The Stars Come Out For Nabisco Championship

By Martha BrendleMarch 26, 2002, 5:00 pm
Balmy weather greeted the seventy-four fivesomes playing either the Dinah Shore Tournament course or the Arnold Palmer Course today and the relaxed atmosphere made it feel more like a family gathering then the first major of the season.
Joanna Kerns, Tommy Smothers, Jamie Farr, Mary Hart Toni Tennille and Kevin Sorbo are among a few of the stars to make a Herculean effort to come out and play with the pros during the first of a two-day pro am.
The ever-personable Sorbo exemplified this relaxed attitude by casually sauntering up to the first just in time to tee it up with LPGA Tour pro Karen Weiss.
When asked about the prospects of his round today, Sorbo utered The best part of my game is my short gamethe worst part of my gameis my short game
Defending champion Annika Sorenstam had the pleasure of playing with the vivacious talk show host Mary Hart while Heather Daly-Donofrio played around and a round with the ever-witty and consummate comedy man Tommy Smothers.
There is a lot more than celebrity appearances going on at the Nabisco Championship prior to the first round.
Aside from the Celebrity pro-am, Merrill Lynch sponsored a Senior Appreciation Day which lets seniors take part in all of the pre-round action both today and tomorrow and Ronald McDonald House Charities hosts their LPGA Tour Junior Clinic at 4 p.m. on the Mission Hills driving range.
Last buy not least, the LPGA launched Cruise The Course - a pilot program gearing up to be part of the Tours Fans First initiative, in which fans may take a guided 1-hour tour led by LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division members who explain key areas of the tournament and insite on how the professionals prepare for competition, got underway today.
Over a dozen people participated in the first tour this morning and as word catches on this could be a very successful element of Fans First. Tours will be conducted again Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
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McIlroy 'committed to everything ... ran out of holes'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy summed it up: “I don’t really feel like it’s a defeat. I feel like it’s a good week.”

McIlroy, in search of his fifth major, tied for the lead at The Open late on Sunday at Carnoustie when he made eagle on the par-5 14th hole. An hour later, he had made five consecutive pars to close out a 1-under 70 and tie for second place with Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

That group ended two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. McIlroy thought it was realistic to squeeze one more shot out of his round, but he never though it was possible to squeeze out two.

“I committed to everything,” he said. “I hit the shots when I needed to. I made good swings on 17 and on 18. I just ran out of holes.”

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McIlroy hasn’t played poorly this year, but this hasn't been a year that would rank as a total success. He took the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and collected a second-place finish at the BMW PGA Championship. He had a legitimate chance to win the Masters before a terrible Sunday round, and then missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month at Shinnecock Hills.

Sunday at Carnoustie, McIlroy bogeyed two of his first five holes and quickly became an afterthought. When others faltered, McIlroy birdies Nos. 9 and 11, then eagled 14 to vault back into the picture.

“I’m happy with how I played,” he said. “I didn’t get off to a great start, but I hung in there, and I battled back.

“So I’ll look back at this week and be very encouraged about what I’ve done and the golf that I played. I feel like that will stand me in good stead for what’s coming up.”

McIlroy is scheduled to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks, followed by the PGA Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs.

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Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:54 pm

Francesco Molinari played a bogey-free weekend at Carnoustie to claim Italy's first claret jug.

His rock-solid performance in the final round earned him his share of social media plaudits.

Here's a collection of Twitter hat-tips, and we start off with Frankie's brother, Dodo.

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Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.

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“I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

“Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.

We compiled some of their missives below:

Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.