Notes Woods Speaks on Augusta Wie

By Mercer BaggsJune 29, 2005, 4:00 pm
LEMONT, Ill. -- Augusta National is getting longer. And the reigning Masters champion isnt thrilled.
Tiger Woods
Even though Tiger Woods doesn't like Augusta's latest alterations, they may help him win even more Masters titles.
Ill tell you what, theyre trying to get it to play like it used to play, four-time winner Tiger Woods said Wednesday after his pro-am for this weeks Cialis Western Open. But they fail to realize the greens are running at 12 (on the stimpmeter) now. They used to run at, what, 7 and 8?
I dont quite understand it because we havent had ' since they changed it in 2002, we have yet to have a dry Masters.
Augusta National announced Tuesday that they are adding length to six holes: Nos. 1, 4, 7, 11, 15 and 17. The additions will measure the course at 7,445 yards; an increase of 155 yards.
Nine holes were altered leading up to the 2002 Masters, which added 285 yards to the venue.
When we went into this years Masters, we thought that over par could probably win the tournament, and it rained. It softened the golf course up, and there were (still) only a handful of guys under par.
We have yet to have it hard and dry and fast for the entire week, and if we do, with these new tee locations, its more likely that over par will win.
Woods and Chris DiMarco finished regulation this year at 12-under-par 276; though, they were seven strokes clear of third place. Only 16 of the 50 players who posted four rounds finished under par.
That 12-under winning total tied the lowest number since the 2002 changes. Woods also won in 02 at 12 under. Champion Mike Weir and Len Mattiace finished regulation at 7-under 281 in 2003. And Phil Mickelson captured his first major championship at 9-under 279 last year.
I dont agree with it, but weve all got to play it, Woods said.
One thing that Woods agrees with is the right of tournament sponsors to invite players at their discretion.
Woods, who received his first PGA Tour sponsors exemption in the 1992 L.A. Open, near his Southern California home, said that he has no problem with Michelle Wie competing in next weeks John Deere Classic.
Well, if the sponsors want to get a crowd, thats why they do, Woods said. I got an exemption when I was 16, too. I understand where shes coming from.
The John Deere, which is contested the week before the British Open, is traditionally a tournament that is bypassed by the top-ranked players and overlooked by media and fans.
Two-time major champion John Daly was also asked his opinion on the matter.
Its fine with me. It doesnt bother me, he said. Thats whats great about the tournament organizers or chairmen or whatever. They can pretty much pick whoever they want.
I think shell draw a lot of attention. It helps our tour a little bit, but it helps the LPGA more than anything when she gets out here.
Reigning British Open champion Todd Hamilton agrees that sponsors can invite whomever they wish. But he added that it would probably behoove her to compete against lesser talent.
I think, and I've heard this said by other people, she needs to learn how to (win), he said. She's obviously a great talent, and I'm sure she will win many, many tournaments, and she may even win before she turns pro. She might win on the ladies' tour, but I honestly don't think it's necessary that she plays on the men's tour.
This will be Wies third foray into a PGA Tour event, but her first on the U.S. mainland. She missed the cut in each of the last two Sony Opens, played in her native Hawaii.
The 15-year-old amateur shared the 54-hole lead in last weeks U.S. Womens Open, but shot 82 on Sunday to tie for 23rd.
I was very, very proud of her, the way she played in the U.S. Open, Daly said. It was too bad about her last round. I think shes getting closer and closer (to winning).
'It would have been great if Michelle had won last Sunday at the Ladies' Open,' Hamilton said. 'She's a great talent.'
Hamilton is playing each of the next two weeks in Illinois, before heading over to Scotland to defend his British Open title.
That means he has less than a fortnight to hold onto the Claret Jug ' unless, of course, he wins again ' until he has to return it to the Royal & Ancient.
So where is one of golfs most prized possessions at the moment?
I actually have it in the trunk of my car right now, he said Wednesday during his press conference.
Hamilton is traveling with the jug since he wont be headed home before going to St. Andrews. He had it with him at Cog Hill in anticipation of showing it to a friend.
The jug, which is kept in a very protective case, was in no danger of being damaged. And it had some company in its rental car confines.
I've got a backpack and I think my rain gear, he said of his trunk contents. Could be a good commercial.
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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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    Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

    Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.

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    Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

    Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

    Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

    4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

    4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

    4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

    4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

    4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

    5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

    5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

    5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

    5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

    5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

    6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

    6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

    6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

    6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

    6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

    6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

    7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

    7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

    7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

    7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

    7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

    7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

    8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

    8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

    8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

    8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

    8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

    8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

    9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

    9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

    9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

    9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

    9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

    10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

    10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

    10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

    10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

    10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

    10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

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    Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

    He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

    “There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

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    At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

    Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

    “I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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    Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

    Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

    Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

    “I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

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    Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

    Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

    “It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

    More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

    “I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”