Punch Shot: Biggest surprise who hasn't won in 2013

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 28, 2013, 2:15 pm

Tiger Woods has four wins on Tour this season, but his success also serves to highlight other players’ winless campaigns.

So we ask: Which player are you most surprised hasn’t won yet this year?


Keegan Bradley.

I expected huge things from the 2011 PGA champion. He was coming off another stellar campaign, and his spirited Ryder Cup performance helped bolster his reputation as one of the game’s most exciting players.

The only thing the 26-year-old hasn’t done this season is win. OK, so there were the no-shows in the big events – the first-round loss at the Match Play, the 73-73-82 start at the Masters, the MC at The Players.

But there are the close calls, too: the T-4 at the season opener, the runner-up at the Nelson. In all, he is ranked 13th in the world, he has six top-10s, he sits eighth in scoring average (69.96), and he’s ninth in FedEx Cup points, the only player inside the top 10 without a victory.

If Bradley ends 2013 without a win – it could come as soon as this week’s Memorial, or perhaps at the PGA – feel free to bash me upside the head with a belly putter.


I thought this was going to be a big year for Justin Rose. Still do, actually.

At 32, he’s just entering what is generally considered to be the prime of most professional golfers’ careers. He’s a ball-striking machine whose iron and wedge game is among the world’s top five. And he’s coming off a season in which he had 14 top-10 finishes around the world, including his first WGC title.

It just felt like talent and success were going to happily intersect, resulting in Rose hoisting a few more trophies this year.

It hasn’t happened yet, but he’s hardly been a disappointment. Rose has runner-up finishes in Abu Dhabi and at Bay Hill to go along with a pair of other top-10s. Let’s remember the question here: I’m not calling him this year’s most disappointing golfer so far; I’m saying he’s the one I’m most surprised hasn’t yet won.

There’s still plenty of time, though. In fact, Rose’s first PGA Tour win came three years ago at The Memorial Tournament. He’s back at Jack’s place this week and while Tiger Woods remains the prohibitive favorite, Rose could very well erase his name from the non-winners list this season.


Rory McIlroy’s the biggest surprise.

He did, after all, begin the year No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He’s still No. 2 despite a sluggish start to this season. There was a lot going on in his life with all that comes with being No. 1, with his equipment change, with reports he’s about to leave another management company and with speculation over who he will play for when the Olympics come around. Still, it’s surprising that he hasn’t even given himself a chance to win anything other than the Valero Texas Open late on a Sunday this year. 

He’s been here before, though, just last year. The 2012 Memorial marked his third consecutive missed cut, but he ended up going on a tear in August and September, winning three of four starts, including the PGA Championship. 


This season, Keegan Bradley has done everything but win – literally. Among his six top-10 finishes – tied with Brandt Snedeker for the most this year on the PGA Tour – are a second (HP Byron Nelson), a third (Arnold Palmer Invitational) and a pair of fourths (Hyundai TOC and Honda Classic). A year after leading the Tour in the all-around ranking, the former PGA champ is once again near the top of myriad statistical categories: sixth in total driving, 10th in par-4 performance, 11th in scoring average and eighth in the all-around.

The 26-year-old has demonstrated an ability to close out PGA Tour events – see last year’s win at Firestone in addition to his playoff triumph at the 2011 PGA Championship. This year, though, he hasn’t been able to close the deal, coming closest in his most recent start at TPC Four Seasons, where he led much of the week after setting a new course record in the first round, only to be passed on the final day by Sang-Moon Bae. At ninth on the current FedEx Cup points standings, he remains the highest-ranked player without a win to his credit this season.

Through the first five months of 2013, Bradley has demonstrated an ability to thrive on a variety of courses; he’s posted high finishes at Doral and Redstone, when birdies were required in bunches, as well as Riviera and PGA National, where par was often a good score. Though it’s surprising that he hasn’t already hoisted a trophy this season, with his game clearly at an elite level, the prevailing sense is that it’s only a matter of time before he’s back inside the winner’s circle.

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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.

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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