On The Range Blog - March 21

By On The Range TeamMarch 22, 2012, 1:00 am

On The Range Talent
Host: Gary Williams (Golf Channel)
Analyst: Billy Kratzert (4-time PGA TOUR winner)
Analyst: Brandel Chamblee (Golf Channel Analyst)

This Week’s Events
Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard
Bay Hill Club & Lodge - Orlando, FL
Defending Champion: Martin Laird

Marquee Player
Brandt Snedeker
-2012 Farmers Insurance Open winner
-3 career PGA TOUR wins
-4th in scrambling on 2012 PGA TOUR
-6th appearance in Arnold Palmer Invitational
-Caddie: Scott Vail
-Swing Instructor: Todd Anderson

Course Survey
Bay Hill Club & Lodge (Par 72 – 7,381 yards)

-Drive it straight and long: 2011 winner Martin Laird and 2010 winner Ernie Els both finished 4th in the field in Total Driving. Both were also Top 10 in Ball Striking for the week.

-Lag putting is key: On the 2011 PGA TOUR, Bay Hill had the highest proximity to the hole from the fairway (36’8”) and 3rd highest overall proximity to the hole (39’0”)

-Champions finish strong: 3 of the past 4 winners have not only played the final 3 holes at Bay Hill under par but bogey-free for the entire week. Last year Martin Laird played the final 3 holes in 4-under for the week. Despite the 18th being one of the most difficult closing holes on the PGA TOUR, no champion has played the hole over par for the week since Chad Campbell in 2004.

Top 5: Nicknames in Golf History
Arnold Palmer is a 7-time Major Champion, World Golf Hall of Fame member and host of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. For many, he's known simply as The King. Where does his nickname stack up against some of the other golf greats? Here are the results of our On The Range Poll and our analyst rankings for Top 5 Nicknames in Golf History (Share your thoughts or Top 5 in the comments section):

Gary Williams
1. The King (Arnold Palmer)
2. The Hawk (Ben Hogan)
3. The Golden Bear (Jack Nicklaus)
4. Lumpy (Tim Herron)
5. The Walrus (Craig Stadler) 

Billy Kratzert
1. The King (Arnold Palmer)
2. The Shark (Greg Norman)
3. The Walrus (Craig Stadler)
4. The Big Easy (Ernie Els)
5. The Golden Bear (Jack Nicklaus)

Viewer Poll Results
1. The King (Arnold Palmer)
2. The Shark (Greg Norman)
3. The Big Easy (Ernie Els)
4. The Golden Bear (Jack Nicklaus)
5. The Walrus (Craig Stadler)

Featured Groupings
Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard
Coverage Begins Thursday at 2:30PM ET on Golf Channel

Thursday, 12:56PM ET (1st)
Brandt Snedeker, Jim Furyk, Bill Haas

Thursday, 1:08PM ET (1st)
Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Sang-Moon Bae

Friday, 12:56PM ET (1st)
Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Hunter Mahan

Friday, 1:08PM ET (1st)
Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson, Justin Rose

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Tiger putts way into contention at The Open

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 5:17 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – When Tiger Woods benched his trusty Scotty Cameron blade putter last month at the Quicken Loans National for a new TaylorMade mallet-headed version some saw it as a sign of desperation, but if his performance on Carnoustie’s greens on Saturday were any indication it could end up being a calculated success.

Woods stormed into contention on Day 3 with a 5-under 66 to move to within shouting distance of the lead at The Open, thanks in large part to his vastly improved putting.

“I hit so many good putts out there today, and this week from distance, I've had really good feels,” said Woods, whose 29 putts on Saturday belies his performance on Carnoustie’s greens. “Even as this golf course was changing and evolving, I've maintained my feels with the putter. I've made a couple of putts from about 40 to 60 feet, which is nice. I just feel like I've been able to roll the ball.”

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

The highlight of Woods’ round came at the par-4 ninth hole when he charged in a 40-footer for birdie from the front edge of the green to begin a run of three consecutive birdies. Perhaps more impressive, he didn’t have a three-putt, and has only had two all week, which is always a bonus on links courses.

Woods temporarily took a share of the lead with a lengthy birdie putt at the 14th hole and scrambled for a par save at the last after his drive nearly found the Barry Burn.

“I hit a few putts that I think should have gone in from 20, 30 feet today," he said. "So that's always a good sign.”

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TT postscript: A 66, he's in contention - awesome

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 4:58 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Here are a few things I think I think after Tiger Woods went berserk Saturday and shot 5-under 66 to vault up the leaderboard at The Open at Carnoustie:


At 4:13PM here in Scotland, when Tiger two-putted for birdie on the par-5 14th hole, he held a share of the lead in a major championship. It was once unthinkable, but it happened. I saw it with my own eyes.

• Tiger’s last two weekend rounds in the 60s in The Open both happened at Carnoustie and both happened on July 21. In 2007, Woods shot 69 here. On Saturday, that score was clipped by three shots. Tiger shot 65 in the second round of The Open at Royal Liverpool in 2006. He won his third claret jug that week. Tiger last shoot 66 in a major during the second round of the 2011 Masters.

• This is the sixth time that Tiger has recorded three consecutive rounds of par of better to start The Open. He went on to win three of the previous five times.

• One bad swing, the only bad swing of the day according to Tiger, produced the luckiest of breaks. Standing on the 18th tee with an iron in hand, Tiger pulled his tee shot that hit on the top of the Barry Burn and very easily could’ve ended in a watery grave. Instead it ended in thick rough, some 250 yards from the pin. Tiger punted it up the fairway, but got up and down from 83 yards to save par and shoot 66. “I hit my number,” he quipped about hitting wedge to 2 feet.

• On the other hand, the lone bogey came from one poor putt. On the par-3 16th hole, with half of Scotland screaming his name, Tiger missed a 7-footer for par. It was deflating at the time because the last three holes are so difficult. Pars on the last two holes were stellar.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

• Final stats: 12 of 15 fairways, 14 of 18 greens and 29 total putts. Tiger hit six drivers and one 3-wood, proving that he was way more aggressive. He hit four drivers on Friday and only one on Thursday.

• One of the aforementioned drivers that he hit on the ninth hole was well left and in some thick round, 170 yards from the hole. A safe approach to 40 feet set him up for and easy two-putt par. But he slammed the putt home and made an improbable birdie. “I hit so many good putts out there today, and this week from distance, I’ve had really good feels,” he said.

• In his own words about his chances of winning: “It certainly is possible. I’ve shown that I’ve been there close enough with a chance to win this year. Given what happened the last few years, I didn’t know if that would ever happen again, but here I am with a chance coming Sunday in a major championship. It’s going to fun.”

Yes, yes it is.

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Watch: Guy sleeps next to many beers at Open

By Grill Room TeamJuly 21, 2018, 4:55 pm

It's Moving Day at The Open Championship for all but one sedentary fan.

Cameras caught this potentially browned-out man having himself a Saturday snooze on the browned-out grasses of Carnoustie:

Browned out. That's a great term. Glad it's in the public domain. We've been using it all weekend. I imagine we'll continue to use it. A lot.

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Watch: Tiger makes 6 birdies, 1 amazing par in Rd. 3

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 4:10 pm

Tiger Woods started the third round of The Open at even par, having made seven birdies and seven bogeys over the first 36 holes at Carnoustie.

Following three pars to start on Saturday, Woods went on a birdie binge.

No. 1 came with this putt at the par-4 fourth.

No. 2 with this two-putt at the par-5 sixth.

No. 3 thanks to this 30-footer at the par-4 ninth.

No. 4 after nearly jarring his approach shot on the par-4 10th.

No. 5 when he almost drove the green at the par-4 11th and two-putted, from just off the green, from 95 feet.

And No. 6, which gave him a share of the lead, came courtesy another two-putt at the par-5 14th.

Woods bogeyed the par-3 16th to drop out of the lead and almost dropped - at least - one more shot at the par-4 18th. But his tee shot got a lucky bounce and he turned his good fortune into a par.

Woods shot 5-under 66 and finished the day at 5 under par.