Alex Miceli - October 31, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamOctober 31, 2012, 11:22 am

Golf Channel Contributor Alex Miceli is in China this week for the WGC-HSBC Champions. Keegan Bradley, who became the first player to win a Major when anchoring his putter, has decided that he needs to change the dialogue on the anchored putter debate a bit and has said that he would be willing to consider legal action if the USGA and R&A ban the action of anchoring the putter. He is one of a number of players who not only anchor their putter but would be open to pursuing legal action if anchoring is banned. Anchoring has been legal for decades and for some it has been the only way that they have ever putted. Players are also unhappy to a certain extent that they have not been consulted as often as they would like by the USGA and R&A on this possible decision. While both governing bodies have been meeting with players recently, Keegan Bradley has said that he has yet to be approached by either the USGA or the R&A while Ernie Els has said that he has just a brief, non-substantive conversation with R&A officials.

The WGC-HSBC Champions has continued to grow in stature over the years since the event was granted WGC status and although Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are not playing, the event has a very impressive field with Luke Donald, Phil Mickelson, and Bubba Watson among others. The best players in this field are travelling to China because of the quality of the event and they all understand the importance of China as an emerging market in the world of golf.

Phil Mickelson is making his first start since the Ryder Cup this week and he has had success in this event, winning in 2007 before it was a WGC event and in 2009 when it was a WGC event. Mickelson seems to have been motivated and inspired by Keegan Bradley at the Ryder Cup where they went 3-0-0 together as a duo. Although Mickelson admits he was crushed by the loss at Medinah, he also says that he is more motivated than ever to play well and he credits Keegan for that motivation.

Louis Oosthuizen is a world traveler and he is constantly trying to adjust to the different courses and the different grasses on the greens. In tonight’s edition of On The Range, Oosthuizen is going to talk about how he is working to accustom himself to the greens in China this week and how he is going to prepare for the closing stretch of the Race to Dubai. Oosthuizen is currently 5th in the Race to Dubai and he wants to end the year on a high note.

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McIlroy 'committed to everything ... ran out of holes'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy summed it up: “I don’t really feel like it’s a defeat. I feel like it’s a good week.”

McIlroy, in search of his fifth major, tied for the lead at The Open late on Sunday at Carnoustie when he made eagle on the par-5 14th hole. An hour later, he had made five consecutive pars to close out a 1-under 70 and tie for second place with Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

That group ended two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. McIlroy thought it was realistic to squeeze one more shot out of his round, but he never though it was possible to squeeze out two.

“I committed to everything,” he said. “I hit the shots when I needed to. I made good swings on 17 and on 18. I just ran out of holes.”

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McIlroy hasn’t played poorly this year, but this hasn't been a year that would rank as a total success. He took the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and collected a second-place finish at the BMW PGA Championship. He had a legitimate chance to win the Masters before a terrible Sunday round, and then missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month at Shinnecock Hills.

Sunday at Carnoustie, McIlroy bogeyed two of his first five holes and quickly became an afterthought. When others faltered, McIlroy birdies Nos. 9 and 11, then eagled 14 to vault back into the picture.

“I’m happy with how I played,” he said. “I didn’t get off to a great start, but I hung in there, and I battled back.

“So I’ll look back at this week and be very encouraged about what I’ve done and the golf that I played. I feel like that will stand me in good stead for what’s coming up.”

McIlroy is scheduled to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks, followed by the PGA Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs.

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Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:54 pm

Francesco Molinari played a bogey-free weekend at Carnoustie to claim Italy's first claret jug.

His rock-solid performance in the final round earned him his share of social media plaudits.

Here's a collection of Twitter hat-tips, and we start off with Frankie's brother, Dodo.

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Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.

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“I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

“Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.

We compiled some of their missives below:

Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.