Nothing can spoil Streelman's Kapalua debut

By Jason SobelJanuary 4, 2014, 4:19 am

KAPALUA, Hawaii – Kevin Streelman walked off the Plantation Course on Friday afternoon, the victim of a bogey-bogey finish that dropped him from atop the leaderboard. That kind of conclusion supersedes the old dinner-won’t-taste-as-good adage. It’s the kind that usually means explosion time for most PGA Tour pros.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the scoring trailer.

Instead of scowling, Streelman smiled. Instead of slamming his fist against the nearest wall, he bounced right past it. Instead of imploring those nearby to give him a little cooling-off period, he cheerfully embraced his parents, here celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

There’s no way of quantifying the happiest guy in a 30-man field filled with ’em, but if we simply go by the ear-to-ear grin that’s been pasted on Streelman’s face all week, he’s easily the leader in the clubhouse.

And it’s all for good reason.

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After a difficult pregnancy, his wife, Courtney, gave birth to their first child on Dec. 26, a little girl named Sophia. She had originally been due on Feb. 3, but Courtney suffered from cholestasis, a disease which affects 1 in 1,000 women. It attacks the liver, causing a higher percentage of stillbirths after Week 36 or 37.

So on the day after Christmas, the Streelmans drove to the hospital and along with their doctor decided it was time for Sophia to be born, six weeks before she was expected.

“You hope the child is screaming when she comes out,” Streelman explained. “She was quiet at first, then after about five seconds she let out this big scream. Courtney and I looked at each other and just started crying. It was the greatest thing ever.”

It certainly puts a little thing like a bogey-bogey finish into perspective.

Still smiling, Streelman reported after his round of 6-under 67 – good for a share of fifth place, but just one stroke off the Hyundai Tournament of Champions opening-round lead – that after seven days in the NICU unit, Sophia came home yesterday, 5 pounds and fully healthy.

“I miss her dearly, but Facetime is amazing,” he said. “To be able to sit there and hold the phone, I’ll just watch for 15 or 20 minutes. I just feel really fortunate. We went through a lot to have this child and we just really feel blessed to have her. I just can’t wait to be the best dad I can be.”

The truth is, the reigning Tampa Bay Championship winner was going to be the happiest guy in this field even before Sophia was born.

This is a player who wasn’t too highly regarded coming out of Duke University years ago, then went straight to the mini-est of mini-tours, even working as a caddie on the side to help make ends meet.

“I feel very, very fortunate to be here,” Streelman admitted. “It’s been an incredible journey to get here. It’s a dream come true. Since I left my parents’ house when I was 22 and graduated Duke. I went to the Dakotas Tour with clothes in the back and clubs in the trunk and hardly a dollar to my name and I’ve just been all over the globe ever since.”

“He was sleeping in Winnebagos and driving in his mother’s car,” recalled his father, Dennis. “It’s all true. He just persevered. He’d come home and I’d do his finances. It’d be, ‘Taco Bell, $4. Taco Bell, $4. Taco Bell, $4.’ He’s out there surviving. Literally surviving. He had that desire to play and get better every day.”

After years of grinding on the smaller circuits, Streelman finally reached the big leagues in 2008, finding enough success to keep his card, but not enough to claim a victory and earn the coveted trip to Kapalua. There was a first-round lead at the 2008 U.S. Open and more than a few title contentions along the way, but his big breakthrough – a seven-figure check and two-year exemption – finally came during last year’s Florida swing, when he shot a final-round 67 to win in his 153rd career PGA Tour start.

His success hasn’t come by accident, either.

“I had aspirations when I was younger of playing professional baseball, but I was drafted into the Army,” Dennis said. “You always think about something like that. I think I was pretty good, but I might not have been. But I always told my kids, ‘Try and find something that you really love to do and you’ll never work a day in your life.’ That’s an old saying, but it really means a lot to me.

“The other thing I said is, ‘You should never give up on your dreams. Just follow them as far as you can take them and see what happens.’”

Streelman’s dreams have taken him all the way to Kapalua, the happiest guy in a field filled with ’em. His baby daughter is healthy, his wife is healthy and – albeit much lower on the priority scale – his golf game appears healthy, too.

After his strong start, he smiled when recalling a conversation he had with Courtney earlier this week about gaining a new outlook on his on-course results.

“I told her, ‘I’m either going to finish top three or bottom three based on my perspective,” he said. “But yeah, I won’t be getting too upset over bad shots this week.”

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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  

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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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