Tucker Vershure Easy PGA Winners

By Golf Channel NewsroomJanuary 31, 2003, 5:00 pm
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Former champions Jerry Tucker of Stuart, Fla., and Rick Vershure of Armonk, N.Y., were easy fourth round winners Thursday in the 40th annual PGA Match Play Championship at the PGA Golf Club.
 
Playing the Dye course, Tucker, 53, routed Robert Jan of Northbrook, Ill., 5 and 4, and Vershure, who turned 50 two weeks ago, scored a 4 and 3 victory over Randy Cochran of Deerfield, Ill.
 
They are among four seniors who advanced to the round-of-16. The others are Steve Heckel and Bob Ralston.
 
Tucker plays Allen Santos of Lowell, Mass., in the fifth round Friday. Santos eliminated John Hickson of West Brook, Maine, 1-up. In 1999, Tucker beat Hickson in the finals on the General course at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens.
 
Vershure was the winner in 1990 and 1993 on the Champion course at PGA National, beating Larry Rentz in the finals both times. Next up Friday is Tim Angis of Saco, Maine, who nipped Larry Emery, 1-up. Emery is a former Tucker assistant at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Mo.
 
The last of six championships in the PGA of America's 50th annual Winter Tournament Program continues through Monday with the winner earning $4,500, the runnerup $2,800 from the $52,130 purse. The tournaments are co-sponsored by the Greg Norman Collection and Reebok Golf.
 
'I putted better today than I have been this week,' Tucker said, 'but he was very unlucky. Three times he hit into a divot and had difficult recovery shots.' Tucker won four holes with birdies, Nos. 2, 3, 12 and 14. After Jan. birdied the eighth to pull within a hole of the lead, Tucker put the match away by winning four straight holes starting at No. 9.
 
Vershure, head professional at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, N.Y., site of the 1997 Walker Cup matches, said he was 'doing a good job as a match play golfer' by getting ahead early, then concentrating on hitting greens the rest of the way.
 
For example, he said, 'Today, I won the first and fifth holes with birdies, the second and sixth with pars.' That gave Vershure a 4-up lead. He lost the eighth when Cochran birdied, both bogeye the 11th and Vershure ended the match by winning the 15th with his fourth birdie of the day.
 
The results:
 
Robert Sedorcek, St. Louis, Mo., d. Dan Tzivanis, Stamford, Conn., 21st hole.
Steve Heckel, Carterville, Ill., d. Mike Martin, New Haven, Conn., 3 and 2.
Sam Olson, Redding, Conn., d. Tom Joyce, Long Island, N.Y., 2 and 1.
Cory Crelan, Edgartown, Mass., d. Ray Rash, Dayton, Ohio, 3 and 1.
 
Allen Santos, Lowell, Mass., d. John Hickson, West Brook, Maine, 1-up.
Jerry Tucker, Stuart, d. Robert Jan, Northbrook, Ill., 5 and 4.
Jim Smoot, Huntington, N.Y., d. Brad Peck, Madison, Wis., 3 and 2.
Bob Ralston, Little Rock, Ark., d. Andy Shuman, Lake Zurich, Ill., 4 and 2.
 
Rick Vershure, Armonk, N.Y., d. Randy Cochran, Deerfield, Ill., 4 and 3.
Tim Angis, Saco, Maine, d. Larry Emery, St. Louis, Mo., 1-up.
Tony Kelley, Holyoke, Mass., d. Tom Hewes, Red Wing, Minn., 2 and 1.
Rob Labritz, Fairfield, Conn., d. Mike Baker Jr., Bar Harbor, Maine, 7 and 6.
 
John Hayes, St. Louis, Mo., d. Jeff Hunter, Columbia, Ill., 20th hole.
Chris Campbell, Vero Beach, d. Joe Cordani, Simsbury, Conn., 3 and 2.
Frank Dully II, Salem, Mass., d. Jerry Impellittiere, New Windsor, N.Y., 19th hole.
Ed Humenik, Palm City, d. Dan Fabian, West Palm Beach, 4 and 3.
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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.


Full-field tee times from the 147th Open Championship

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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 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)