Backspin Highlighting 2010 - COPIED

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 21, 2010, 9:28 am



Geoff Ogilvy

JANUARY:

The residual from Tiger Woods' Thanksgiving 2009 crash spilled over into 2010 and dominated most of the year. The first month of the year consisted mainly of questions: Where was he? When would he return? Exactly how many mistresses did he have?

Geoff Ogilvy, finally gave us some golf to talk about when he defended his title at the season-opening SBS Championship.

                                                                       
Twenty-two years after father Jay did the same, Bill Haas won the Bob Hope Classic.
                                                              
                                                                        

 


Tiger Woods

FEBRUARY:

One of the hottest topics early in the 2010 golf season was the grooves debate. Players like Phil Mickelson and John Daly used Ping wedges which had square grooves – illegal by U.S. Golf Association standards, save for that particular brand. Scott McCarron went so far as to call the use of such wedges 'cheating.'


While that fire eventually died down, the Tiger Woods saga was just heating up. Woods made his first televised appearance since his scandal broke the previous November, on Feb. 19, before a hand-selected audience in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

 



Ernie Els

MARCH:

Ernie Els ended a two-year winless drought on the PGA Tour by capturing both the WGC-CA Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational.


A Jacksonville newspaper revealed John Daly's lengthy Tour rap sheet, which included a list of transgressions longer than Rapunzel's hair.

On the Tiger front, Woods announced he would return to competition at the Masters Tournament. He also gave his first interview of the year to Golf Channel's. Kelly Tilghman.

 




Phil Mickelson

APRIL:

Tiger Woods faced a packed press room at Augusta National and then tied for fourth at the Masters Tournament.
He followed that, however, with a missed cut at Quail Hollow.

Yani Tseng won her second career major championship at the Kraft Nabisco.

Phil Mickelson earned his third career green jacket by making birdie on four of his final seven holes, including the shot of the year – his second to the par-5 13th – en route to a three-stroke triumph over Lee Westwood.

 



Lorena Ochoa

MAY:

Lorena Ochoa, who announced her retirement in April, played her final event as a full-time LPGA member, finishing sixth at the Tres Marias Championship in Mexico.


Erica Blasberg, a 25-year-old LPGA professional, was found dead in her Nevada home May 9. Her death was later ruled a suicide.

Tiger Woods withdrew from The Players Championship due to an injured neck and split with coach Hank Haney.                                                                        Japanese sensation Ryo Ishikawa fired a 12-under 58 to win on the Japan PGA Tour.

 


Graeme McDowell

JUNE:

Lee Westwood earned his first PGA Tour win since 1998 when Robert Garrigus blew a three-stroke lead on the final hole of the FedEx St. Jude.

One week later, Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell captured the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach when Dustin Johnson blew a three-stroke lead in the final round. McDowell finished at even-par, with Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson all coming up short.

Cristie Kerr won the LPGA Championship by 12 strokes for her second career major title.

 


Paula Creamer

JULY:

Paula Creamer became a first-time major champion, overcoming an injured thumb and a beast of a course in Oakmont to defeat Suzann Pettersen and Na Yeon Choi by four strokes at the U.S. Women's Open.


Louis Oosthuizen routed the field at the Open Championship at St. Andrews. The 27-year-old South African won the men's third major of the season by seven strokes.

Leading into the Open, Paul Goydos shot 12-under 59 in the first round of the John Deere Classic. He eventually finished second to Steve Stricker.

 



Dustin Johnson

AUGUST:

Dustin Johnson unwittingly grounded his club in a bunker on the 72nd hole of the PGA Championship. His bogey-5 was turned into a 7 and he missed a playoff by those two strokes. Germany's Martin Kaymer won the three-hole aggregate playoff over Bubba Watson.


Yani Tseng won her second major of the season at the Women's British Open.

Stuart Appleby became the second player of 2010 to shoot 59 on Tour, doing so in the final round to win the Greenbrier Classic.

 



Jim Furyk

SEPTEMBER:

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin filled out his team by using his wild-card selections on Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, Stewart Cink and Zach Johnson.

Woods, who was officially divorced from Elin Nordegren the previous month, committed to instructor Sean Foley; though, he didn't qualify for the FedEx Cup finale in Atlanta.

Jim Furyk punctuated a thrilling FedEx Cup – and wrapped up P.O.Y. honors – with a $10 million-winning bunker shot on the final hole of the Tour Championship.

 


Ryder Cup

OCTOBER:

Led by captain Colin Montgomerie, Europe won back the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Wales, defeating the U.S., 14 1/2-13 1/2. The competition was plagued by rain, controversy
and a Monday finish, but concluded in dramatic fashion.

Jonathan Byrd made a hole-in-one on the fourth hole of sudden death to win the Justin Timberlake SHO.

Matteo Manassero, who in April became the youngest player to make the cut at the Masters, became the youngest player to win on the European Tour at 17 years, 188 days.

 



Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood

NOVEMBER:

It officially happened on Oct. 31, but Lee Westwood teed it up in November's WGC-HSBC Champions as the No. 1 player in the world, ending Tiger Woods' run of 281 consecutive weeks atop the rankings.


Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer announced that they would give up their PGA Tour memberships in 2011. Louis Oosthuizen said he would accept his Tour membership.

Robert Garrigus rebounded from a devastating defeat in May to win the PGA Tour season finale at Disney World.

 



Joseph Bramlett

DECEMBER:

Graeme McDowell put the finishing touches on a spectacular season by holing a pair of 20-foot birdie putts to win the Chevron World Challenge, and in the process deny Tiger Woods his first victory in over a year.


Maria Hjorth ended the LPGA season by winning the Tour Championship. Yani Tseng was crowned Player of the Year.

Joseph Bramlett, 22, became the first player of African-American heritage to earn his PGA Tour card since Woods, tying for 16th at Q-School.

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Spieth shares Hartford lead; Rory 1 back

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 21, 2018, 10:35 pm

Just a few miles north but light years removed from the difficulty of Shinnecock Hills, the PGA Tour returned to week-in, week-out normalcy with the Travelers Championship. Here's what happened in the first round at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.:

Leaderboard: Zach Johnson (-7), Jordan Spieth (-7), Rory McIlroy (-6), Peter Malnati (-6), Brian Harman (-6)

What it means: The two biggest names in the field, Spieth and McIlroy, are looking for a boost of confidence after missing the cut in the U.S. Open. Their scores look good, but McIlroy won't be happy about closing with a bogey.

Round of the day: Johnson and Spieth both put up 7-under 63s. Johnson, after a relatively pedestrian 2-under front nine, caught fire on the back, making six consecutive birdies on holes 11-16. A three-putt bogey at the 17th ended the run, and he parred the last for his 63. Spieth, the defending champion, put up two birdies and an eagle on the front and four more birdies on the back. Like Johnson, he had only one blemish, a bogey-5 on the drivable par-4 15th when he hooked his drive into the water.

Best of the rest: McIlroy, Malnati and Harman each shot 64. Malnati eagled the 15th and followed that with birdies at 16 and 17 and a back-nine 29. Harman had a rare birdie on the 444-yard 18th for his 64, but McIlroy threw away a shot at the closing hole to fall out of a share of the lead. His right foot slipped as he was hitting his approach shot, and he missed the green. After taking a drop to get away from a sprinkler head, he was unable to get up and down.

Biggest disappointment: Bubba Watson, a two-time winner of this event, could manage no better than an even-par 70. Two-under through 11 holes, he bogeyed three of the next four.

Shot of the day: Can we safely say that Spieth likes the bunkers at River Highlands? Last year he got up and down from one at the 18th hole to get into a playoff, then he holed out from the same bunker to win the playoff. On Thursday he worked his magic at the par-5 sixth hole, sinking his sand shot for eagle.

Biggest storyline going into Friday: Most eyes will be on Spieth and McIlroy, to see if they're over they're U.S. Open funks and gearing up for The Open Championship.

NBC Sports Group to Showcase Top Players in Women's Golf With Comprehensive Coverage of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, June 25-July 1

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJune 21, 2018, 9:35 pm

Golf Channel and NBC to Combine for More Than 40 Hours of News, Tournament and Instruction On-Site from Kemper Lakes Golf Club, Most in Tournament History 

KPMG Ambassador Phil Mickelson to Join Golf Central on Monday, June 25 Live from Soldier Field 

Condoleezza Rice and Olympians Nancy Kerrigan, Hilary Knight and Maia Shibutani to Headline KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit Wednesday, June 27

 

ORLANDO, Fla., June 21, 2018 – Featuring one of the strongest fields of the year, NBC Sports Group will dedicate more than 40 hours of comprehensive on-site news, tournament and instruction coverage of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship – most in tournament history – Monday, June 25 - Sunday, July 1. Taking place at Kemper Lakes Golf Club near Chicago, the third LPGA Tour major of the season will be headlined by World No. 1 Inbee Park, No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn, No. 3 Lexi Thompson, ANA Inspiration champion Pernilla Lindberg and defending champion Danielle Kang. In 2017, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship was the most-watched women’s major championship of the year. 

Through the partnership with KPMG, the PGA of America and the LPGA Tour, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship has been elevated to become one of the most impactful weeks of the year in women’s golf,” said Molly Solomon, executive vice president of content, Golf Channel. “As the broadcast partner for the championship, we strive to elevate our coverage each year to celebrate not only the best players in women’s golf but also female leaders in the workplace through the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit.” 

BROADCAST TEAM: Live tournament coverage of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will be anchored by Dan Hicks, joined by Paige Mackenzie and Gary Koch in the broadcast booth. Tom Abbott will report from an on-course tower, with Kay Cockerill, Jerry Foltz and Mark Rolfing walking the course. Steve Sands will conduct player interviews. 

NBC SPORTS GROUP TO IMPLEMENT POPULAR “PLAYING THROUGH” ENCHANCED COMMERCIAL BREAKS: Making its debut on NBC at the Ryder Cup in 2016, Golf Channel and NBC will implement the popular “Playing Through” enhancement in an effort to elevate the viewing experience for fans tuning in to the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. NBC Sports Group is partnering with several national advertisers to present select commercial breaks in utilizing “Playing Through,” which will employ a split-screen model for a select number of national commercial breaks. This enhanced break will display both the commercial with audio as well as a continuous feed of the tournament action. 

COMPREHENSIVE ON-SITE NEWS COVERAGE: Golf Channel’s signature news programs, Golf Central and Morning Drive, will provide comprehensive, wraparound news coverage throughout the week, produced on-location at Kemper Lakes Golf Club. In addition to daily shows, Golf Central will present special player news conference shows Tuesday and Wednesday, June 26 and 27, at 5 p.m. ET. 

Rich Lerner will anchor Golf Central’s live coverage alongside LPGA major champion Karen Stupples and Arron Oberholser beginning Wednesday, June 27, with Lisa Cornwell reporting and conducting player interviews. Chantel McCabe will set the stage each day on Morning Drive with on-site interviews and analysis, with Paige Mackenzie joining her Monday-Wednesday. 

PHIL MICKELSON TO JOIN GOLF CENTRAL LIVE FROM SOLDIER FIELD MONDAY, JUNE 25: Kicking off KPMG Women’s PGA Championship week will be the KPMG Windy City Skills Challenge, taking place at Soldier Field in Chicago on Monday, June 25. KPMG Ambassadors Phil Mickelson and Mariah Stackhouse along with athletes from the Chicago Bears, Bulls, Fire, Red Stars and Skywill be conducting a special clinic and skills challenge event with local youth organizations. Mickelson will join Golf Central live from Soldier Field on Monday following the conclusion of the skills challenge. 

SCHOOL OF GOLF ON-SITE AT KEMPER LAKES: School of Golf will air Tuesday at 7 p.m. from on-site at Kemper Lakes Golf Club, with Martin Hall and Blair O’Neal hosting a special short-game episode. Scheduled guests include 2018 U.S. Women’s Open champion Ariya Jutanugarn and her coaches, Golf Channel Academy coaches Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott, as well as LPGA major champion Morgan Pressel.  

KPMG WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: Golf Central will offer news coverage of the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit, which will be hosted on-site Wednesday, June 27, featuring an assembly of accomplished leaders in sports, business, politics and media to inspire the next generation of women leaders. 66th Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Olympians Nancy Kerrigan, Hilary Knight and Maia Shibutani will headline the gathering. NBC Sunday Night Football sideline reporter Michele Tafoya will serve as master of ceremonies. The summit will be streamed live on Wednesday on Golf Channel Digital. In addition, portions of the summit also will be streamed via Golf Channel’s Facebook Live. 

DIGITAL AND SOCIAL MEDIA COVERAGE: Golf Channel Digital will feature expanded editorial content during KPMG Women’s PGA Championship week. GolfChannel.com senior writer Randall Mell will report from Kemper Lakes Golf Club with columns and daily blogs, and Golf Channel social media host Alexandra O’Laughlin will contribute to Golf Channel’s social media platforms with exclusive behind-the-scenes content throughout the week. Golf Channel and NBC also will integrate social media throughout the telecasts, incorporating social media posts from players and fans using the hashtag #KPMGWomensPGA. 

News and tournament action surrounding the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship can be accessed at any time on any mobile device and online via Golf Channel Digital. Fans also can stream NBC Sports’ coverage of live golf via NBC Sports.com and the NBC Sports app.

 GOLF CHANNEL / NBC LIVE TOURNAMENT AIRTIMES(all times Eastern):

Thursday, June 28

Round 1

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Golf Channel

Friday, June 29

Round 2

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Golf Channel

Saturday, July 30

Round 3

3-6 p.m.

NBC

Sunday, July 1

Final Round

3-6 p.m.

NBC

 

The PGA of America and KPMG joined forces with the LPGA Tour in 2015 to create a world-class major championship that not only sustains the 60-year legacy of the former LPGA Championship, but also aims to elevate women on and off the golf course. The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship provides a platform to inspire the next generation of women leaders through the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit and the KPMG Future Leaders Program.

 -NBC Sports Group-

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Garcia (73), Fleetwood (74) off to slow starts at BMW

By Associated PressJune 21, 2018, 8:30 pm

PULHEIM, Germany – Sebastien Gros carded a 4-under 68 in windy conditions to lead by one shot after the opening round of the BMW International Open on Thursday.

The Frenchman had four birdies to take the lead before the turn, and a six-footer on the 15th hole moved him two ahead. But a bogey on the next hole left the 28-year-old Gros just one ahead of Jorge Campillo, Scott Jamieson, Aaron Rai and Henric Sturehed.

Sturehed eagled the par-5 No. 13 to take the lead in the morning at the Gut Laerchenhof club.

Christofer Blomstrand, Nico Geyger, Mark Tullo, Victor Perez, David Howell and Nicolai von Dellingshausen are a further stroke back on 2-under 70.

Defending champion Andres Romero was among a large group at 1 under, including 2013 winner Ernie Els and three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.

Romero is bidding to be the first player to retain the title.

Local favorite and 2008 champion Martin Kaymer shot 72, ahead of Sergio Garcia (73) and Tommy Fleetwood (74).

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Ryu thriving again after simple advice from Inbee Park

By Randall MellJune 21, 2018, 7:07 pm

So Yeon Ryu shared Rolex Player of the Year honors last year.

She reigned as world No. 1 for almost five months.

So when she couldn’t keep her momentum going at year’s start, she got frustrated. She wasn’t happy with two top 10s in her first 11 starts.

“I lost a lot of confidence at the beginning of the year,” Ryu said Thursday as she prepared to lead a strong field as the defending champion in Friday’s start of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. “My expectation level was way too high.”

So she sought the counsel of her pal, world No. 1 Inbee Park, who gave her some plain-spoken advice.


Full-field scores from the Walmart Arkansas Championship


“Get over it,” Park told her. “You know what to do. You’ve done it, so it’s not really a big deal. Don’t worry about it. You were No. 1. You’ve achieved a lot of things as a professional golfer. Just don’t be too hard on yourself.”

Ryu got over it winning the Meijer LPGA Classic last week, the sixth LPGA title of her career, her third in 15 months. She’s feeling good again leading a stellar field this week at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark., a strong tune up before next week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the year’s third major championship.

World No. 1 Park, No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn and No. 3 Lexi Thompson are among the top nine players in the world scheduled to compete this week. Twenty-four of the top 30 are in the field.

“When you come to defend your title, you obviously have a lot of pressure, but after I won last week, now I sort of think, maybe I have a chance to defend my title,” Ryu said. “So I've got total confidence, by last week.”