Canadian Tour Has A Fan In The Golf Channels Lye

By Marty HenwoodApril 10, 2001, 4:00 pm
Talking to The Golf Channel analyst and former PGA member Mark Lye, the Canadian Tours recent swing through South Carolina caught a lot of people off guard.
 
Lye, who shared broadcast duties along with commentator Grant Boone during the Tours initial four events of the season at Barefoot Resort, concedes he wasnt sure what to expect when he arrived in Myrtle Beach for the Tours first-ever swing into the U.S.
 
To be honest, when we negotiated this deal about six months ago, I was a little concerned about the level of play we would see, admits Lye. But once I began to see the field, I knew we had nothing to worry about. A lot of people were surprised at just how good these guys were, but Im not. We are ecstatic with how they performed.
 
A big boost for the Tour is the recent ten-year pact with The Golf Channel, which will see the network increase coverage to six events a year south of the border through 2010. Despite the inconsistent weather conditions that were the norm over the month-long stay in Myrtle Beach, Lye added that each week presented golf fans with unique scenarios that showed the parity on the Canadian Tour.
 
Jace Bugg coming out of nowhere on the final day of the South Carolina Challenge with a course record 62, Aaron Barber (Barefoot Classic), Eamonn Brady (Myrtle Beach Open), Scott Ford (CanAm Days Championship)these guys took their best shot on four world-class courses, and the results speak for themselves.
 
The California-born Lye, who won the 1983 Bank of Boston Classic and held the lead in the late stages of the 1984 Masters before eventually settling for sixth, has witnessed some of golfs memorable moments, whether it be as a player or broadcaster. He knows a good product on the links when he sees it, and feels the Canadian Tour is primed for a leap into the big-time.
 
This is an outstanding Tour, and dollar for dollar is probably the toughest to make money on because of the talent level. You have to love guys that will grind it out day after day for limited money, simply because they love the sport, he maintains. Hopefully, this (The Golf Channel pact) will be the first step towards some national businesses stepping in to help out the Tour. You have a great product with a lot of strong players, and this is a huge step forward for the Tour. We have a lot of fans up in Canada, and Canadians have to realize what they have here.
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Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

“There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.


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In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

“To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

“To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.