US Overtakes ROW for Lead

By Mercer BaggsNovember 20, 2004, 5:00 pm
2004 UBS CupKIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- The U.S. turned a one-point deficit into a one-point advantage after winning four of the available six points in Saturdays four-ball (better ball) session in the UBS Cup.
The Americans won three matches and halved two others to take a slight lead into the final day of competition.
The home team, who now leads 6 -5 , needs to win 5 of the 12 singles points on offer Sunday to retain possession of the Cup. The Rest of the World team must get seven of those points to win the competition for the first time in four tries.
With the greens softened by some rain and very little wind blowing in off the neighboring Atlantic Ocean, players scorched the Cassique Course with a combined 83 birdies and three eagles, compared to just three bogeys.
Match 3 ' the first match to conclude Saturday ' was the only contest that was never really in doubt. Course designer Tom Watson atoned for his Day 1 loss by making seven birdies in 16 holes, as he and Hal Sutton defeated Australians Peter Senior and Rodger Davis, 4 and 2.
Sutton remains undefeated in UBS competition, upping his record to 5-0-0.
That victory tied the overall match score, which started the day at 3 -2 in favor of the ROW team, at 3 points apiece.
For the second straight day, U.S. captain Arnold Palmer teamed with Jay Haas and ROW captain Gary Player partnered with Mark McNulty. And for the second straight day, the two teams played to a draw.
The highlight of this match came on the par-4 ninth, when Player popped his drive so far that he actually confused his ball with McNultys. Both men played the others ball on their approach shots and conceded the hole to the American side.
McNulty explained that after scuffing his ball on the eighth hole his caddie gave him a Callaway No. 4 ball -- the same brand and number as that of Player's -- in replacement. McNulty had been using a Callaway No. 1, but ran out and his caddie did not inform anyone of the numerical switch.
'When we got down to the balls (in the fairway), there was one six yards ahead of the other, and seeing that Gary had been slightly behind me most of the day, I presumed that the (forward) ball was mine,' McNulty said.
'I looked at the back ball and it was a No. 4 and I just said, 'he didn't out-drive it,' and that was that. He went ahead and hit a fantastic shot. And it was my call, and it was only when I got to the green that I realized that it was the wrong ball.'
Said Player: 'I just hit my best iron shot of the day. I said, 'you'd better talk to my lawyer.''
In what proved to be the days most compelling match, Tom Kite and Craig Stadler earned a well-fought half Sam Torrance and Barry Lane.
The two teams each broke the tournament record for low score in the four-ball format, shooting a pair of 10-under-par 62s.
While Stadler and Kite provided a balanced attack, Lane carried his Scottish sidekick. The Englishman was credited with eight 3s in a nine-hole stretch, and played holes 6-12 in 6 under.
Stadler had a chance to win the match at the last, but missed a 6-footer for birdie.
It was a fantastic match, said Kite. All four of us were playing very, very well, making a lot of birdies, even some eagles out there. It was fitting it ended in a tie'
The overall match, too, was still a tie. But that changed quickly ' in the Americans favor.
Fred Couples and Raymond Floyd revived their 1991 Ryder Cup pairing, defeating Ian Woosnam and Sandy Lyle, 4 and 2. The two Americans would have broken the scoring record set in the Kite/Stadler-Torrance/Lane match had they gone the distance. They were 11 under in the 16 holes they completed.
Most of the damage was done by Couples, who was 9 under on his on ball.
I had a good plan today, said Floyd. Just get back out of the way and let Freddie play.
The U.S. moved two points clear when Curtis Strange made a 30-foot birdie ' his only one of the day ' at the par-4 17th to give him and Scott Hoch and 2-and-1 victory over Carl Mason and John Chillas.
Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie stopped the international bleeding when they defeated Hale Irwin and Fred Funk, 2 and 1. All square through 14, Montgomerie matched Funks birdie at the par-5 15th and then added another birdie at the par-3 16th to go 1-up. Langer then made a 20-foot birdie putt on 17 to clinch the match.
It wasnt looking good for us at 6 -4 . We needed that extra point, said Montgomerie. So now were back in, with a chance tomorrow.
Langer and Montgomerie are now 9-1-1 as a team in the Ryder Cup and UBS Cup.
Sunday's singles matches will feature Palmer vs. Player in the first match out. Former Ryder Cup captains Strange and Torrance will face off for the second time(Strange won, 4 and 3, in 2002). The most recent Ryder Cup captains, Langer and Sutton, will also square off.
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    Woods: New putter should help on slower greens

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:35 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods’ ice-cold putting showed at least a few signs of heating up earlier this month at The National, where he switched putters and ranked seventh in the field on the greens.

    The mallet-style putter is still in the bag as Woods prepares for The Open, and he’s hoping the heavier model with grooves will prove valuable at Carnoustie.

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    “To be honest with you, I’ve struggled on slower greens throughout my entire career,” Woods said Tuesday. “So for me, it’s going to help on these greens, for sure.”

    To combat the slower greens, Woods usually applied a strip of lead tape to his putter. But this heavier model of putter doesn’t need the extra weight, and the grooves on the putter face allow the ball to get rolling faster and hotter.

    “You don’t necessarily have to do that with the grooves,” he said of the lead tape. “When I putted with the Nike putter, I didn’t have to put lead tape on the putter to get a little more weight to it. I could just leave it just the way it was. This is the same type.”  

    For all of the talk about his putting woes this season, Woods still ranks 56th in strokes gained: putting. More crucial this week: He’s 102nd in approach putt performance, which quantifies how well a player lag putts.

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    Woods: Open best chance for long-term major success

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:26 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods is more than a decade removed from his last major title, but he said Tuesday that The Open is the major that gives him the best chance for long-term success.

    “I would say yes, because of the fact that you don’t have to be long to play on a links-style golf course,” Woods said during his pre-tournament news conference. “It certainly can be done.”

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    Woods pointed to the late-career success for both Greg Norman (2008) and Tom Watson (2009), both of whom challenged for the claret jug deep into their 50s.

    “Distance becomes a moot point on a links-style golf course,” he said.

    That’s certainly not the case, however, at the Masters, where bombers long have thrived, or the U.S. Open, which places a premium on long and straight driving.

    “You get to places like Augusta National, which is just a big ballpark, and the golf course outgrows you, unfortunately,” he said. “But links-style courses, you can roll the ball. I hit a 3-iron that went down there 330. Even if I get a little bit older, I can still chase some wood or long club down there and hit the ball the same distance.”

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    "Vantage Point with Mike Tirico" set to debut Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel

    By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 17, 2018, 10:15 am

    Special Hour Complementing the Network’s Week-Long Golf Central Live From The Open News Coverage; Premiere Scheduled to Include Interview with 2014 Open Runner-Up Rickie Fowler On-Site from Carnoustie

    Features Include Tirico and Curtis Strange Re-watching ’99 Open at Carnoustie & Jim “Bones” Mackay Facilitating Exclusive Conversation with Caddies Michael Greller, John Wood Recounting Final Round Pairing at 2017 Open

    To help set the table ahead of The 147TH Open at Carnoustie, Golf Channel will premiere Vantage Point with Mike Tirico on Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET. An extension of the network’s week-long Golf Central Live From The Open comprehensive news coverage, Vantage Point will revisit landmark moments in The Open’s history, uncover personal stories relevant to the fabric of the week and feature a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year” on golf’s original championship.

    “It’s a thrill to be going back to The Open again this year, which is a fitting setting to launch this new opportunity,” said Tirico, NBC Sports host who this week will celebrate his 22nd consecutive year covering The Open. “I love being a part of the Golf Channel team during golf’s biggest weeks, and anticipate contributing to our commitment to great storytelling with Vantage Point.”

    Kicking off the premiere of Vantage Point will be Tirico’s exclusive interview with 2014 Open runner-up and 2015 PLAYERS champion Rickie Fowler on-site from Carnoustie. One of Fowler’s favorite events, he has missed just one cut in eight previous appearances at The Open. Other highlights within the show include:

    • Jim “Bones” Mackay facilitating an exclusive conversation between caddies Michael Greller (Jordan Spieth) and John Wood (Matt Kuchar) recounting the final round pairing at The Open last July.
    • Tirico hosting a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year”: David Duval, Tom Lehman and Justin Leonard.
    • A recollection of one of the most unforgettable collapses in major championship golf, when Jean van de Velde surrendered a three-shot lead on the 72nd hole in 1999 at The Open. Tirico and Curtis Strange – both on the live tournament broadcast that year for ABC/ESPN – recently re-watched the telecast together for the first time since calling it live.


    “This is harder to watch than I thought it was going to be. I’ve never seen anything like

    that in my life. I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like that again.” – Curtis Strange


    “I think I got caught up in the whole deal and felt human for the guy.” – Mike Tirico


    Vantage Point with Mike Tirico will complement the network’s Golf Central Live From The Open, which will feature nearly 60 hours of comprehensive news coverage from Carnoustie. In total, NBC Sports will dedicate more than 350 hours to showcasing the third men’s major championship of the year, including nearly 50 live hours of the network’s Emmy-nominated tournament coverage – annually the most live hours of coverage from any golf event – spanning from Thursday’s opening tee shot to Sunday’s final putt.

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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  

    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 (