Crenshaw Mentor Head 2002 Hall of Fame Class

By Golf Channel NewsroomNovember 15, 2002, 5:00 pm
World Golf Hall of FameThe six newest members were officially inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame Friday evening at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla.
Ben Crenshaw, Bernhard Langer, Tommy Bolt, Marlene Bauer Hagge, Harvey Penick and Tony Jacklin upped the official count to 96 in the Halls corridors.
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One of the NCAAs greatest of all time -- he was a three-time individual champion at the University of Texas -- Crenshaw won his first-ever tournament on the PGA Tour in 1973, and kept winning for 22 more years.
Crenshaw collected 19 tour victories, with two coming at Augusta National. He won his first Masters Tournament in 1984, and then again, at the age of 43, in 1995.
Golf history has been such a big part of my life, he said. Ive thought all this night about the people Ive enjoyed watching, and I cant believe Im being a part of it.
The noted golf historian was one of the smoothest putters in the games annals. He was a four-time Ryder Cup player, but achieved legendary status as a captain in 1999. With his team trailing 10-6 after two days, he furrowed his brow, wagged his finger and forewarned: Im a big believer in fate. I have a good feeling about tomorrow. Thats all Im going to say.
That said, his team rallied to win back the Cup at Brookline ' the biggest final-day comeback in tournament history.
Two weeks before he passed away in April 1995, Penick gave Crenshaw a final putting lesson. Crenshaw listened and went on to his emotional Masters triumph.
I just know as sure as Im standing here that ' Harvey Penick was the sweetest man, the most gentle man. I just know this, that the Lord was somehow honoring him through me, Crenshaw said of that victory.
Penick was a career teacher, and one of the greatest of all time. His pupils included Sandra Palmer, Tom Kite, and Hall of Famers Crenshaw, Mickey Wright, Betsy Rawls and Kathy Whitworth.
The Texas native was the head professional at Austin Country Club from 1923-71, where he told his students to take dead aim. He was selected the 1989 PGA Teacher of the Year, and was author to 'Harvey Penicks Little Red Book,' which stood on the New York Times bestseller list for over 52 weeks.
My father did spend a lifetime in golf, said Penicks son, Tinsley, who accepted on his late fathers behalf.
Ben, he would be tearfully thrilled to know he was going to be inducted in this World Golf Hall of Fame with you. Hell now be surrounded by friends and many of his pupils.
Penick was inducted through the Lifetime Achievement Category.
Langers resume is ever growing. He recently added the Volvo Masters to his list of 43 European Tour titles. He also has a pair of green jackets (1985 and 93 Masters) to his credit.
The 45-year-old German is the youngest in the 2002 class, and was actually selected to the Hall a year ago, but deferred his induction ceremony to this year.
Four times over the years Ive battled the yips. Ive had my ups and downs over the last 27 years. Coming to America and meeting my wife, Vikki, was the highlight of my life, and winning the U.S. Masters a year later was a dream come true, he said
Langer is a two-time Order of Merit (money title) champion in Europe, and two-time Player of the Year. He is also a 10-time Ryder Cup team member, where he has a career 21-15-6 record. He went 3-0-1 in this years Matches. His 24 career points is second only to Nick Faldo (25) for the most on either team in event history.
Like Langer, Jacklin was inducted via the International Ballot. He won the 1969 British Open, the 1970 U.S. Open, and a total of 22 European Tour events. But it is the Ryder Cup where he left his indelible image.
Jacklin was seven times a team member, and four times a captain. After leading his European team to a near upset in 1983, he pulled off the feat in 85. It was the first time in 28 years that the foreign contingency had beaten their American counterparts.
Jacklin then captained the team to a repeat victory in 1987 ' the first such win on U.S. soil. His final captaincy led to retention of the Cup, as the teams halved the Matches in 1989.
It gives me nothing but pleasure to see the Matches have become the centerpiece of what golf means in the world, said a humbled Jacklin.
Bolt was known for his tempestuous nature and his skillful shot-making. Ben Hogan once said, If we could have just screwed another head on his shoulders, Tommy Bolt would have been the greatest who ever played.
Bolt won 15 times on the PGA Tour, including the 1958 U.S. Open at Southern Hills. He birdied the first hole in the first round that year and then thought aloud, I wonder who is going to finish second?
Friday, he recalled a story comedian Bob Hope liked to tell about Bolt playing the 16th hole at Pebble Beach. After hitting his drive down the fairway with a 3-wood, Bolt had about 135 yards to the hole. He then asked he caddie for a 7-iron.
He says, Mr. Bolt, its either a 3-wood or a 3-iron because thats the only two clubs you got left, Bolt laughingly told in relation to his reputation for tossing and breaking clubs.
The now mellowed 86-year-old was elected through the Veterans Category, which honors professional golfers whose accomplishments occurred primarily before 1962 and who did not qualify through other means.
I want to thank the committee for nominating me so quickly, he joked.
This is a great honor being elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame with such a great bunch of golf players.
Hagge also gained entry through the Veterans Category.
She, along with her older sister, Alice, were among the charter members of the LPGA Tour. The younger Hagge won 26 times on tour. In 1956 she won the LPGA Championship en route to capturing the money title.
An amateur standout, the 68-year-old Hagge is the 20th LPGA Tour member to be elected into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
I think to be recognized and honored by your peers is the greatest thing that can happen in any endeavor, Hagge said. Golf has given me so much more than I ever have or ever could give back.
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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

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

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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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 2018, 8:40 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 (