Tuesday - May 10 2011

By Morning Drive TeamMay 10, 2011, 2:36 pm

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TODAY'S TOPICS
- Head of the Class: Ernie Els headlines six men who are now World Golf Hall of Famers. Els, Doug Ford, Jock Hutchinson, Frank Chirkinian, President George H.W. Bush and Jumbo Ozaki inducted last night
- The Players: Practice rounds continue at TPC Sawgrass today with field that includes Martin Kaymer, Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods
- Lovemark Out: Golfweek reports Jamie Lovemark has a torn disk in his back. He last played the week before The Masters at the Shell Houston Open where he withdrew after a 1st round 80
- OT Thrillers: Overtime thrillers decide two NBA playoff games. The Heat melt the Celtics in Bean-Town to go up 3-1 while the Thunder make some noise in Memphis to tie the series

CNBC Business Headlines
- Microsoft Close to Buying Skype
- More companies spending on business trips
- Google's Online Music

GUEST SCHEDULE
7:12a EST: Shartia Brantley, CNBC BUSINESS REPORT
7:15a EST: Mark Rolfing, Golf Channel on NBC reporter LIVE FROM PLAYERS
7:30a EST: Jay Townsend, Golf Channel insider LIVE FROM PLAYERS
7:45a EST: Russell Henley, 2011 Stadion Classic Champion LIVE FROM UGA
8:00a EST: Fred Funk, Champions Tour Pro LIVE FROM JACKSONVILLE, FL
8:45a EST: Tom Lehman, 2011 Regions Tradition Champion

WATCH & LISTEN TO TODAY'S ACTION
Mark Rolfing Analysis > Listen Now
Jay Townsend Analysis > Listen Now
Russell Henley Interview > Listen Now
Fred Funk Interview > Listen Now
Tom Lehman Interview > Listen Now
Best of May 10, 2011 > Watch Recap Now

WEB-EXCLUSIVES:
Sawgrass Hurdles > Watch Now
Holly's Interview with Fred Funk > Watch Now
Behind-the-Scenes of Martin Kaymer's Visit > Watch Now

TODAY'S MUSIC
If interested in the music you heard today on 'Morning Drive', download it on iTunes.

Someday, Someway - Rhino Hi-Five: Marshall Crenshaw - EP 'Someday Someway' by Marshall Crenshaw
I Got Mine - Attack & Release 'I Got Mine' by The Black Keys
Jammin 'Jammin Me' by Tom Petty

WHO'S ON THIS WEEK
Tune-in or stream the show live on GolfChannel.com weekdays from 7-9 a.m. ET.
*Special Players Championship Programming LIVE Saturday & Sunday from 6a to 8a EST*

Wednesday, May 11
Justin Rose
Boo Weekley
Jimmy Roberts
Thursday, May 12
Annika Sorenstam
John Feinstein

Friday, May 13
Craig Perks
Doug Ferguson
Saturday, May 14
Mark Rolfing
Sunday, May 15
Carl Paulson IN STUDIO

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GOLFNOW DAILY HOOK UP
Previous day's winner:

Rod Tipton of Washougal, WA
Ghost Creek Course at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, OR  


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By Grill Room TeamJuly 16, 2018, 10:36 pm
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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.


Updated Official World Golf Ranking


There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.


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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”