Backspin Highlighting 2010

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 13, 2010, 5:27 pm



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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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

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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

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”