Please No Letdown

By Kraig KannAugust 19, 2005, 4:00 pm
Now that Phil Mickelson has the PGA Tours final major to tote around for the rest of the 2005 campaign, lets not just go through the motions. Okay? Given the year weve had, it just wouldnt be fair.
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Phil Mickelson has only one career win after the month of August (2000 Tour Championship).
First off, congrats to Mickelson who showed up at Baltusrol hardly carrying the banner of consistency. Without a fancy showing in any of the majors thus far, doubters (me included) could hardly put Phil on equal footing with Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh.
Sure hed won the Masters in 2004, but critics could use the glass half empty point of view and point out that, given the near misses that came in the 2004 majors after his victory leap at Augusta, what if that putt at 18 to win hadnt dropped? And what if Phil had lost a playoff with Ernie Els that year? Then what would be said about a majorless streak with no signs of an end?
Instead, now that Phil has two majors, we ought to look back at all the close calls and salute him for years of major consistency. He didnt win 'em all, but he sure knew/knows how to contend.
One thing that hasnt gotten a lot of play among the media is that in Phils two major victories ... he absolutely did it.
At the Masters, Phil needed that putt at the last to avoid a playoff and win outright. He made it.
At the PGA Championship on Monday, Phil needed to birdie the last hole to avoid a three-way playoff and win it outright. He did it.
Phil was clutch. And so often before, he hadnt been.
So now Lefty is right where he wants to be heading into the 2006 campaign.
*Hes now third in the Official World Golf Ranking, and suddenly not too far behind Vijay Singh for the second spot.
*He now ties Woods for most victories on the PGA Tour this season with four.
* He now throws his name into the ring for 2005 Player of the Year; though, hell need a huge, huge finish this season to upend Woods for the honor given Tigers major success this year (1,2,1,4).
And that gets me to my point. Dont let up. Dont give in to the exhale factor. Dont leave us simply waiting for Augusta in April 2006 to pick up this great story where it left off.
This weekend at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio can become a WGC event worth really paying attention to rather than just another gathering of the world golf ranking leaders playing for what is deemed a big event.
Cmon, Phil ' make more magic. Cmon, Vijay ' make some putts and make a run at another money title. Cmon, Davis ' make last week seem like an appetizer, make like your old self, and take it all the way to the house like we know you can.
The year 2005 began with Stuart Appleby successfully defending his title at the Mercedes Championships. Then we got on this run with all of the big names winning tournaments. Remember David Toms at the Match Play? Remember that Mickelson had three wins before the Masters? Remember Vijays early season string of success? Remember Tiger outlasting Phil at the Ford Championship at Doral? Do you remember that Justin Leonard and Kenny Perry have multiple titles this year?
Im just afraid that all of those guys remember all too well their successes this season and might just lose their collective will to care about the rest of the season.
Dont do it guys. Dont force us to think only about Jason Gore the rest of this PGA Tour season. That would be a shame. Augusta doesnt come until April ' and before we get into thoughts about Phil going for his third major or Tiger going for his 11th ' lets make some late-season fireworks and finish this thing off in style.
p.s. Anybody think Gores got a win in him?
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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 10:15 am

Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.

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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 (