Scott gives a nod to Norman after Masters win

By John FeinsteinApril 15, 2013, 7:14 pm

On Sunday night, wearing the green jacket Greg Norman never got to wear, Adam Scott talked emotionally about the influence Norman had on his career and his life.

“He inspired a nation of golfers, anyone near to my age, younger or older.” he said, his voice filled with emotion and exhaustion less than an hour after he had become the 2013 Masters champion. “He’s an icon in Australia not only because he was the best player in the world but because of the way he handled himself with so much grace through the years. He was incredible to have as a role model.

“Part of this is for him. I drew on him today. He’s given me a lot of time and he’s given me inspiration and belief through the years.”

As Scott was saying those words, Norman was celebrating Scott’s victory with his son Gregory at his home in Florida.

“I shed more than a few tears,” he said Monday morning. “Gregory and I watched all day. At one point I was so amped up I had to go to the gym to work up a sweat. When Adam made the putt at 18 and I thought he had won I was on my knees crying because I thought an Aussie had finally won the Masters.

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“Then Angel (Cabrera) hit that amazing shot and I thought, ‘are the golf gods ever going to let an Aussie win?’ I’m not sure I could have taken it for much longer if Adam hadn’t made that putt at 18. What a moment that was.”

It can be argued that Norman’s most remarkable moment of grace came 17 years ago, sitting in the exact same place where Scott was sitting on Sunday evening. He had just blown a six-shot lead on the last day of the 1996 Masters, shooting 78 while Nick Faldo shot 67 to blow by him and beat him by five shots.

Norman sat and answered every question that day. He never snapped at anyone, he never squirmed or asked that the session be cut short. Sadly, the one quote that people remember from that press conference is when he said he was consoled by the fact that he had just completed a $40 million business deal.

Except that’s not what happened.

Half-joking, half trying to ease the tension, the late, great Furman Bisher of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said to Norman, “Well, Greg, at least you made 40 million dollars this week.”

Norman forced a laugh and shook his head. “You’re right Furman,” he said. “I guess I can console myself with that.”

To everyone in the room, Norman’s point was clear: No amount of money was consolation for losing the Masters. But people reading the transcript didn’t see his face or hear his voice and thought he was being serious.

Sunday morning, before the leaders teed off, Norman was being serious when he said he believed Scott would win.

“I honestly think this is his time,” he said. “Most of the great players have to lose majors before they win them. I think Adam’s experience there two years ago (when Charl Schwartzel blew past everyone with four closing birdies to win, leaving Scott tied for second with fellow Australian Jason Day) and at Lytham (when he bogeyed the last four holes last year to lose the British Open to Ernie Els by a shot) will help him down the stretch.”

He paused. “I like the look I’ve seen in his eyes all week. I think he’s ready to do something special today. I truly hope he wins. He’s a wonderful guy.”

To some degree that has been the knock on Scott: too wonderful a guy; no killer instinct. Sunday, when he had to make killer putts, he made them – especially the last one on the second playoff hole to beat Cabrera.

“I knew that was really my chance,” he said, pausing to smile. “It was getting too dark to play any more. I had to finish it.”

When he did, millions of Australians, watching on a Monday morning, were undoubtedly cheering and crying at once. None more so than the Australian living in Florida who inspired all three Australians – Scott, Day and Mark Leishman – who were on the leaderboard.

Norman won two majors – the 1986 and 1993 Open Championships. He is probably remembered more, though, for the majors he didn’t win, most notably here in 1987 when Larry Mize chipped in on him on the second playoff hole (the 11th in those days) and in 1996 when Faldo caught him or he came back to Faldo – depending on your point of view.

Scott’s loss at Lytham was as memorably sad as any of Norman’s losses in majors. He played superbly for 68 holes and stood on the 15th tee on Sunday afternoon with a three-shot lead on Ernie Els. The only reason Els was that close was that he had managed to shoot a 32 in difficult conditions on the back nine.

Scott would have won the tournament if he had played the last four holes in 2 over par. He would have been in a playoff if he had been 3 over par. He did neither, making four straight bogeys, his last putt on 18 for par and a playoff just sliding past the hole from 8 feet away.

Sunday, he was resolute down the stretch, making a 25-footer that he thought for a moment had made him the champion on 18, then making the winner on No. 10 – the same hole where the last three Masters playoffs have been decided.

Scott feathered – his word – a gorgeous 6-iron from the fairway to about 12 feet after Cabrera had hit his second shot to about 18 feet. As he walked down the hill to the green, Cabrera turned and gave Scott a thumbs-up. Scott waved and returned the gesture. Given the tension of the moment, it was a remarkable gesture by Cabrera and by Scott too.

After Scott had made the winning putt, Cabrera hugged him and told him, “I’m happy for you. You deserve this. I knew you were eventually going to win one. It was just a matter of time.”

Although Cabrera’s English is limited and Scott’s Spanish is more limited, the two men have become friends through the years having played against one another and together as teammates on Presidents Cup teams.

In 2009, when Scott’s game was at a nadir, he played with Cabrera on the International team in the Presidents Cup that was held in San Francisco. Scott remembers Cabrera calling him aside to talk one day.

“Angel is a great man and I’ve gotten to know him a fair bit through the years,” he said. “He said a great thing to me in 2009 at the Presidents Cup before we all left. I was a captain’s pick there and my form was struggling but he pulled me aside and said, ‘You’re a great, great player.' That’s something I didn’t forget. He’s a great guy and that was a really nice gesture going down 10.”

Scott was on that Presidents Cup team because the captain that year believed he could still compete against the world’s best players even though he’d had the worst year of his career.

That captain was Greg Norman.

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McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

Said Harmon:

“Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.

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“He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

“This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

“Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.

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How The Open cut line is determined

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:57 am

Scores on Day 1 of the 147th Open Championship ranged from 5-under 66 to 11-over 82.

The field of 156 players will be cut nearly in half for weekend play at Carnoustie. Here’s how the cut line works in the season’s third major championship:

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• After 36 holes, the low 70 players and ties will advance to compete in the final two rounds. Anyone finishing worse than that will get the boot. Only those making the cut earn official money from the $10.5 million purse.

• There is no 10-shot rule. That rule means anyone within 10 shots of the lead after two rounds, regardless of where they stand in the championship, make the cut. It’s just a flat top 70 finishers and ties.

• There is only a single cut at The Open. PGA Tour events employ an MDF (Made cut Did not Finish) rule, which narrows the field after the third round if more than 78 players make the cut. That is not used at this major.

The projected cut line after the first round this week was 1 over par, which included 71 players tied for 50th or better.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:30 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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First-, second-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:30 am

Three-time champion Tiger Woods is playing in The Open for the first time since he missed the cut in 2015 at St. Andrews. Woods will begin his first round Thursday in the 147th edition at Carnoustie at 10:21 a.m. ET, playing alongside Hideki Matsuyama and Russell Knox.

Defending champion Jordan Spieth delivered the claret jug to the R&A on Monday at Carnoustie. He will begin his title defense at 4:58 a.m. ET on Thursday, playing with world No. 2 Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

Other notable groupings:

  • Rory McIlroy will look to capture his second claret jug at 7:53 a.m. Thursday. He goes off with Marc Leishman and Thorbjorn Olesen.
  • World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is playing with Alex Noren and Charley Hoffman. They will play at 8:04 a.m. ET in the first round.
  • World No. 2 Justin Thomas goes at 8:26 a.m. with Francesco Molinari and Branden Grace.
  • Masters champion Patrick Reed will play with Louis Oosthuizen and Paul Casey at 5:20 a.m. ET.
  • U.S. Open champion and world No. 4 Brooks Koepka is grouped with Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith (9:59 a.m. ET).
  • Phil Mickelson, the 2013 Open champion, will begin at 3:03 a.m. ET with Satoshi Kodaira and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

Here's a look at the full list of times for Rounds 1 and 2 (all times ET):

1:35AM/6:36AM: Sandy Lyle, Martin Kaymer, Andy Sulliva

1:46AM/6:47AM: Erik Van Rooyen, Brady Schnell, Matthew Southgate

1:57AM/6:58AM: Danny Willett, Emiliano Grillo, Luke List

2:08AM/7:09AM: Mark Calcavecchia, Danthai Boonma, Shaun Nooris

2:19AM/7:20AM: Kevin Chappell, Oliver Wilson, Eddie Pepperell

2:30AM/7:31AM: Ross Fisher, Paul Dunne, Austin Cook

2:41AM/7:42AM: Tyrrell Hatton, Patrick Cantlay, Shane Lowry

2:52AM/7:53AM: Thomas Pieters, Kevin Kisner, Marcus Kinhult

3:03AM/8:04AM: Phil Mickelson, Satoshi Kodaira, Rafa Cabrera Bello

3:14AM/8:15AM: Brian Harman, Yuta Ikeda, Andrew Landry

3:25AM/8:26AM: Si Woo Kim, Webb Simpson, Nicolai Hojgaard (a)

3:36AM/8:37AM: Stewart Cink, Brandon Stone, Hideto Tanihara

3:47AM/8:48AM: Gary Woodland, Yusaku Miyazato, Sung Kang

4:03AM/9:04AM: Ernie Els, Adam Hadwin, Chesson Hadley

4:14AM/9:15AM: Pat Perez, Julian Suri, George Coetzee

4:25AM/9:26AM: David Duval, Scott Jamieson, Kevin Na

4:36AM/9:37AM: Darren Clarke, Bernhard Langer, Retief Goosen

4:47AM/9:48AM: Matt Kuchar, Anirban Lahiri, Peter Uihlein

4:58AM/9:59AM: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Kiradech Aphibarnrat

5:09AM/10:10AM: Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Chris Wood

5:20AM/10:21AM: Louis Oosthuizen, Paul Casey, Patrick Reed

5:31AM/10:32AM: Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Jhonattan Vegas

5:42AM/10:43AM: Yuxin Lin (a), Alexander Bjork, Sang Hyun Park

5:53AM/10:54AM: James Robinson, Haraldur Magnus, Zander Lombard

6:04AM/11:05AM: Kodai Ichihara, Rhys Enoch, Marcus Armitage

6:15AM/11:16AM: Sean Crocker, Gavin Green, Ash Turner

6:36AM/1:35AM: Brandt Snedeker, Sam Locke (a), Cameron Davis

6:47AM/1:46AM: Patton Kizzire, Jonas Blixt, Charles Howell III

6:58AM/1:57AM: Charl Schwartzel, Daniel Berger, Tom Lewis

7:09AM/2:08AM: Alex Levy, Ryan Moore, Byeong Hun An

7:20AM/2:19AM: Michael Hendry, Kelly Kraft, Lee Westwood

7:31AM/2:30AM: Henrik Stenson, Tommy Fleetwood, Jimmy Walker

7:42AM/2:41AM: Matthew Fitzpatrick, Russell Henley, Jovan Rebula (a)

7:53AM/2:52AM: Rory McIlroy, Marc Leishman, Thorbjorn Olesen

8:04AM/3:03AM: Dustin Johnson, Alex Noren, Charley Hoffman

8:15AM/3:14AM: Zach Johnson, Adam Scott, Brendan Steele

8:26AM/3:25AM: Justin Thomas, Francesco Molinari, Branden Grace

8:37AM/3:36AM: Jason Day, Shota Akiyoshi, Haotong Li

8:48AM/3:47AM: Todd Hamilton, Beau Hossler, Jorge Campillo

9:04AM/4:03AM: Ryuko Tokimatsu, Chez Reavie, Michael Kim

9:15AM/4:14AM: Kyle Stanley, Nicolas Colsaerts, Jens Dantorp

9:26AM/4:25AM: Tom Lehman, Dylan Frittelli, Grant Forrest

9:37AM/4:36AM: Lucas Herbert, Min Chel Choi, Jason Kokrak

9:48AM/4:47AM: Padraig Harrington, Bubba Watson, Matt Wallace

9:59AM/4:58AM: Ian Poulter, Cameron Smith, Brooks Koepka

10:10AM/5:09AM: Sergio Garcia, Bryson DeChambeau, Shubhankar Sharma

10:21AM/5:20AM: Tiger Woods, Hideki Matsuyama, Russell Knox

10:32AM/5:31AM: Jason Dufner, Ryan Fox, Keegan Bradley

10:43AM/5:42AM: Ryan Armour, Abraham Ander, Masahiro Kawamura

10:54AM/5:53AM: Jazz Janewattananond, Fabrizio Zanotti, Jordan Smith

11:05AM/6:04AM: Brett Rumford, Masanori Kobayashi, Jack Senior

11:16AM/6:15AM: Matt Jones, Thomas Curtis, Bronson Burgoon