Milwaukee is the place to be

By Michael CollinsJuly 17, 2008, 4:00 pm
So let the caddie get this straight: I can spend $3,500 to go to a place with bad food, bad weather, and a golf course my player and I dont know, which would probably mean a missed cut (no percentage pay).
Or go hang a week in Milwaukee, home of Laverne and Shirley, cheese heads (Have you ever had cheese curds? WOW!), and Brown Deer Park, where if Corey Pavin can win ' no offense Corey cause youre my boy and all but even you looked surprised at the award ceremony ' everybody has a chance.
I know this may offend some of my fans in the UK and it is the oldest championship in the world, but unless its at St. Andrews, you lost me to Milwaukee.
Now before yall start typing those nasty e-mails to me, remember this is the caddie in me saying this. The fan in me will watch The Open religiously (both events for that matter), and the lover of the game in me would fly there in a NY minute to play all the amazing courses that Ive seen on TV and have heard about from the caddies and broadcasters who have been there.
Now you have to be honest with me: Other than the winning caddie, have you ever seen a caddie walking at The Open, in full rain gear, hanging on to the bag for dear life, in a 40-mile-an-hour wind when its 50 degrees, laughing and looking like hes having fun? HELL NO!!
Its like marathon runners who say they love the way running makes them feel, they get that runners high. Yeah well you dont look happy and high when I see you during the fifth mile of your run. You look like a caddie at The Open: tired, wet and miserable.
Now some players will actually pay their caddies air fare and hotel to go with them to The Open, but thats the exception not the rule. And even in some of those cases the caddie will respectfully decline and let the player get a local caddie when they arrive.
Milwaukee, on the other hand, has a great course and reliable weather ' hot and humid, with a few thunderstorms to stop play at least once. One year they accidently left beer in the coolers on the tees and never put Gatorade in. It was 94 degrees and 91% humidity; needless to say, I ended up buying Gatorades for my player and me from some kids across the street (and the little poops wouldnt even give us a discount!) at one tee box because my boy was cramping up so bad.
I remember his wife walking along with us and all she could talk about was popcorn and hot dogs. I turned to my boy and said, I bet your wife is pregnant. Found out the next week, my caddie pregnancy instincts are also good!
Now the Brits can drink, but against Cheese Heads? Please, you think Brett Farves comeback may be better than Beckhams? Ask yourself this, where would you want to be if you were gonna go out for a night on the town? Thats what I thought. I dont think there are any Harley Davidson biker dive bars in England, but Ive personally been in six of them in Milwaukee and one of em is right outside the gate of Brown Deer Park.
Every day youll find caddies drinking and complaining about their players. WE made birdie at 7 and then at 8 HE makes bogey after I told him to hit 7-iron, but noooo he flies a 6 over the green! Yeah, Ill take another one, please, bottles fine, thank you, honey.
I love the history The Open has brought to the game and the compelling golf that comes with it ' especially when I can love it from either in front of my TV or after happily carrying a bag around Wisconsin.
Editor's note: Michael Collins has been a stand-up comedian for 15 years and has more than seven years experience as a professional caddie. He currently covers the PGA TOUR as a correspondent with XM Satellite Radio and takes his turn on The Turn Mondays on GOLF CHANNEL.
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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 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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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 8:30 am

    Tiger Woods begins the final round of the 147th Open Championship four shots off the lead. He's out at 9:25 a.m. ET on Sunday and we're tracking him.

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    Schauffele just fine being the underdog

    By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

    Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

    Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.

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    “Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

    Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

    “All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”

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    Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

    Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

    So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

    Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

    Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at

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    Jordan Spieth: 7/4

    Xander Schauffele: 5/1

    Kevin Kisner: 11/2

    Tiger Woods: 14/1

    Francesco Molinari: 14/1

    Rory McIlroy: 14/1

    Kevin Chappell: 20/1

    Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

    Alex Noren: 25/1

    Zach Johnson: 30/1

    Justin Rose: 30/1

    Matt Kuchar: 40/1

    Webb Simpson: 50/1

    Adam Scott: 80/1

    Tony Finau: 80/1

    Charley Hoffman: 100/1

    Austin Cook: 100/1