The mane event: One-on-one with @BrandelsHair

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 31, 2014, 10:00 pm

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The Grill Room is on-site at this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, and our correspondent was granted an exclusive, one-on-one interview with local celebrity @BrandelsHair, who has called Scottsdale home for the past 30 years. Catch him on top of Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee’s head in the broadcast booth all week from TPC Scottsdale, or if you’re in the area, come out and say hello.

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Grill Room: What were you like growing up?

Brandel's Hair: All I can say is in the third grade, girls used to chase me and fight over who could run their fingers through me. As Brandel’s gotten older, he's learned to run slower. 


GR: A lot of people think Brandel colors you. What do you say to that?

BH: I'm a big believer in playing the hand you're dealt. I just happened to have been dealt a royal flush.


GR: What color are you?

BH: I like to say I'm 50 shades of gray.


GR: What products do you use?

BH: Who are you writing for, In Style? Is this going to be one of those "Who Wore It Better?" deals? Listen, I've got to maintain some mystery here. Let's just say I use shampoo and conditioner. When they start paying me to use them, I'll give them some props.

GR: What about mousse?

BH: Chocolate's OK, but I'm more of a creme brulee guy.

GR: You know what I mean. Are you going to be serious?

BH: You're interviewing hair. You shouldn't be surprised if I occasionally bristle.

GR: OK, I'll let that go. Blow dry or air dry?

BH: I'll answer that this way: Do you see Brandel playing persimmon woods and using hickory shafts?

GR: You know, you're being very difficult to deal with.

BH: That's what Brandel says. 


GR: Do you have a regular stylist?

BH: I don't know if he's regular or not - I've never asked him. That's a little personal, isn't it?

GR: No, is there someone you go to, uh, regularly?

BH: Nah, this crazy guy will go to anybody.


GR: What's a bad hair day for you?

BH: When Brandel doesn't go out. If you got it, you gotta flaunt it, right?


GR: Who's your favorite golfer?

BH: That's easy. Robert Rock. Great hair, great name, no hat.


 GR: Brandel analyzes swings. I'm assuming you'd like to analyze hair. Let's start with Stewart Cink.

BH: Brandel likes natural swings, and I'm a fan of no dyes, plugs or wigs, but the alabaster dome needs some sun time.

GR: Ian Poulter

BH: He's going for Rod Stewart, which at least is better than going for Patrick Stewart (and let's face it, Stewart Cink is all over that look). He's got the clothes, but the hair doesn't quite cut it. Talk to me when it gets its own Twitter handle.

GR: Rory McIlroy

BH: I like it. Natural, long and curly. Kind of like his drives.

GR: Miguel Angel Jimenez

BH: Ponytails on men are just wrong. See Steven Seagal. But he's the exception to the rule. It's like Jim Furyk's golf swing. It's all wrong, but it works.


GR: Among the people Brandel works with, who has the best hair besides you?

BH: People always ask me if Holly Sonders' hair is real. Real or fake, I say who cares?! And Frank Nobilo never wore a hat when he played golf and why would he? That's one terrific head of hair. Sometimes, when I look at it, I feel like Ben Hogan watching Sam Snead swing a golf club.


GR: If you could be anybody else's hair, who's would you be?

BH: Please. That's like asking the Mona Lisa if you'd like to be another painting.


GR: Who's the better half, you or Brandel?

BH: Me. I have no idea what's coming out of that guy's mouth. I'm so close to his brain but I can't control it.


GR: What's your biggest fear?

BH: That he'll start playing, play well and get a hat deal. But I've seen him hit it recently and I think I'm safe.


GR: Who’s the most famous person to touch you?

BH: Christophe. He said I was fabulous.

(Editor’s note: Christophe is a Belgian American hair stylist based in Beverly Hills. His clients have included Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Nicole Kidman, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Britney Spears, Pamela Anderson, Goldie Hawn and, most notably, @BrandelsHair. He currently charges $500 for a haircut.)


GR: How have you handled fame?

BH: I look at it this way: When you're on top, just enjoy the view.


GR: Have you ever been blamed for a bad shot?

BH: When he used to play golf I got in his eyes a few times on critical shots, and I felt bad about it. But we did look good.


GR: Do you ever feel taken for granted?

BH: No, I can tell by the look in Brandel's eyes every morning that he truly loves me.


GR: Which have you enjoyed more - golf or the broadcast booth?

BH: Golf brought out the best in him. TV brings out the best in me. You tell me which one of us has had the better career.


GR: People say you’re the best hair on TV. Do you agree with that?

BH: Well, modesty prevents me ... oh what the heck, yes, absolutely. 


A big thanks to @BrandelsHair for taking time out of his busy schedule. Remember to catch him all week live from the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 5:40 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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The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 5:30 am

Take a look at some answers to frequently asked questions about The Open:

What's all this "The Open" stuff? I thought it was the British Open.

What you call it has historically depended on where you were. If you were in the U.S., you called it the British Open, just as Europeans refer to the PGA Championship as the U.S. PGA. Outside the U.S. it generally has been referred to as The Open Championship. The preferred name of the organizers is The Open.

How old is it?

It's the oldest golf championship, dating back to 1860.

Where is it played?

There is a rotation – or "rota" – of courses used. Currently there are 10: Royal Birkdale, Royal St. George's, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham and St. Annes, all in England; Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland and St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Royal Troon, Turnberry and Muirfield, all in Scotland. Muirfield was removed from the rota in 2016 when members voted against allowing female members, but when the vote was reversed in 2017 it was allowed back in.

Where will it be played this year?

At Carnoustie, which is located on the south-eastern shore of Scotland.

Who has won The Open on that course?

Going back to the first time Carnoustie hosted, in 1931, winners there have been Tommy Armour, Henry Cotton (1937), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968), Tom Watson (1975), Paul Lawrie (1999), Padraig Harrington (2007).

Wasn't that the year Hogan nearly won the Slam?

Yep. He had won the Masters and U.S. Open that season, then traveled to Carnoustie and won that as well. It was the only time he ever played The Open. He was unable to play the PGA Championship that season because the dates conflicted with those of The Open.

Jean Van de Velde's name should be on that list, right?

This is true. He had a three-shot lead on the final hole in 1999 and made triple bogey. He lost in a playoff to Lawrie, which also included Justin Leonard.

Who has won this event the most?

Harry Vardon, who was from the Channel Island of Jersey, won a record six times between 1896 and 1914. Australian Peter Thomson, American Watson, Scot James Braid and Englishman J.H. Taylor each won five times.

What about the Morrises?

Tom Sr. won four times between 1861 and 1867. His son, Tom Jr., also won four times, between 1868 and 1872.

Have players from any particular country dominated?

In the early days, Scots won the first 29 Opens – not a shocker since they were all played at one of three Scottish courses, Prestwick, St. Andrews and Musselburgh. In the current era, going back to 1999 (we'll explain why that year in a minute), the scoreboard is United States, nine wins; South Africa, three wins; Ireland, two wins; Northern Ireland, two wins; and Sweden, one win. The only Scot to win in that period was Lawrie, who took advantage of one of the biggest collapses in golf history.

Who is this year's defending champion?

That would be American Jordan Spieth, who survived an adventerous final round to defeat Matt Kuchar by three strokes and earn the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

What is the trophy called?

The claret jug. It's official name is the Golf Champion Trophy, but you rarely hear that used. The claret jug replaced the original Challenge Belt in 1872. The winner of the claret jug gets to keep it for a year, then must return it (each winner gets a replica to keep).

Which Opens have been the most memorable?

Well, there was Palmer in 1961and '62; Van de Velde's collapse in 1999; Hogan's win in 1953; Tiger Woods' eight-shot domination of the 2000 Open at St. Andrews; Watson almost winning at age 59 in 2009; Doug Sanders missing what would have been a winning 3-foot putt at St. Andrews in 1970; Tony Jacklin becoming the first Briton to win the championship in 18 years; and, of course, the Duel in the Sun at Turnberry in 1977, in which Watson and Jack Nicklaus dueled head-to-head over the final 36 holes, Watson winning by shooting 65-65 to Nicklaus' 65-66.

When I watch this tournament on TV, I hear lots of unfamiliar terms, like "gorse" and "whin" and "burn." What do these terms mean?

Gorse is a prickly shrub, which sometimes is referred to as whin. Heather is also a shrub. What the scots call a burn, would also be considered a creek or stream.

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Four players vying for DJ's No. 1 ranking at Open

By Ryan LavnerJuly 18, 2018, 8:41 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Four players have an opportunity to overtake Dustin Johnson for world No. 1 this week.

According to Golf Channel world-rankings guru Alan Robinson, Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm each can grab the top spot in the world ranking.

Thomas’ path is the easiest. He would return to No. 1 with either a win and Johnson finishing worse than solo third, or even a solo runner-up finish as long as Johnson finishes worse than 49th.


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Twenty years after his auspicious performance in The Open, Rose can get to No. 1 for the first time with a victory and Johnson finishing worse than a two-way tie for third.

Kopeka can rise to No. 1 if he wins consecutive majors, assuming that his good friend posts worse than a three-way tie for third.

And Rahm can claim the top spot with a win this week, a Johnson missed cut and a Thomas finish of worse than solo second.   

Johnson’s 15-month reign as world No. 1 ended after The Players. He wasn’t behind Thomas for long, however: After a tie for eighth at the Memorial, Johnson blew away the field in Memphis and then finished third at the U.S. Open to solidify his position at the top.