John Hawkins - February 12, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamFebruary 12, 2012, 2:40 pm

On, Hawkins wrote an intensive article on Tiger Woods in 2000. When asked how a Tiger win today would compare to 2000, he said that it would different simply because Tiger is not the same person today and he is also not the empire that he was in 2000. When Tiger came from 7 back with 7 to play, that was one of the biggest moments of that year and he left Pebble Beach feeling bulletproof. While he will not leave Pebble feeling bulletproof if he wins today, the impact of the win could arguably be as big as the win in 2000 was.

He is certainly someone who roots for the story and after having done his first live chats of 2012 on, he knows that everyone is rooting for Tiger Woods to win. While a Phil Mickelson win would be a big deal, a Tiger Woods win would be so big that it will be the lead story on numerous networks and in numerous newspapers while that would not be the case for Phil Mickelson.

There is no question in his mind that Phil needs Tiger but Tiger needs Phil too although Phil needs Tiger more. While Tiger has poked fun at Phil over the years, there has never been any real animosity between them and their involvement in the team competitions have also brought them closer. As the landscape in golf continues to change in favor of the younger stars, Tiger and Phil are brought even closer together.

During these live chats, the most popular question he receives is about how many times Tiger will win in one year. He also receives a lot of clever ones but the best ones are not really suitable for TV.

In Dubai, Rafael Cabrera-Bello – not McIlroy or Kaymer – ended up being the one to unseat Lee Westwood from the top of the leaderboard in the final round. While he thinks that this loss will have some impact on the immediate future, he does not think that this loss will have a significant impact on how he plays in The Masters. This loss may require an extra beer or two but in the long run, this will not be debilitating for Lee Westwood.

John thinks Tiger looks great on the golf course this week and his swing is incredibly strong. When asked if Tiger, Luke Donald, or Lee Westwood will win a Major first, he said that Tiger will win one first because of the fact that Tiger has won 14 Majors and the other two have not won their first.

If Tiger goes two more years without a Major Championship win, it would be appropriate to say that the window for winning Majors either has closed or is closing because having a scenario when a player like Jack Nicklaus in his late 30s goes on to win 4 Majors before his career ends is the exception and not the rule.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 12:55 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch.

Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the early marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the early marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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Fleetwood, with his fancy umbrella, fires 65 on Day 2

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 12:34 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tommy Fleetwood looked like an Open rookie when he set out on Friday under gray skies and a cold, steady rain.

Because the Englishman doesn’t have an equipment sponsor he made a quick turn through the merchandise tent for an umbrella – but at least he didn’t have to pay for it.

“We stole it,” he laughed when asked about his Open-brand umbrella. “We got one given for free, actually. We didn't steal it. We don't always carry an umbrella. So it just so happens this week that we've got a nice Open Championship [umbrella]. It looked quite nice, the yellow and the course.”

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

It was Fleetwood’s only rookie move on Day 2 at Carnoustie, posting a flawless 65 to move into an early tie for second place at 5 under par.

Fleetwood holds the competitive course record at Carnoustie, a 9-under 63 he shot last fall during the European Tour’s Dunhill Links Championship, but given Friday’s conditions and the difficulty of this course during The Open, his 65 on Friday might have been better.

“It's not a course record, but it's pretty good,” said Fleetwood, who was stroke behind leader Zach Johnson. “If you went out, you wouldn't really fancy being 6 under out there. So I think that's a good indication of how good it was.”

It was a dramatic turnaround for Fleetwood on Friday. He said he struggled with his ball-striking, specifically his tee shots, on Day 1, but he was able to turn things around with an hour-long session on the range following his opening round.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 10:15 am

Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.

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McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

Said Harmon:

“Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

“He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

“This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

“Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.