Hughes Having a Ball

By Mercer BaggsOctober 6, 2000, 4:00 pm
Bradley Hughes was desperate. His PGA Tour card in jeopardy. He tried everything he could think of to turn around his game. Then, two weeks ago he switched golf balls.
It seems to have worked.
Hughes fired an 8-under-par 63 to take a three-shot lead at 11-under-par over David Sutherland, who posted a Friday 66. Seven others, including last week's winner David Duval, are four shots back at 7-under.
Hughes got off to a good start in 2000. He collected three top-15s in his first five events, including a tie for 5th at the Nissan Open. Then things fell apart.
Leading up to the Westin Texas Open two weeks ago, the 33-year-old Australian had missed the cut in 16 of his previous 22 starts. Once again, Hughes missed the cut in San Antonio, but not all was lost. After opening in 78, Hughes switched from a wound ball to a two-piece. He shot a Friday 70, not good enough to qualify for weekend play, but certainly a big step in the right direction.
'I've been playing a wound ball for a long time,' said Hughes, who is currently 126th on the money list. 'I have changed clubs and my swing, and my hairstyle, done everything, nothing was working. So I just thought I'd try something different and it's really helped.'
Last week, using his new ball, Hughes shot rounds of 73-68-68-73 to tie for 32nd at the Buick Challenge. It was his best finish since the Nissan Open in February.
Through two rounds in Williamsburg, Va., Hughes has carded back-to-back rounds in the 60s for just the third time in his last 25 starts. In fact, his second-round 63 is his lowest aggregate score ever on the PGA Tour.
'When I first came out on Tour, I was one of the longest hitters and this year I was like 111th going into last week in distance,' Hughes said. 'My confidence got down because I didn't know whether to take an extra club and then I'd ease it and mess it up.
'With the two-piece, I am hitting (my irons) 10, 15 yards longer with each club for no apparent reason except for a different ball.'
In case you're wondering, Hughes switched from a Titleist to a Nike golf ball.
'Good enough for Tiger, good enough for me,' said Hughes, a five-time winner in Australia. 'I knew if I didn't (make the change) I might not have a contract anyway next year because I wasn't going to keep my card. So I had no choice really. It was nothing against (Titleist.) It was just something I needed to do.'
No need for Duval to change balls. His Titleist seems to be working just fine. After opening in 70, Duval carded a 6-under-par 65 at the Kingsmill Resort.
'I played noticeably better today, although I don't feel like I played my best today,' said Duval, who won this event in 1997. 'I did a very, very good job of capitalizing when I did hit some good shots, so all and all - very successful.'
At 7-under-par, Duval is tied with Loren Roberts, Tommy Armour III, Steve Pate, J.P. Hayes, Michael Bradley and Tom Scherrer.
Hayes led after a first-round 66, but a second-round 69 has him now four off the pace. Scherrer shot 64 on Friday, but it could have been better. This year's Kemper Insurance Open champion was 9-under-par before bogeying the 17th and 18th holes.
Bradley also made his way to 9-under-par in the second round, but a double-bogey at the par-4 9th, his 18th, dropped him into the pursuing pack.
Defending champion Notah Begay III did not make the cut. Begay shot rounds of 77-71 for a 5-over-par total.
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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 12:15 pm

Tiger Woods, in search of his 15th career major championship title, started the weekend six off the lead at Carnoustie. We're tracking him in Round 3 of The Open.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 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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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:55 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.