Short-term view unfair to Woods' career

By John HawkinsAugust 7, 2013, 9:12 pm

If he isn’t the greatest golfer of all time, he has played the game at a higher level than it has ever been played.

Still, five years is five years, unless you want to get picky about it. Then it becomes five years and a month, three weeks and however many days.

Ted Williams doesn’t own the highest batting average in baseball history. He didn’t finish his career with the most home runs or win a single World Series, but a lot of people think he’s the greatest hitter who ever lived.

At what point are the numbers replaced by sheer perspective? Do you trust your eyeballs or the encyclopedia?

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Is it possible to be the greatest ever, just not right now?

The 95th PGA Championship has become, in a sense, Tiger Woods’ 72-hole judgment day. If he never reaches the top of Mount Nicklaus, people will look back on a majorless 2013 and see the Year That Didn’t Add Up. All those PGA Tour victories and irrefutable signs of dominance, but no big trophies? Never has Tiger looked so superior in regular events – and so vulnerable on the climb to 19.

He used to make everything that mattered. Now, everything matters and nothing goes in. Is Woods too aggressive when he should be conservative? Too conservative when he should be aggressive? Theories are cheap, substance is shifty. The red shirt used to turn everyone else into pumpkin pie. Since Y.E. Yang, it has been more about the fashion and less about the statement.

Only once has Woods won five tournaments in a season without picking off a major title. It happened in 2003, the last time the PGA was held at Oak Hill, which means whatever you want it to mean. There are subjective measures, and there is fact. Excluding the Masters, which is played on the same course every year, this marks the 15th time Woods has revisited a site where he played a previous major.

Only one of those prior 14 produced a win – the 2007 PGA at Southern Hills. Tiger is the only sports franchise with four home arenas: Torrey Pines, Doral, Bay Hill and Firestone. Removed from those hotspots, he can look a lot like a guy with a sore elbow.

Flashbacks come and go, which is what flashbacks do. The runaway triumph in Ohio last week marked the fourth time in 16 months that Woods has won the start before a major. You don’t win WGCs by seven shots by playing poorly, but again, history only magnifies the mystery. Tiger comes to the majors hot, then goes cold when he used to get hotter.

We search for reasons why. Not just the media, but the 12-handicap in your Saturday foursome or the guy who doesn’t let up at the neighborhood block party. In a world where your body of work has become far less important than what you’ve done lately, in a game where long-term performance should be more significant than the recent past, Tiger Woods has become an indecipherable curiosity chained to ridiculous standards.

And if he does win this week? Oh, goodness. Greatest ever. Drool rules. Mount Nicklaus gets a little lower. Six wins and a major? Awesome year. It will be like he never left us. At least until next April.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 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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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 8:30 am

Tiger Woods begins the final round of the 147th Open Championship four shots off the lead. He's out at 9:25 a.m. ET on Sunday and we're tracking him.

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Schauffele just fine being the underdog

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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“Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

“All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”

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Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at

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Jordan Spieth: 7/4

Xander Schauffele: 5/1

Kevin Kisner: 11/2

Tiger Woods: 14/1

Francesco Molinari: 14/1

Rory McIlroy: 14/1

Kevin Chappell: 20/1

Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

Alex Noren: 25/1

Zach Johnson: 30/1

Justin Rose: 30/1

Matt Kuchar: 40/1

Webb Simpson: 50/1

Adam Scott: 80/1

Tony Finau: 80/1

Charley Hoffman: 100/1

Austin Cook: 100/1