A Week of Firsts and More Boo

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 7, 2008, 5:00 pm
Editor's Note: In Backspin, the GOLFCHANNEL.com editorial staff takes a look back on the biggest stories from the past week in golf -- with a spin.

Aloha 2008!: Sweden's Daniel Chopra tapped in a 1/4-inch putt on the fourth playoff hole to defeat Steve Stricker to capture the season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii. It was Chopra's second career PGA TOUR victory.
Backspin Nothing like already having travel plans for the 2009 season sewn up in just the first week of 2008. And like they like to say in baseball, 'if the season ended today,' Chopra would be voted player of the year, lead the money list and be the only player back in Maui next year. Unfortunately, the Sony Open starts on Thursday and Tiger has about 16 events yet to play.

NO TIGER, NO PHIL, NO PROBLEM: Tiger and Phil decided - again - not to play in Maui, instead opting to hang out with family and friends in what has become their standard, long winter break from golf.
Backspin While four of the top 10 players - Harrington and Scott the others - were not in attendance for the 'winners only' tournament, that didn't take away from a great week of golf on the breathtaking Plantation Course in Kapalua, which ended with an exciting playoff finish. It now appears as though we will all have to wait for the Buick Invitational, at Torrey Pines, in late January, before we see the top-2 players in the world tee it up.

BUT NO FINCHEM? PROBLEM: PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem also was absent from the lid-lifter in Hawaii and it didn't go unnoticed, subsequently drawing the ire of one player in particular.
Backspin Joe Ogilvie, a member of the PGA TOUR policy board, seemed to have the pulse of the players when he said, 'I think it [sends the wrong message] when you've got four of the top 10 (players) not here at a marquee event. It seems to be common sense to me. If I was commissioner, I'd be here.' Those are Ogilvie's words.

BOO BEING BOO: En route to his visit to Maui for his first-ever appearance in the Mercedes-Benz Championship, Boo Weekley was stopped by airport security and was found to have several bullets in his carry-on luggage.
Backspin After spending the off season falling from ladders and hunting deer, Weekley had a little issue when trying to navigate airport security on his way to Hawaii. Weekley apparently had forgotten to empty out his carry on bag from his last hunting trip, leaving two bullets in the bottom, prompting security to red flag his name. Whoops. 'They put the red flags on me. I had the cops there. I thought I was going to jail,' Weekley recounted. Thanks, Boo, for getting us started on what we all hope is a long year full of stories from you.

RULES ARE RULES...: Scott Verplank had his ball positioned on the slope of the 13th fairway on Thursday - with wind gusting some 30 mph in his face - when his ball moved about a quarter-inch. Verplank did not think he had addressed the ball, but after a discussion with a rules official, he was told he caused the ball to move. Verplank protested, but lost the argument after his round and was left with a double bogey on his card.
Backspin Even Verplank's playing partner, Rory Sabbatini, disagreed with the decision of rules official Mike Shea, which says something. Verplank, who did bounce back with a birdie on the very next hole, finished in a tie for 18th. That extra shot actually only cost him a few thousand dollars in prize money.

UM, THANKS, BUT NO THANKS: It was reported by Golf Digest's Tim Rosaforte this past week that the membership at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York voted to take their club out of consideration from hosting the 2015 U.S. Open. Winged Foot hosted the memorable 2006 U.S. Open, the one that gave us the now infamous Mickelson 72nd hole meltdown.
Backspin According to sources, the main sticking point was - what esle? - money. But another key for the rejection was members not being happy with the amount of time that the course was closed for play. We here at Backspin would rather watch the U.S. Open hosted at another site and never have anyone messing with our tee times. Though it would be very cool to say your club has hosted an Open. O.K. - it's a toss up.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: By virtue of his win in the last event in the 2007 season, Stephen Ames was designated to hit the 'opening drive' of the 2008 season; A report out of Australia told of a python that received emergency surgery after it swallowed four golf balls which it had apparently mistaken for chicken eggs.
Backspin Finally, Ames will ultimately be remember more for this historic 'opening drive' than for his 9-and-8 beat down from Tiger in the 2006 Match Play Championship; A hungry snake, several golf balls, some chickens and going under the knife - sounds like an typical episode of Desperate Housewives.

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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 9:00 am

    Tiger Woods shot his second consecutive 70 on Friday at Carnoustie and enters weekend play at even par for the championship, still in contention for major No. 15.

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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 8:30 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)

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    Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

    By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

    Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

    The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

    Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

    Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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    Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

    Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.

    Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

    Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

    Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

    Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

    Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

    4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

    4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

    4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

    4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

    4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

    5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

    5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

    5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

    5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

    5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

    6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

    6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

    6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

    6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

    6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

    6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

    7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

    7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

    7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

    7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

    7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

    7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

    8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

    8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

    8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

    8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

    8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

    8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

    9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

    9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

    9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

    9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

    9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

    10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

    10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

    10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

    10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

    10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

    10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

    11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson