McIlroy cools off after hot streak, fun times

By Jason SobelAugust 21, 2014, 6:55 pm

PARAMUS, N.J. – Even though he’s not in this week’s Barclays field, maybe Tiger Woods figured out a way to stop Rory McIlroy after all.

The world’s hottest player has drawn comparisons with vintage Tiger lately, winning each of his last three starts and ascending to the world No. 1 ranking once again. He’s been so hot, really, that the only way to cool him off might have been to pour a bucket of ice cold water over his head.

Enter Woods.

At one point during their buddy-buddy extravaganza on Monday, they each completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, pouring the cold stuff over each other’s heads.

Apparently that icy dousing was enough to relieve Rory of his recent torridness.

After posting 11 of 12 rounds in the 60s during those three consecutive wins, with a scoring average of 67 and no round higher than 71, McIlroy opened his FedEx Cup playoff campaign with a 3-over 74 that may not have been freezing cold, but was hardly the scalding hot performance we’ve become accustomed to seeing.

Maybe we should have seen it coming, though.

Since arriving in the New York area, McIlroy has participated in a chipping contest with Jimmy Fallon, shilled Nike’s new line of irons, glad-handed at corporate outings and not only drenched Woods with ice water, but a certain TV starlet, as well.

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If there’s a silver lining to these developments – well, besides the time spent with the starlet – it’s that he understands other demands on his time prevented him from playing his best golf over the opening 18 holes.

“I think it’s just not putting the time in that I probably should have over the past week and I think I allowed myself that and deserved that,” he said after his Thursday morning round. “But this is the sort of consequence of it and I need to work hard on this afternoon and go out tomorrow and shoot a good number.”

Let’s not overstate this “issue,” though.

A first-round 74 in the wake of three consecutive victories shouldn’t exactly be reason for Rory to break his clubs, rethink his swing and go back to the drawing board. Nor should it have us taking desperate leaps off the McIlroy bandwagon before it crashes with reckless abandon.

Sometimes a 74 is just a 74.

Sometimes it’s just not a big deal.

Sometimes, as Woods so often says, it is what it is.

Clearly, this is one of those times. Because as he noted afterward, it wasn’t even as bad as it could have been.

After opening with a pair of pars, McIlroy carded a double bogey on his third hole – the 12th at Ridgewood Country Club – then followed with a bogey on his next hole. By the time many people were finishing breakfast or fighting morning traffic, he was already Dead Freakin’ Last on the leaderboard.

“I just wasn't very good,” he stated matter-of-factly.

But the truth is, after those two holes, he wasn’t very bad, either.

McIlroy played his final 14 holes in even par, with two birdies against two bogeys. For the day, he hit seven of 14 fairways, 12 of 18 greens in regulation and needed 32 putts. Pedestrian numbers, sure, though nothing you’d call particularly ugly.

While he blamed his performance on the lack of preparation, he stopped short of saying he regretted any of it.

“It was inevitable after such a great few weeks,” he explained. “I wanted to enjoy it for a week. I came here Monday morning, hit some balls, practiced pretty well. But I guess taking a week off and sort of getting back into it this week, I probably just needed to give myself a little bit more time. But I wasn't going to do that. I was enjoying myself.”

Good for him. He deserved it.

Ask any golfer in the field – heck, any golfer in the world – if he’d trade places with McIlroy right now, taking those three wins even though they were followed by a tepid start this week, and they’ll dismiss such nonsense with a quizzical look and a headshake, if not something more resounding.

Following such a hot stretch over the past month, it was inevitable that Rory was going to cool off at some point. Maybe it was the ice water, maybe it wasn’t. Either way, this one round shouldn’t be of too much concern going forward.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 12:15 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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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  

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; or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (

Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (

Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM ( Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (

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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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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:55 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:

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.