Duval Says Perception Changed Not Him

By Golf Channel NewsroomAugust 14, 2001, 4:00 pm
Phil Mickelson says he doesnt think a major championship ' should he win one ' will change the publics perception of him. David Duvall isnt so sure. The winner of this years British Open says that the perception of Duval the winner has changed a great deal from Duval the consistent winner.
 
I think theres a definite change, said Duval. The job of you people sitting in here (the media) is to question why a player of his (Mickelsons) caliber or mine hasnt (won a major.) We can say as much as we want that we believe (how good we are), but until you go do it, it doesnt answer the questions.
 
So I do think it changes the way you are looked at and perceived. Theres just that little question mark. I think you get looked at as a champion, more so than having won the other tournaments. I dont know, its just been a different reception.
 
However, he believes wholeheartedly that his perception of himself has not changed.
 
I think I have greater confidence, because of what happened at Lytham, Duval said. And I was extremely excited about winning. But what I was more proud about than winning was how I played. Not that I played the best golf I can play, because I dont think I did. I played well, dont get me wrong. But just shooting the scores I did on the weekend and not backing into it. I just feel really good about going out there and taking control and taking care of it myself. I feel better about that than the actual win.
 
He has used the Claret Jug trophy for several spirits, he confessed ' Dom Perignon champagne and Louis XIII were sampled from the chalice. However, just to prove his roots, he had one very common drink ' common for the average man. He playfully refused to reveal it, but said it was a beverage that cost only a couple of dollars a bottle. I dont want to anger the R&A by revealing it.
 
And the British Open champion said this year is a little different in that his wins havent come at the same rapid clip as 1998, for example. But theres no question that he thinks he is a better golfer today.
 
Its not week to week to week now ' its April to June to July to August. There are large gaps in between, he said. Its a little bit harder to have that momentum carry-over effect.
 
Certainly it opens the door for me and I come into these tournaments knowing I can win under the various conditions, playing in different levels with my own ability. And that was good thing for me to learn in England.
 
There is the period immediately after the win that the glow is the brightest. For Duval, the day after included a trip to Canada for a skins game, but the elation he felt has rarely been matched.
 
We had quite a nice celebration on the plane ride over, he said. I tossed and turned for a couple of hours in bed, there was no sleep, it was all adrenalin.
 
But it was a great day still. The fact that I was right back out in a golfing arena was probably a good thing. It was a good day ' I have felt better on Mondays, but it was fun.
 
Duvals relationship with Tiger Woods has grown immeasurably over the past year. Duval hasnt yet enticed Woods to go snowboarding ' one of Duvals passions ' but he has enjoyed the friendship immensely. Still, questions about it are a little disconcerting.
 
Its kind of weird to talk about it, said Duval. Its like me asking you about one of your friends and you having to explain the nature of your relationship. Why are you friends with him? is the way it comes across. We see things in a similar way. I think he respects me for my golf, he respects me for who I am, and for stating my opinions and standing up for what I believe in.
 
Ive said on more than one occasion that I have great admiration for what he has to go through rather than how he has played.
 

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 10:15 am

Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.


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McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

Said Harmon:

“Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.


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Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


“He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

“This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

“Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.

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How The Open cut line is determined

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:57 am

Scores on Day 1 of the 147th Open Championship ranged from 5-under 66 to 11-over 82.

The field of 156 players will be cut nearly in half for weekend play at Carnoustie. Here’s how the cut line works in the season’s third major championship:


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• After 36 holes, the low 70 players and ties will advance to compete in the final two rounds. Anyone finishing worse than that will get the boot. Only those making the cut earn official money from the $10.5 million purse.

• There is no 10-shot rule. That rule means anyone within 10 shots of the lead after two rounds, regardless of where they stand in the championship, make the cut. It’s just a flat top 70 finishers and ties.

• There is only a single cut at The Open. PGA Tour events employ an MDF (Made cut Did not Finish) rule, which narrows the field after the third round if more than 78 players make the cut. That is not used at this major.

The projected cut line after the first round this week was 1 over par, which included 71 players tied for 50th or better.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:30 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)