PGA Tour Report Cards

By Mercer BaggsNovember 27, 2001, 5:00 pm
Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of articles rating the performance of players on the LPGA, European, Senior and PGA Tours in 2001. We will rate one Tour each day, beginning with the PGA Tour.
 
PGA Tour (75x100)Its report card time for PGA Tour players. But instead of A's, B's and C's; were handing out more golfer-friendly Birdies, Pars and Bogeys.
 
Birdies
Obviously, Masters champion Tiger Woods heads up the Birdie department; having won five times on tour and capturing the money title. Others finishing the year in the red include fellow major champions David Duval (British Open), David Toms (PGA Championship) and Retief Goosen (U.S. Open).
 
Toms season was second only to Woods. He won three times and collected nearly $3.8 million in official earnings.
 
Close behind Toms on the money list was Sergio Garcia. The 21-year-old Spaniard was one of nine multiple winners on tour in 2001. Having yet to win in the States prior to this year, Garcia captured both the MasterCard Colonial and the Buick Classic.
 
Scott Hoch also produced a multiple-win season ' his first in 22 years on the PGA Tour. Others winning on more than one occasion were Bob Estes, Joe Durant, Robert Allenby and Jose Coceres.
 
Coceres was one of 10 first-time tour winners this season. That list includes Garcia, Goosen, Frank Lickliter, Shigeki Maruyama, Joel Edwards, Cameron Beckman, Robert Damron, David Gossett and Garrett Willis.
 
Maruyama became the first Japanese-born player to win on the mainland by capturing the Greater Milwaukee Open; while Edwards won for the first time in 317 career starts on tour at the Air Canada Championship.
 
Of course, you dont have to win to have had a successful season. Bernhard Langer, playing in his first full season on the PGA Tour since 1988, earned four top-3 finishes in 17 starts and collected over $1.8 million, good enough for 22nd on the money list.
 
John Daly didnt win either, but he did play well enough to finish in the top 70 on the money list for the first time since 1995 ' the year he last won on tour at the British Open.
 
He also shot from outside the top 500 in the Official World Golf Ranking as the year began to inside the top 50.
 
Players like Brian Gay (41st on the money list), Chris Riley (45th), J.J. Henry (49th), Brett Quigley (56th) and David Berganio, Jr. (76th) were among the many to have career years in 2001.
 
Then there are Charles Howell III and Matt Kuchar. Neither player started the year with any status on tour, but both will be playing full-time in 2002. Howell made over $1.5 million in 24 starts this season, while Kuchar made $570K in just 11 events.
 
Pars
Its hard to consider 14 top-10s and nearly $3.5 million a so-so season, but when youre Vijay Singh a winless year is a disappointing year.
 
Likewise, Ernie Els made over $2.2 million, but failed to garner a victory ' snapping a seven-year winning streak on tour.
 
Hal Sutton and Jesper Parnevik each won this year; however, they seldom factored in events after doing do. Sutton won the Shell Houston Open in April; that proved to be his last top 10 of the season. Meanwhile, Parnevik held on to win Marchs Honda Classic, but didnt finish inside the top five for the remainder of the season.
 
Par is not a disappointing score for all. After ending 2000 at 126th on the money list, Joey Sindelar finished this year 81st in earnings. Nothing fancy, but the 43-year-old did regain full exempt status on tour for 2002.
 
Two years ago, Rich Beem won the Kemper Open, and with it his tour card through 2001. However, he endured a dismal 2000 campaign that saw him fall to 146th on the money list. This year wasnt 1999 revisited, but it was good enough to secure his 2002 playing privileges. He finished 109th in earnings.
 
The same progress can be said for Frank Nobilo. A winner on tour in 1997, the Kiwi slipped to 155th on the money list in 1999 and 152nd in 2000. This year, he finally re-entered the top 125 by finishing No. 108.
 
Bogeys
The Bogey department is primarily reserved for those who failed to keep their cards for the following season ' except in the case of Carlos Franco. The Paraguayan dipped modestly from 11th to 30th on the money list from 1999 to 2000. This year, though, he plummeted all the way to 104th in earnings.
 
Steve Pate ' 13th on the money list in 1999 ' finished 2001 in the 151st position. Michael Clark II, a winner in 2000, made one top 10 this year and finished 162nd in cash. Andrew Magee - never outside the top-125 on the money list since joining the tour in 1985 - finished 180th in 2001.
 
Magee will have to use his top-50 in career earnings exemption to play on the tour in 2002. He is actually 51st on the career money list, but due to the late Payne Stewarts position inside the top 50, Magee will be allowed to use the exemption for next year.
 
Had Gary Nicklaus won the 2000 BellSouth Classic rather than losing in a playoff to Phil Mickelson, he would be exempt on tour through 2002. Instead, he was forced to try and earn his playing privileges for next season via Q-School.
 
Nicklaus finished the 2001 season 169th on the money list, missing 22 cuts in 34 starts.
 
Then theres Greg Norman and Nick Faldo. Neither multiple major winner competed in enough PGA Tour events to keep their cards in 2002. As a result, both will be non-tour members for the upcoming season.
 
Others
Theres nothing worse than the dreaded other in golf. However, this category is for players who fall in between the cracks of the previously mentioned categories.
 
Mickelson won two times and finished second on the money list - a Birdie season by most standards, but par for the course for a player who has everything but a major championship to his credit.
 
In addition to once again going 0-for-4 in the years biggest events, Lefty also blew an inordinate amount of tournaments by collapsing in the final round.
 
He was 2-for-9 when entering Sunday within at least two strokes of the lead. That record includes the Masters, the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship.
 
Davis Love III had a similar season. He won once (Pebble Beach) and finished fifth in earnings. But he failed to win a major and went 0-for-6 this year when playing in the final group on a Sunday.
 
Notah Begay III won twice in both 1999 and 2000. This year, though, he earned a paltry $100,000 and finished 197th on the money list. A horrendous season, but one that was hampered throughout by injuries.
 
If given a healthy chance, Begays year certainly would have been better. As it was, it couldnt have been much worse.
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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 2018, 8:40 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 GolfChannel.com.  

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; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 17, 2018, 8:40 am

Tiger Woods is competing in his first Open Championship since 2015. We're tracking him this week at Carnoustie.


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The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 2018, 8:30 am

Take a look at some answers to frequently asked questions about The Open:

What's all this "The Open" stuff? I thought it was the British Open.

What you call it has historically depended on where you were. If you were in the U.S., you called it the British Open, just as Europeans refer to the PGA Championship as the U.S. PGA. Outside the U.S. it generally has been referred to as The Open Championship. The preferred name of the organizers is The Open.

How old is it?

It's the oldest golf championship, dating back to 1860.

Where is it played?

There is a rotation – or "rota" – of courses used. Currently there are 10: Royal Birkdale, Royal St. George's, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham and St. Annes, all in England; Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland and St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Royal Troon, Turnberry and Muirfield, all in Scotland. Muirfield was removed from the rota in 2016 when members voted against allowing female members, but when the vote was reversed in 2017 it was allowed back in.

Where will it be played this year?

At Carnoustie, which is located on the south-eastern shore of Scotland.

Who has won The Open on that course?

Going back to the first time Carnoustie hosted, in 1931, winners there have been Tommy Armour, Henry Cotton (1937), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968), Tom Watson (1975), Paul Lawrie (1999), Padraig Harrington (2007).

Wasn't that the year Hogan nearly won the Slam?

Yep. He had won the Masters and U.S. Open that season, then traveled to Carnoustie and won that as well. It was the only time he ever played The Open. He was unable to play the PGA Championship that season because the dates conflicted with those of The Open.

Jean Van de Velde's name should be on that list, right?

This is true. He had a three-shot lead on the final hole in 1999 and made triple bogey. He lost in a playoff to Lawrie, which also included Justin Leonard.

Who has won this event the most?

Harry Vardon, who was from the Channel Island of Jersey, won a record six times between 1896 and 1914. Australian Peter Thomson, American Watson, Scot James Braid and Englishman J.H. Taylor each won five times.

What about the Morrises?

Tom Sr. won four times between 1861 and 1867. His son, Tom Jr., also won four times, between 1868 and 1872.

Have players from any particular country dominated?

In the early days, Scots won the first 29 Opens – not a shocker since they were all played at one of three Scottish courses, Prestwick, St. Andrews and Musselburgh. In the current era, going back to 1999 (we'll explain why that year in a minute), the scoreboard is United States, nine wins; South Africa, three wins; Ireland, two wins; Northern Ireland, two wins; and Sweden, one win. The only Scot to win in that period was Lawrie, who took advantage of one of the biggest collapses in golf history.

Who is this year's defending champion?

That would be American Jordan Spieth, who survived an adventerous final round to defeat Matt Kuchar by three strokes and earn the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

What is the trophy called?

The claret jug. It's official name is the Golf Champion Trophy, but you rarely hear that used. The claret jug replaced the original Challenge Belt in 1872. The winner of the claret jug gets to keep it for a year, then must return it (each winner gets a replica to keep).

Which Opens have been the most memorable?

Well, there was Palmer in 1961and '62; Van de Velde's collapse in 1999; Hogan's win in 1953; Tiger Woods' eight-shot domination of the 2000 Open at St. Andrews; Watson almost winning at age 59 in 2009; Doug Sanders missing what would have been a winning 3-foot putt at St. Andrews in 1970; Tony Jacklin becoming the first Briton to win the championship in 18 years; and, of course, the Duel in the Sun at Turnberry in 1977, in which Watson and Jack Nicklaus dueled head-to-head over the final 36 holes, Watson winning by shooting 65-65 to Nicklaus' 65-66.

When I watch this tournament on TV, I hear lots of unfamiliar terms, like "gorse" and "whin" and "burn." What do these terms mean?

Gorse is a prickly shrub, which sometimes is referred to as whin. Heather is also a shrub. What the scots call a burn, would also be considered a creek or stream.

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Thirty players have drivers tested by R&A

By Tim RosaforteJuly 17, 2018, 1:00 am

Thirty players, including seven major champions, arrived at the 147th Open and received a letter from the R&A notifying them to bring their respective drivers to the equipment standards office located on Carnoustie’s practice ground by 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Keegan Bradley, Brendan Steele and Brooks Koepka all confirmed that their drivers all passed the COR test (coefficient of restitution, or spring-like effect) administered by the R&A.


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This was the first time the R&A took measures that were not part of the distance insight project being done in conjunction with the USGA.

The PGA Tour has been testing club for approximately five years but has not done random testing to this point.  The Tour’s rules department works in conjunction with manufacturers and tests clubs from manufacturer fans at tournaments on a voluntary basis. The USGA assists the PGA Tour in this process.