable with my swing," he said. "Just, it's always tough trying stuff in the middle of a round."

Langer, a two-time Masters champion, has never won The Open. He does, however, have six top-3 finishes in 30 prior starts.

As for finishing higher than some of the top-ranked players in the world, the World Golf Hall of Famer is taking it in stride.

"I'm not going to look and say, 'Oh, I beat Justin Rose or beat whatever.' But it just shows it's not easy. When some of the top 10 or top 20 in the world don't make the cut, it just shows that the setup is not easy," Langer said. "So I got the better half of the draw maybe, too, right? It wasn't much fun playing in the rain, I guess, this morning for five hours. I had to practice in the rain, but I think once I teed off, we never used umbrellas. So that was a blessing."

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Kisner doubles 18, defends not laying up

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 6:42 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It was only fitting that Jean Van de Velde was there working as an on-course reporter on Friday as Kevin Kisner struggled his way up Carnoustie’s 18th fairway.

Rolling along with a two-stroke lead, Kisner’s 8-iron approach shot from an awkward lie in the rough from 160 yards squirted right and bounced into Barry Burn, the winding creek where Van de Velde’s title chances at the 1999 Open Championship began to erode.

Unlike Van de Velde, who made a triple bogey-7 and lost The Open in a playoff, Kisner’s double bogey only cost him the solo lead and he still has 36 holes to make his closing miscue a distant memory. That’s probably why the 34-year-old seemed at ease with his plight.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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“It just came out like a high flop shot to the right. It was weird. I don't know if it caught something or what happened,” said Kisner, who was tied with Zach Johnson and Zander Lombard at 6 under par. “You never know out of that grass. It was in a different grass than usual. It was wet, green grass instead of the brown grass. So I hadn't really played from that too much.”

Like most in this week’s field Kisner also understands that rounds on what is widely considered the most difficult major championship venue can quickly unravel even with the most innocent of mistakes.

“To play 35 holes without a double I thought was pretty good,” he said. “I've kept the ball in play, done everything I wanted to do all the way up into that hole. Just one of those things that came out completely different than we expected. I'll live with that more than chipping out and laying up from 20 feet.”

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Wind, not rain more a weekend factor at Open

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:39 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – After a half-day of rain in Round 2 of the 147th Open Championship, the weekend offers a much drier forecast.

Saturday at Carnoustie is projected to be mostly cloudy with a high of 62 degrees and only a 20 percent chance of rain.


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Sunday calls for much warmer conditions, with temperatures rising upwards of 73 degrees under mostly cloudy skies.

Wind might be the only element the players have to factor in over the final 36 holes. While the winds will be relatively calm on Saturday, expected around 10-15 mph, they could increase to 25 mph in the final round.

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Van Rooyen holes putt after ball-marker ruling

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Erik van Rooyen was surveying his 10-footer for par, trying to get a feel for the putt, when his putter slipped out of his hand and dropped onto his ball marker.

The question, then, was whether that accident caused his coin to move.

The rules official looked at various camera angles but none showed definitively whether his coin moved. The ruling was made to continue from where his coin was now positioned, with no penalty.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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This was part of the recent rules changes, ensuring there is no penalty if the ball or ball maker is accidently moved by the player. The little-used rule drew attention in 2010, when Ian Poulter accidentally dropped his ball on his marker in Dubai and wound up losing more than $400,000 in bonus and prize money.

After the delay to sort out his ruling Friday, van Rooyen steadied himself and made the putt for par, capping a day in which he shot even-par 71 and kept himself in the mix at The Open. He was at 4-under 138, just two shots off the clubhouse lead.

“I wanted to get going and get this 10-footer to save par, but I think having maybe just a couple minutes to calm me down, and then I actually got a different read when I sat down and looked at it again,” he said. “Good putt. Happy to finish that way.”