On The Range Blog - February 8

By On The Range TeamFebruary 9, 2012, 2:00 am

On The Range Talent
Host: Gary Williams (Golf Channel)
Analyst: Wayne Player (Instructor & Founder of The Player Approach)
Analyst: Billy Kratzert (4-time PGA TOUR winner)

This Week’s Events
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Pebble Beach Golf Links (Host Course) - Pebble Beach, CA
Defending Champion - D.A. Points

Omega Dubai Desert Classic
Emirates GC - Dubai, UAE
Defending Champion - Alvaro Quiros

Marquee Player
Hunter Mahan
-Runner-up at 2011 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
-Finished Top 10 in last 4 PGA TOUR sanctioned event
-MC last week in Commercialbank Qatar Masters
-3 career PGA TOUR wins
-Swing Instructor: Sean Foley
-Caddie: John Wood

Course Survey
Pebble Beach Golf Links (Par 72 – 6,816 yards)
Spyglass Hill GC (Par 72 – 6,858 yards)
Monterey Peninsula (Par 70 - 6,838 yards)
-Putt to Win: 3 of the past 6 winners (’11 Points, ’07 Mickelson and ’06 Oberholser) have led the field in Putting Average while ’08 Lowery was 2nd. Points played his final two rounds at Pebble Beach last year and didn’t miss a putt inside of 9’ on the weekend (31 of 31).

-Look for a lot of birdies and eagles: Last year Points finished T1 in Birdie Average (5.75) and T1 in Total Eagles (2). In 2010, Dustin Johnson made 3 eagles en route to victory. Coincidentally, 4 of the past 5 winners have been Top 3 in Par 5 Scoring for the week.

-Gotta get off to a hot start: The past 3 winners were also the leader/co-leader at the end of the 1st Round (Points opened with a 63 last year, Johnson with a 64 and 65 the previous two years).

-Toughest Par 5 in golf: The 14th hole at Pebble Beach (Par 5, 573 yards) has played as the toughest Par 5 on the PGA TOUR the past two seasons. In 2010 it actually ranked 1st and 2nd toughest because of the U.S. Open also being played at Pebble Beach.

-Short and straight off the tee: Not only are Pebble Beach and Monterey Peninsula the two shortest courses on the PGA TOUR, but they have some of the easiest fairways to hit as well. On the 2011 PGA TOUR, Monterey Peninsula had the 4th highest driving accuracy percentage (76.85%) and Pebble Beach had the 6th easiest (70.29%). Spyglass Hill had the shortest average driving distance on TOUR (271.4)

-Putting is a pain 3 of 4 rounds: On the 2011 PGA TOUR, Monterey Peninsula ranked the toughest in Overall Putting Average, One-Putt Percentage, 3-Putt Avoidance and Putts Per Round. Pebble Beach ranked the toughest in putting percentage from 10’-15’, 15’-20’ and     20’-25’ while ranking 5th toughest inside 5’. Spyglass Hill on the other hand ranked as one of the easiest putting courses in nearly every category.

Top 5: Courses on the PGA TOUR
This week the PGA TOUR returns to Pebble Beach Golf Links, one of the top rated courses in the world. It's hosted U.S. Opens, The Clam Bake and numerous other high profile events, but how does it shake up against the rest of this year's schedule. Gary Williams, Billy Kratzert and Wayne Player share their thoughts on the Top 5 Courses on the PGA TOUR (Share your thoughts or Top 5 in the comments section):

Gary Williams
1. Pebble Beach ('It's America's Mona Lisa. It's the most remarkable golfing canvas in our country.')
2. Riviera
3. Bethpage Black
4. Muirfield Village
5. Quail Hollow

Billy Kratzert
1. Greenbrier ('The Old White TPC is an old style, straight forward course. Love the radar greens!')
2. Pebble Beach
3. Riviera
4. East Lake
5. Colonial

Wayne Player
1. Pebble Beach ('No golf course can replicate the great ocean views and overall experience of Pebble Beach')
2. Muirfield Village
3. Bay Hill
4. Quail Hollow
5. PGA National 

Featured Groups
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Coverage Begins Thursday at 2:30PM ET on Golf Channel

Thursday, 12:50PM ET, 1st Tee (Spyglass Hill GC) 
Phil Mickelson & Skip McGee, Kevin Na & Jimmy Dunne III

Thursday, 1:01PM ET, 1st Tee (Pebble Beach GL)
Dustin Johnson & Joe Rice, Kyle Thompson & Nat Hardwick

Thursday, 1:01PM ET, 10th Tee (Spyglass Hill GC)
Tiger Woods & Tony Romo, Arjun Atwal & Danny Lane

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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”