Which is the best public PGA Tour venue

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 27, 2011, 8:05 pm

From TPC Sawgrass in the Southeast to Pebble Beach along the shores of the Pacific, the PGA Tour schedule is littered with incredible public golf courses. In this edition of Travel Punch Shots, TravelGolf.com senior writers Mike Bailey and Brandon Tucker make their case for the best public PGA Tour venue.

By BRANDON TUCKER

Sure, we all want to play Pebble Beach Golf Links some day, and the resort boasts a price tag to reflect that. But no golf course on the PGA Tour circuit has skyrocketed in street cred the past few years like the South course at Torrey Pines.

A regular PGA Tour stop, this is the course that usually snaps Tiger Woods out of his winter hibernation, and with him comes the first real strong field of the season.

For the golf traveler, Torrey's selling point is this: Of all the current U.S. Open venues, Torrey probably has the best blend of affordability and access. It's a municipal course that allows non-residents to book tee times 90 days out. And you can include it as the feather in the cap of your golf trip to one of the world's great year-round golf markets.

Not only is Torrey Pines far less expensive than Pebble Beach, it's also on the low end of the PGA Tour public venues. Some of the courses that are pricier than Torrey (and aren't a major host) include TPC Sawgrass, TPC Blue Monster, TPC San Antonio, and Harbour Town.

And a round on the South will be filled with vivid, HD TV memories from the 2008 U.S. Open. This is the golf course that will be associated with this generation's greatest duel between Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate. And the extra day of playoff action gave us all a great familiarity with the golf course for when we eventually come ourselves.

I think we all know what not to do on the 13th hole, thanks to floppy Phil Mickelson's quadruple bogey in 2008 from the bottom of the slope leading up to the elevated green. Meanwhile, Tiger Woods rattled home an eagle putt on the same hole that will go down as a Top 10 shot in his career – and is sure to cause some (relative) high drama amongst your own foursome.

For non-residents, Torrey Pines isn't exactly a steal at $183-229, but it's less than half the cost of Pebble Beach. So you could play 18 holes, then enjoy a round on the next door North ($100-125) the following day, have drinks and a nice dinner, all for less than the $495 at Pebble. Now that's smart traveling.

By MIKE BAILEY

This one's easy.

If you polled America's golfers and told them they could play only one more round of golf in their lives, and it had to come from the list of public golf courses on the PGA Tour schedule, they would overwhelmingly check Pebble Beach Golf Links. It wouldn't be close, and it should be unanimous. Playing Pebble is simply magical.

Forget the $495 green fee and lodging requirement – that's not the issue here. And forget the criticism that if Pebble wasn't on the Monterey Peninsula, it would be an ordinary course. That's a moot point. Jack Neville and Douglas Grant designed the golf course around the coastline as it should have been. If it were somewhere else, it would be a different layout.

So with that said, the setting along Carmel Bay alone puts it ahead of 98 percent of all golf courses in the world. The land, sea and cliffs all factor into the experience, and in this case, dominate it. The scenery of San Diego's Torrey Pines is special, too, but it doesn't rank with standing on the tee at the short par-3 7th, wondering whether or not you should hit sand wedge or five-iron.

Sure, the opening hole lacks pizzazz, but look what it's up against: Starting with No. 4 golfers can hardly contain their excitement as they start to make their way along the coastline. It's a stretch of seven holes that's arguably superior to any other stretch on earth, including Augusta National.

And speaking of Augusta National, Pebble has the same mystique. Why? Because Pebble Beach is more than familiar to them. Its five U.S. Opens and the long history of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am mean we know just about every hole out there. Can we say that about Torrey Pines? Most golfers just know that it's on the ocean and that locals get to play for dirt cheap. What they know about Pebble Beach is that it's on the short list of places to play before you die.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 9:00 am

Tiger Woods shot his second consecutive 70 on Friday at Carnoustie and enters weekend play at even par for the championship, still in contention for major No. 15.


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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 GolfChannel.com.  

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; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.


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Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson