Tip of the Week: Paying attention to fundamentals

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 18, 2014, 4:00 pm

It's simply indisputable that Tom Watson is one of golf's all-time greatest players.

Watson has won 71 times as a professional, including eight major championships, and he will lead the U.S. Ryder Cup team into action next week against a talented European squad at Gleneagles in Scotland.

What amazes many about Watson is how timeless his golf game appears to be at age 65. His swing has barely changed through the years, and he still competes at a high level pretty much every time he tees it up.

According to Watson, his ability to sustain his impressive game for so many years relates back to the fundamentals he learned as a child.

What are those fundamentals? Watson has the answers for you in this video segment, and there's plenty that you can learn from his wisdom regardless of your ability level how long you've been playing.

For more tips from Golf Channel to help you improve your game, click here.

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Garcia leads as Valderrama Masters extends to Monday

By Will GrayOctober 21, 2021, 3:52 pm

Weather continues to be the enemy at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters, where Sergio Garcia remains in front as the tournament heads for a Monday finish.

European Tour officials had already ceded the fact that 72 holes would not be completed this week in Spain, but players were not even able to finish 54 holes before another set of thunderstorms rolled in Sunday afternoon to once again halt play. Garcia remains in front at 10 under, having played seven holes of the third round in even par, while Lee Westwood is alone in second at 7 under.

Officials had previously stated an intention to play at least 54 holes, even if that meant extending the tournament to Monday, given that this is the final chance for many players to earn Race to Dubai points in an effort to secure European Tour cards for 2019. Next week's WGC-HSBC Champions will be the final event of the regular season, followed by a three-event final series.

Full-field scores from the Andalucia Valderrama Masters

Garcia, who won the tournament last year, started the third round with a four-shot lead over Ashley Chesters. He balanced one birdie with one bogey and remains in position for his first worldwide victory since the Asian Tour's Singapore Open in January.

Westwood, who has his son Sam on the bag this week, made the biggest charge up the leaderboard with four birdies over his first eight holes. He'll have 10 holes to go when play resumes at 9:10 a.m. local time Monday as he looks to win for the first time since the 2015 Indonesian Masters.

Shane Lowry and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano are tied for third at 6 under, four shots behind Garcia with 10 holes to play, while Chesters made two double bogeys over his first four holes to drop into a tie for sixth.

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Garcia wins rain-shortened Valderrama Masters

By Associated PressOctober 22, 2018, 12:48 pm

SOTOGRANDE, Spain -- Sergio Garcia won his third Andalucia Valderrama Masters on Monday, finishing the rain-shortened European Tour event four shots ahead of Shane Lowry.

Garcia shot a 2-under 69 for a 12-under 201 total in the 54-hole tournament at the Real Club Valderrama in southern Spain. Lowry shot a 66 in the final round.

Garcia, the tournament host, had a three-shot lead before the turn when stormy conditions suspended play on Sunday. He had three birdies and a bogey when play resumed on Monday, enough to add to his Valderrama titles in 2011 and 2017.

''It's amazing to be able to win here at Valderrama three times. It's a dream come true,'' the Spaniard said. ''This golf course is so challenging and for me to be able to go out there in the conditions we played in all week and shoot three rounds under par means a lot. I'm very proud of that and really excited about the week.''

Full-field scores from the Andalucia Valderrama Masters

Lowry was as close as one shot off the lead after a round that included seven birdies. His title chances ended with a double bogey at the par-3 15th hole.

''Obviously Shane was playing well, he got close to me, then unfortunately he doubled 15 and that gave me a little bit of an extra gap, with his double and my birdie on 14 opening it to four, and we kept it there until the end so that was nice,'' Garcia said.

Lee Westwood (70) finished tied for fifth.

Tournament officials reduced the event to 54 holes on Saturday after bad weather had forced several delays.

It was the 15th European Tour win for Garcia, the 2017 Masters champion.

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Paul Azinger Joins NBC Sports Group, Succeeding Johnny Miller as Lead Golf Analyst

By Golf Channel Public RelationsOctober 22, 2018, 12:15 pm

Azinger Will Be Lead Golf Analyst on Golf Channel and NBC Tournament Coverage, Contribute to Golf Central’s Live From the Masters,

Golf Channel’s Instructional Platforms and Future Golf Films Projects

Paul Azinger will become NBC Sports’ lead golf analyst in 2019, following Johnny Miller’s retirement at the Waste Management Phoenix Open (Jan. 31-Feb. 3). The announcement was made by Molly Solomon, executive vice president, content, Golf Channel.

“For nearly three decades fans tuning into NBC Sports’ golf coverage have been accustomed to a lead analyst that told it like it was, and that mantra will continue with Paul Azinger calling the action from our 18th tower,” Solomon said. “Following Johnny Miller is a tall order. However, we’re confident in Paul’s ability to serve our viewers with candor and sharp insight, pulling from his decorated professional golf career and extensive broadcast experience.”

“I have great admiration for both the quality of NBC Sports’ coverage and commitment to great storytelling, as well as the network’s deep commitment to the game I love,” Azinger said. “It is a great honor to cover a tremendous slate of PGA TOUR and marquee events, including THE PLAYERS, The Open, Ryder Cup and Tokyo Olympics. Additional opportunities to contribute to instructional and historical projects, as well as Golf Channel’s top-notch news platforms, makes this the role of a lifetime.”

“Paul is one of the most perceptive minds in golf,” said Tommy Roy, lead golf producer, NBC Sports. “His innate ability to dissect the action in front of him and convey it to the viewer in such a concise, assured manner is what we value most across our tournament broadcast team.”

Additionally, Azinger will contribute to Golf Channel’s portfolio of platforms, ranging from Golf Central’s Live From the Masters alongside former colleague Mike Tirico; develop instructional content for both on-air and via Revolution Golf; and develop documentary projects for Golf Channel’s Emmy-nominated and critically-acclaimed Golf Films.

Azinger’s NBC Sports schedule in 2019, which will regularly include all four days of tournament coverage on Golf Channel and NBC, will kick off at the WGC-Mexico Championship (Feb. 21-24). NBC Sports will allow Azinger to continue to call The Masters for the BBC, as well as the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open on FOX.

Paul Azinger Bio:

After playing for Florida State University, Azinger’s professional career highlights include 17 worldwide wins, including 12 PGA TOUR wins and the 1993 PGA Championship, as well as captaining the victorious 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup team. Following his breakthrough major championship victory at the PGA Championship at Inverness, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. After battling the disease for months with intensive chemotherapy and radiation, he was able to return to golf and received the Golf Writer’s Association of America Ben Hogan Award in 1995, which recognizes a professional golfer who remains active in the sport despite serious illness or physical handicap. Azinger’s comeback was fully realized in 2000, when at the age of forty, he won the Sony Open in Hawaii.

From 2006-2015 he served as the lead golf analyst for ABC and subsequently ESPN. In 2016, he joined Fox Sports' team for its slate of USGA Championships. Paul enjoys many hobbies off the course, including an affinity for poker and foosball, as well as maintaining a consistent schedule of all types of fishing. Azinger and his wife Toni reside in Bradenton, Fla., near their daughters Josie (son-in-law Sebastian) and Sarah Jean (son-in-law Tim). They are proud grandparents of Campbell and Houston.

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CJ Cup purse payout: Koepka gets PAID

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 22, 2018, 11:52 am

Brooks Koepka vaulted to world No. 1 with his victory at the CJ Cup. He also earned a lot of money. Here's how the purse was paid out in South Korea.

1 Brooks Koepka -21 $1,710,000
2 Gary Woodland -17 $1,026,000
T3 Ryan Palmer -15 $551,000
T3 Rafael Cabrera Bello -15 $551,000
T5 Jason Day -12 $361,000
T5 Scott Piercy -12 $361,000
T7 Pat Perez -11 $296,083
T7 Chez Reavie -11 $296,083
T7 Cameron Smith -11 $296,083
T10 Adam Hadwin -10 $228,000
T10 Adam Scott -10 $228,000
T10 J.J. Spaun -10 $228,000
T10 Ian Poulter -10 $228,000
T14 Tyrrell Hatton -9 $164,730
T14 Keith Mitchell -9 $164,730
T14 Brendan Steele -9 $164,730
T14 Ted Potter Jr. -9 $164,730
T18 Marc Leishman -8 $121,600
T18 Beau Hossler -8 $121,600
T18 Alexander Noren -8 $121,600
T18 Hideki Matsuyama -8 $121,600
T18 Paul Casey -8 $121,600
T23 Patton Kizzire -7 $79,895
T23 C.T. Pan -7 $79,895
T23 Danny Willett -7 $79,895
T23 J.B. Holmes -7 $79,895
T23 Si Woo Kim -7 $79,895
T23 Jamie Lovemark -7 $79,895
T29 Joel Dahmen -6 $56,824
T29 Andrew Putnam -6 $56,824
T29 Louis Oosthuizen -6 $56,824
T29 Sung Kang -6 $56,824
T29 Kevin Chappell -6 $56,824
T29 Jimmy Walker -6 $56,824
T29 Ryan Armour -6 $56,824
T36 Joaquin Niemann -5 $42,465
T36 Ernie Els -5 $42,465
T36 Justin Thomas -5 $42,465
T36 Brian Harman -5 $42,465
T36 Brandt Snedeker -5 $42,465
T41 Sung-jae Im -4 $30,970
T41 Dong Seop Maeng -4 $30,970
T41 Brice Garnett -4 $30,970
T41 Rod Pampling -4 $30,970
T41 Graeme McDowell -4 $30,970
T41 Austin Cook -4 $30,970
T41 Byeong Hun An -4 $30,970
T48 Charley Hoffman -3 $22,230
T48 Nick Watney -3 $22,230
T48 Branden Grace -3 $22,230
T48 Xander Schauffele -3 $22,230
T52 Kevin Tway -2 $20,140
T52 Kevin Na -2 $20,140
T52 Brian Stuard -2 $20,140
T55 Emiliano Grillo -1 $19,095
T55 Jason Dufner -1 $19,095
T55 Shubhankar Sharma -1 $19,095
T55 Peter Uihlein -1 $19,095
T55 Tae hee Lee -1 $19,095
T55 James Hahn -1 $19,095
T61 Brian Gay E $18,050
T61 Ryan Moore E $18,050
T61 Kyoung-Hoon Lee E $18,050
T61 Charles Howell III E $18,050
T61 Doyeob Mun E $18,050
66 Kyle Stanley 1 $17,480
T67 Billy Horschel 2 $17,100
T67 Sanghyun Park 2 $17,100
T67 Jason Kokrak 2 $17,100
T70 Charl Schwartzel 4 $16,625
T70 Stewart Cink 4 $16,625
72 Whee Kim 5 $16,340
T73 Abraham Ancer 6 $15,960
T73 Chesson Hadley 6 $15,960
T73 Hyungjoon Lee 6 $15,960
76 Michael Kim 9 $15,580
T77 Hyun-woo Ryu 13 $15,295
T77 Minchel Choi 13 $15,295