Finchem holds court

By Rex HoggardJuly 1, 2010, 1:14 am

NEWTON SQUARE, Pa. – PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem talked with the media on Wednesday at Aronimink Golf Club, covering a range of topics from the future of golf in Philadelphia to the future of the AT&T National.

But the most telling item to emerge from his 40-minute Q&A had to do with a “designated tournament” proposal that seems to be gathering momentum.

“We are looking at a system where we would each year identify a short list of tournaments that had serious field needs in terms of ability to build a tournament,” Finchem said.

In practical terms Finchem said for the proposal to become policy in time for the 2011 season the Tour Policy Board must vote on the measure twice and give officials enough time to educate players about the new rule before next year. Which means a decision would need to be made by September, he said.

Other options have been suggested to improve the quality of certain fields, including a one-in-four rule that would require players participate in every event once every four years, and increasing the minimum number of tournaments players are required to play from 15 to 20. The designated tournament proposal, however, seems to be a compromise with broad-based support.

“This is probably a better way to get it done for now,” said David Toms, one of four player directors on the Policy Board. “It’s not too intrusive to the player and not asking too much.”

The way the plan would work is that each year the Tour would select four to five events and top players, probably the top 30 from the previous year’s FedEx Cup points list, would be required to play at least one of them.

“We need to do this, the question is what will it look like?” said Joe Ogilvie, a member of the Tour’s Player Advisory Council. “At the end of the day how do you get with Tiger (Woods) and Phil (Mickelson) and explain it to them and convince them it’s important.”

How a designated tournament would be selected remains to be seen, but there are no shortage of candidates.

“New Orleans stands out, and not just because I’m from Louisiana,” Toms said. “(Zurich) made a big commitment to the Tour in a (economic) down turn and their field hasn’t gotten any better.”

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Watch: All of Tiger's Rd. 3 birdies at The Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 3:20 pm

Tiger Woods started the third round of The Open at even par, having made seven birdies and seven bogeys over the first 36 holes at Carnoustie.

Following three pars to start on Saturday, Woods went on a birdie binge.

No. 1 came with this putt at the par-4 fourth.

No. 2 with this two-putt at the par-5 sixth.

No. 3 thanks to this 30-footer at the par-4 ninth.

No. 4 after nearly jarring his approach shot on the par-4 10th.

No. 5 when he almost drove the green at the par-4 11th and two-putted, from just off the green, from 95 feet.

And No. 6, which gave him a share of the lead, came courtesy another two-putt at the par-5 14th.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 2:15 pm

Tiger Woods, in search of his 15th career major championship title, started the weekend six off the lead at Carnoustie. We're tracking him in Round 3 of The Open.

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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 1:03 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.

Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.

Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.

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After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.

“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”

Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).

It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 12:20 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch.

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.