Bubba Watson is headed to Hartford, the site of where his breakout win on the PGA TOUR sent his career soaring to new heights. The Travelers Championship kicks off today and the game’s last three major champions, Keegan Bradley, Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson will be teeing off together today at 12:55PM ET. Teeing off right before this trio at 12:44PM ET is defending champion Fredrik Jacobson, Zach Johnson and Kyle Stanley.
Stay up-to-date on who is topping the leaderboard at the Travelers Championship.
Tournament action begins today LIVE at 2:30PM ET only on Golf Channel.
Thursday, June 21: LIVE 2:30 & 8:30PM ET
Friday, June 22: LIVE 2:30 & 8:30PM ET
Saturday, June 23: LIVE NOON & 9:30PM ET
Sunday, June 24: LIVE 12:30PM & Midnight ET
The Heat is on in Hartford
Added videos shed light on Reed rules controversy
Additional fan videos shed some light on a rules controversy involving Patrick Reed during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, when Reed suggested that Jordan Spieth would have gotten free relief after he was denied a favorable ruling.
Reed had sailed the green with his approach on the 11th hole Sunday at Bay Hill, coming to rest under a palm tree. As the below thread of videos from fan Tyler Soughers illustrates, Reed wanted a free drop because he believed a nearby television tower was in the way of the shot he planned to play.
The initial rules official didn't "see" the shot Reed planned to attempt given the tight confines, and his decision to deny Reed a free drop was upheld by a second rules official. Reed eventually tried to play the ball, moving it a few feet, before being granted relief from the tower from the ball's new position. He ultimately made double bogey on the hole and tied for seventh.
After finally taking his free drop away from the tower, Reed was heard muttering to nearby fans, "What a crock of s---."
Reed and Spieth will have plenty of time to discuss their favorite rulings Friday, when the two players face off on the final day of round-robin play in Group 4 during the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin.
Callaway’s $1 Million FanBeat Challenge
Callaway’s $1 Million FanBeat Challenge is a new live-action game presented by Golf Channel, where golf fans answer trivia and predictive-play questions during tournament coverage for a chance to win $1 million and dozens of other Callaway-sponsored prizes.
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Here's how to play:
- Two pre-round questions are available to answer anytime.
- Additional questions are posted during breaks in the action of each round of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play (previously contested at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Valspar Championship, WGC-Mexico Championship).
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Callaway’s $1 Million FanBeat Challenge is a play-along game that makes watching golf coverage on Golf Channel and NBC more interesting and entertaining. Answer fun questions like “Where did Phil Mickelson play his college golf?” or “How many birdies will Sergio Garcia have on the back nine?”.
The start times to play during this week's API are:
- Group play, Wednesday: 5 p.m. ET
- Group play, Thursday: 5 p.m ET
- Group play, Friday: 5 p.m. ET
- Round of 16, Saturday: 11:30 a.m. ET
- Quarterfinals, Saturday: 3 p.m. ET
- Semifinals, Sunday: 11:30 a.m. ET
- Finals, Sunday: 4 p.m. ET
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Group standings at WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play
Here are the group standings for pool play at the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship in Austin, Texas. The player with the most points in each pool advanced to Saturday's Round of 16 in Austin, Texas. Click here for scoring and click here for the bracket.
|Group 1||Group 2||Group 3||Group 4|
|(1) D. Johnson||(2) J. Thomas||(3) J. Rahm||(4) J. Spieth|
|(32) K. Kisner||(21) F. Molinari||(28) K. Aphibarnrat||(19) P. Reed|
|(38) A. Hadwin
||(48) P. Kizzire||(43) C. Reavie||(34) H. Li|
|(52) B. Wiesberger
||(60) L. List||(63) K. Bradley||(49) C. Schwartzel|
|Group 5||Group 6||Group 7||Group 8|
|(5) H. Matsuyama||(6) R. McIlroy||(7) S. Garcia||(8) J. Day|
|(30) P. Cantlay
||(18) B. Harman||(20) X. Schauffele||(25) L. Oosthuizen|
|(46) C. Smith||(44) J. Vegas||(41) D. Frittelli||(42) J. Dufner|
|(53) Y. Miyazato||(51) P. Uihlein||(62) S. Sharma||(56) J. Hahn|
|Group 9||Group 10||Group 11||Group 12|
|(9) T. Fleetwood||(10) P. Casey||(11) M. Leishman||(12) T. Hatton|
|(26) D. Berger||(31) M. Fitzpatrick||(23) B. Grace||(22) C. Hoffman|
|(33) K. Chappell||(45) K. Stanley||(35) B. Watson||(36) B. Steele|
|(58) I. Poulter||(51) R. Henley||(64) J. Suri||(55) A. Levy|
|Group 13||Group 14||Group 15||Group 16|
|(13) A. Noren||(14) P. Mickelson||(15) P. Perez||(16) M. Kuchar|
|(29) T. Finau||(17) R. Cabrera Bello||(24) G. Woodland||(27) R. Fisher|
|(39) T. Pieters||(40) S. Kodaira||(37) W. Simpson||(47) Y. Ikeda|
|(61) K. Na||(59) C. Howell III||(50) S.W. Kim||(54) Z. Johnson|
Els: Tiger playing well validates his generation
AUSTIN, Texas – Tiger Woods has come close to looking like the player who ruled golf for the better part of 15 years, and Ernie Els is happy to see it.
Never mind that Els was on the losing end to Woods more than any other player.
He speaks for his generation of Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and others. Els keeps hearing about the depth of talent being greater than ever, and he has seen it. But he gets weary listening to suggestions that Woods might not have 79 PGA Tour victories if he had to face this group.
''I'm just glad he's playing like I know he can play to validate me – validate me, Phil and Vijay,'' Els said. ''We weren't bad players. This guy was a special player. To see him back, playing special stuff again ... is great for the game.''
Generational debates are nothing new.
Every generation was better than the next one. Then again, Jack Nicklaus used to lament that Woods was lacking competition from players who had more experience winning majors, such as Arnold Palmer and Gary Player, Tom Watson and Lee Trevino, Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros.
Mickelson, Els and Singh combined to win 12 majors. Els says Woods won 14 on his own because he was that much better.
Does it get under his skin to hear fans rave about this generation's players?
''It doesn't (tick) me off. Can you imagine how it must (tick) Tiger off?'' he said. ''He was leaps and bounds the best player. People forget very quickly, and then you see special players like we have now, the younger generation. But I know what I played against. You can't take anything away from anybody.''
Doug Ferguson is a golf writer for The Associated Press