TOUR Notes Curse of the Double Eagle

By Golf Channel NewsroomMay 15, 2007, 4:00 pm
News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
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  • Since the PGA TOUR began tracking double eagles in 1970 an interesting thing has happened. A total of 95 double eagles have been made in that time span, but only once has a player made an albatross and won the tournament. That player would be Bob Gilder at the 1982 Westchester Classic.
  • More on double eagles: When Hunter Mahan and Peter Lonard made double eagles last week at THE PLAYERS, it marked only the fourth time since 1970 that two were made in the same tournament. The others came at the 2005 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, the 2001 British Open and the 1990 International.
  • The PGA TOUR is in suburban Atlanta this week at the AT&T Classic and local Georgia Tech fans will have a number of players to cheer for with five Yellow Jackets in the field. Playing this week in Atlanta are Stewart Cink, Tripp Isenhour, Matt Kuchar, Troy Matteson and Bryce Molder. Georgia Bulldog fans will have plenty cheer about as well with several Dogs in the field, including Justin Bolli, Ryuji Imada and Franklin Langham.
  • Also in the field this week are two Champions Tour regulars'Raymond Floyd and Larry Nelson. Nelson won the AT&T Classic in 1980 and again in 1988. Floyd never won it, but did lose in a playoff in 1982 to Keith Fergus.
  • Charley Hoffman began last weeks PLAYERS in the worst possible way making a quintuple bogey-9 on the 10th hole, his first of the week . He made a remarkable recovery, however, playing the rest of his first round in 2 under par in strong winds to shoot 75. He came back the next day to fire a 69 to make the cut. He ended the week in a T75.
  • Jose Coceres is having a very nice comeback season. Since winning twice in 2001, Coceres has finished 157-152-106-182-147 on the money list. This year, however, hes made only six starts, but hes finished second twice (both in playoffs) and fifth in last weeks THE PLAYERS Championship. Hes currently 32nd on the FedExCup points list.
  • A little more than halfway through the PGA TOURs regular season, the cream is rising to the top in the FedExCup points race. World No. 1 Tiger Woods is first, world No. 2 Phil Mickelson is second and world No. 6 Vijay Singh is third.

    Champions Tour CHAMPIONS TOUR:
  • World Golf Hall of Fame member Seve Ballesteros will make his Champions Tour debut this week at the Regions Charity Classic in Birmingham, AL. Ballesteros won five major championships during his playing days'two Masters (1980, 1983) and three British Opens (1979, 1984 and 1988).
  • The Regions Charity Classic Pro-Am may look like a coachs clinic this week.
    Expected to play are football coaches Bobby Bowden, Nick Saban, Steve Spurrier and Tommy Tuberville along with basketball coaches Jim Boeheim, Mark Gottfried, Jeff Lebo and retired Crimson Tide coach Wimp Sanderson.
  • Defending champion Brad Bryant set a Champions Tour mark that may be very difficult to beat. In last years event, Bryant hit 53 of 54 greens in regulation to set an all-time Champions Tour record.
  • The Regions Charity Classic is the only event on the Champions Tour that has been contested 15 times or more and never had a repeat winner.

    Nationwide Tour NATIONWIDE TOUR:
  • David Frost, a 10-time winner on the PGA TOUR, is expected to make his Nationwide Tour debut this week at the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs.
  • The Pro-Am at the BMW event will feature Hollywood stars Kevin Costner, George Lopez and Cheech Marin, along with former standout athletes Wayne Gretzky, Brett Hull, John Elway, Sterling Sharpe and Jim Rice.
  • Playing on a sponsor exemption this week is PGA TOUR veteran Larry Rinker. Hes had a different job recently, picking up a guitar instead of a driver and playing rhythm guitar for rock legend Stephen Stills on his recent tour.
  • The BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs is the only event on any of the three tours that is contested in two different states. Two of the courses in the rotation are in South Carolina with the third across the border in North Carolina.
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    'Hungover' Pepperell improbably in mix after 67

    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 4:20 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eddie Pepperell’s 11:40 a.m. tee time on Sunday at The Open was a tad early, and not just because the Englishman was heading out more than three hours before the leaders.

    Following a third-round 71 that dropped him eight strokes off the lead, Pepperell did what many golfers do after a less-than-stellar round – he drank.

    “Honestly, I was a little hungover. I won't lie. I had too much to drink last night,” said Pepperell, who said he went to bed on Friday at around 11:30 p.m. “I was so frustrated yesterday, that today was really, I wouldn't say a write-off, but I didn't feel I was in the golf tournament. Whether I shot 69 or 73 today, it wouldn't have been heartbreaking.”

    Pepperell was much closer to the former on Sunday, posting a round-of-the-day 67 to move to within one stroke of the lead held by multiple players as the leaders made the turn.

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    Pepperell had just a single bogey on a blustery day at Carnoustie and closed his round with birdies at Nos. 14 and 17. It was one of just four rounds in the 60s on a course that had become increasingly difficult with each gust.

    With six players tied for the lead at 6 under par, including defending champion Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, Pepperell planned to wait and see how the afternoon progressed.

    “The only hope I have is that it's Carnoustie, and the last three, four holes, even though they're downwind, still anything can happen with obviously pressure and all that sort of stuff out here,” he said. “So I'll have to hang around.”

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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 4:00 pm

    Tiger Woods is stalking his 15th career major championship trophy. Follow the action with our tracker to see if he can get it done at Carnoustie.

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    Pros melting down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

    By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 3:42 pm

    Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

    His fellow pros have been watching and tweeting like your average fans.

    We're compiling their missives below:

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    Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 11:00 am

    NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

    Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

    7AM-3PM (Watch): Jordan Spieth fired 65 to move into a three-way share of the 54-hole lead, while Tiger Woods (66) played his way into contention. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler and Thorbjorn Olesen.

    4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau.

    Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

    8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

    1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

    Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

    Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

    1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.