GR PGA running diary: Merchandise, HOF on Day 3

By Jason CrookAugust 10, 2014, 12:35 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – I don’t know how I haven’t mentioned it yet, but this week the media center has bombarded us with the new Rory McIlroy Omega commercial featuring the song "Hall of Fame," written and recorded by Irish alternative rockers The Script. If you haven’t seen it, you can watch it here. I would advise against it. It really wasn’t that bad a song, on Tuesday. Today, after hearing it for the 3,764th time, it’s the song I imagine is on repeat in hell. As hard as I've tried, I can't not hear it. 


10:30 a.m. ET – Alarm clock doesn’t go off. My eyes open. I want to sing "It's a Beautiful Morning," but instead the only song my brain can recall at the moment is ... you know.

11:15 – Don't make it down in time to take the media shuttle to Valhalla, but who cares, I’m not missing anything. I take the next one about a half hour later. Our bus driver informs us that he was an extra in the 1996 classic film “A Time to Kill” featuring Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock and Samuel L. Jackson Just thought I’d pass along. Do with that information as you wish.

12:15 p.m. ET – I open the door to the media center, and you guessed it, the sound of evil that is the Omega commercial starts to emanate out of the open space in front of me. I close the door and pace around like a crazy person. That should buy me a good five minutes or so before I have to hear it again.

12:37 – In case you were wondering, here’s what goes on before the leaders tee off on a major championship Saturday.


12: 53


1:15 – Decide I’m tired of typing ellipses. Head to the merchandise tent. The holidays are right around the corner, and Jesus’ birthday just wouldn’t be the same without a shot glass from Valhalla.

1:36 – Pick up a sweatshirt. See the price is $75. Slowly place it down and step away from the sweatshirt.

1:37 – Pick up a T-shirt. $35. Repeat.

1:39 – Find a pair of socks. $9. Still ridiculous, but at least you get two of them. PGA Championship socks for the whole family it is.


2:04 – Make it back to the media center in time to resume doing nothing. Overhear two women ogling Adam Scott on my way. He is apparently playing the hole I’m walking past. I didn’t break the news to them, but there’s a very good chance it’s not a mutual sentiment between the two parties. Hope he lets 'em down easy.

3:05 – Head out to follow the final pairing of McIlroy and Jason Day. The heat is intense. I can feel it in the form of sweat running down my brow and I can hear it in the form of crying children and an older, bickering couple. Nothing brings families together quite like Moving Day at the final major championship of the year. They should hire me to write their slogan next year. This is Argument.

3:15 – Day hits his drive way, way left on No. 2. Guy next to me quips, “He ain’t gonna beat Rory playing like that.” Someone, get this man a microphone and a TV camera, stat.

3:18 – Day takes his shoes off. He would later say he was "too lazy" to put them back on. It's a good thing he's good at golf because i'm pretty sure being too lazy to put shoes on is the first step to living on the street.

4:05 – Spot Rory’s dad in the crowd. He poses for pictures a little differently than most people. Instead of standing still and facing the camera, he runs in the opposite direction. To each his own I guess.


4:12 – Day sails another drive left on No. 6. The Mobile Device Policy Enforcement team is the first on the scene. “No pictures, please! Out of respect for the players!”

4:17 – Day hits his shot. Someone screams out, “bloomin’ onion!” Just so I have this clear, yelling out terrible appetizers from chain restaurants at players is respectful, but taking their picture is not? Got it.

5:22 – Overhear a couple of fans concocting a plan to get hit by a golf ball in hopes that they can score a signed glove out of the deal. Do a quick eBay search on signed golf gloves. A McIlroy glove sold in June for $32. Totally worth it.

5:34 – Fan shouts out to David Feherty telling him what a great job he’s doing. Fan giggles about it. He’s got a story to tell his future grandkids. Those poor, poor grandkids.

6:01 – Come across this bachelor party (below). They’ve been boozing. I didn’t ask or anything, but what other explanation would one have for wearing a Harris English T-shirt jersey? Not like he's ever going to be in the hall of fame. Damn it. I'm going to go beat my head against a wall. Can't wait for Sunday.


Tune in tomorrow for more of Grill Room's exclusive PGA Championship coverage. Click here for a link to today's gallery, and check out yesterday's running diary here.

American Junior Golf Association

Junior golfer's amazing run: ace, albatross, birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 11:03 pm

While most of the golf world had its attention focused on Scotland and The Open Championship at Carnoustie on Thursday, the REALLY remarkable performance of the day was taking place in Halifax, Mass.

There, in an American Junior Golf Association tournament, a 16-year-old Thai player made a hole-in-one and an albatross on consecutive holes.

According to the AJGA, Conor Kelly holed a 5-iron shot on the 198-yard, par-3 eighth hole. It was his first hole-in-one. He then holed a 4-iron second shot from 220 yards on the 480-yard ninth holer for the albatross. (We're gonna go out on a limb and say it was his first albatross.)

Certainly a nice way to make the turn - but Kelly wasn't finished. He birdied the par-4 10th for a 1-2-3 sequence on his scorecard. For the day, he shot a 5-under 67 in the AJGA Junior Golf Hub Championship at the Country Club of Halifax.

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McIlroy, Rahm betting co-favorites after Open Round 1

By Will GrayJuly 19, 2018, 10:10 pm

They're both three shots off the lead, but after starting The Open with rounds in the 60s Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm are now betting co-favorites to lift the claret jug at Carnoustie.

McIlroy is four years removed from his Open triumph at Royal Liverpool, while Rahm remains in search of his first major title. Both carded rounds of 2-under 69 in Scotland to sit three shots off the lead of Kevin Kisner. While McIlroy started the tournament at 16/1 and Rahm at 20/1, they're now dead even at 10/1 in updated odds at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook.

Kisner started the week at 200/1, but after an opening-round 66 he's quickly been trimmed to 25/1. Tony Finau sits one shot behind Kisner and is now listed behind only McIlroy and Rahm at 12/1 after starting the tournament at 60/1.

On the other side of the coin, consensus pre-tournament betting favorite Dustin Johnson fell from 12/1 to 100/1 following an opening 76 while Masters champ Patrick Reed shot a 4-over 75 to plummet from 30/1 to 200/1. Trailing by five shots following an opening-round 71, Tiger Woods' odds remained unchanged at 25/1 as he seeks a 15th career major title.

Here's a look at the revised betting odds heading into the second round at Carnoustie:

10/1: Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm

12/1: Tony Finau

14/1: Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler

20/1: Francesco Molinari

25/1: Tiger Woods, Alex Noren, Henrik Stenson, Kevin Kisner

30/1: Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka

40/1: Ryan Moore, Jason Day

50/1: Erik Van Rooyen, Brandon Stone, Matt Kuchar

60/1: Danny Willett, Thomas Pieters, Marc Leishman, Thorbjorn Olesen, Russell Henley, Matthew Southgate

80/1: Webb Simpson, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Brendan Steele, Kevin Na

100/1: Dustin Johnson, Zander Lombard, Sung Kang, Paul Casey, Louis Oosthuizen, Xander Schauffele, Chris Wood, Pat Perez, Luke List, Charley Hoffman

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Despite 78, Lincicome savors PGA Tour experience

By Randall MellJuly 19, 2018, 9:41 pm

Two bad holes derailed Brittany Lincicome in her historic start Thursday at the Barbasol Championship, but they couldn’t wipe the smile off her face afterward.

It might have been the most fun she ever had shooting a 78.

Lincicome joined Babe Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Michelle Wie as the only women to tee it up in a PGA Tour event when she striped her opening tee shot down the middle Thursday at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky.

A double bogey at her ninth hole and a triple at her 16th might have spoiled her chances at joining Zaharias as the only women to make a 36-hole cut in a PGA Tour event, but it didn’t spoil her experience.

“I did what I wanted to do, with having fun,” Lincicome said. “I think I nailed that part pretty well.

“I love playing with the guys. It's so much fun, being inside the ropes with them. Hopefully, I can get a good one tomorrow.”

Lincicome, 32, held her own for 16 holes, playing them in 1 over par, but those two big numbers left her tied for last place when she signed her scorecard, though other players remained on the course.

At 6 over, Lincicome is 13 shots behind the leader, probably seven or eight shots off the projected cut line, but she savored the experience. She arrived wanting to inspire young girls to dream big, and to bring some extra attention to a title sponsor who means so much to her. She represents Pure Silk, part of the Barbasol family.

Sam Ryder, who joined Conrad Shindler playing alongside Lincicome, was impressed with the way Lincicome carried herself.

“I would play with her every day if she wanted to,” said Ryder, who opened with a 68. “She's just a great person.

“Even though I know she's probably a little disappointed with her final score, she had a smile on her face all day.”

Lincicome, an eight-time LPGA winner, made her first birdie at her 12th hole, dropping a 30-foot putt, but she wasn’t happy with her putter much of the day. She missed three other good birdie chances, a 4-footer at her eighth hole, an 8-footer at her 10th and a 12-footer at the last.

“Pretty happy with my game overall,” Lincicome said. “I had two bad holes, but I drove it well. I did all the things I said I needed to do, but my putter let me down today.”

After piping her first drive, Lincicome opened with three consecutive pars.

“I was actually calmer than I thought I was going to be,” she said. “I thought I was going to be a nervous wreck. After the first tee shot, I was pretty happy that I found the fairway.”

Lincicome said Ryder and Shindler made her feel welcome. So did the crowds.

“It was great,” she said. “I could feel the energy of the crowd support me. Every time I hit a good driver or good shot, they would cheer for me, which was great.

“Conrad and Sam were so nice. I couldn't have asked for a better pairing. They were very welcoming, and we were interacting, they were asking me questions, and it was great.”

On Tuesday, Lincicome said a key to her play would be hitting fairways. She did that, hitting 10 of 14, but she was taking in longer clubs than she does in LPGA events, with Keene Trace set up at 7,168 yards. That’s 600 yards longer than she played last week at the LPGA’s Marathon Classic, where she finished second. She hit just 8 greens in regulation in this PGA Tour start.

Lincicome is nicknamed “Bam Bam.” She is one of the LPGA’s longest drivers, but she was typically 30 to 40 yards behind Ryder and Shindler after hitting her driver. She averaged 259 yards per drive, Ryder 289 yards.

“She had a couple birdie putts that she could have made,” Ryder said. “If she made a couple of those, might've been a little bit different, just to get a little bit of momentum. Who knows?”

Lincicome’s biggest challenges were the par 3s.

At the 18th, playing 195 yards, she mis-hit her tee shot, knocking it in the water, short of the green. She took a penalty, moved up to a forward tee, dropped and hit into a right greenside bunker. She got up and down from there for a 5.

At the seventh, playing 198 yards, she missed wild right and deep. From a tough spot in the rough, she left her pitch short of the green. She chipped her third past the hole and to the fringe, where she took three putts from 20 feet.

Afterward, Lincicome wasn’t dwelling on the bad shots. She was focused on going to sign autographs for all the fans waiting for her, including all the little girls who came out to see her.

“I need to go back over there and sign,” she said. “Any time I can influence a child, especially a girl, obviously I want to get them involved with the LPGA, as much as possible.”

Her overall assessment of her day?

“It was a great experience,” she said.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 8:55 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:

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 early 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 early marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.