TOUR Notes Singh a Good Pick at PGA

By Pga Tour MediaAugust 7, 2007, 4:00 pm
News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
 
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  • Hes never a bad pick, but Vijay Singh might be a good player to watch this week at Southern Hills. The Tulsa course has hosted four events over the past 15 years'the 1994 PGA Championship, the 1995 and 1996 TOUR Championships and the 2001 U.S. Open'and Singh has finished in the top-10 in three of those tournaments. He was 6th at the 1995 TOUR Championship, T7 at the 2001 U.S. Open and T9 at the 1996 TOUR Championship.
     
  • There are 26 rookies on the PGA TOUR this year and if the season ended today, 13 of them would qualify for the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.
     
  • How good was Steve Flesch in winning last weeks Reno-Tahoe Open? He led the field in Driving Distance and was third in Driving Accuracy. He was also second in Greens In Regulation. The victory gave him a huge boost in the FedExCup standings are he jumped from a precarious 140th all the way to 79th.
     
  • Andres Romero has made a remarkable move up The Presidents Cup eligibility list over the last three weeks. Prior to the British Open, Romero was 35th in the standings for the International team. Following his 3rd place finish at the British Open, his win at the Deutsche Bank Players Championship and a T6 at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, hes climbed all the way to 10th in the standings with just one week remaining. During that same span, hes gone from 114th in the Official World Golf Rankings all the way to 25th.
     
  • Its pretty rare to win the same event on TOUR three years in a row. In fact, after Tom Watson won his third consecutive Byron Nelson Classic in 1980, no one performed the feat until Tiger Woods won his third consecutive Memorial Tournament in 2001. As difficult as the task has been, Tiger will begin the 2008 PGA TOUR season looking for his fourth consecutive win in three different events'the Buick Invitational, the World Golf Championships-CA Championship and the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
     
  • None of the top-10 players in Driving Distance on TOUR have won a tournament this season, but players ranked in the top-10 in Driving Accuracy have won four'Zach Johnson has two while Fred Funk and Jim Furyk have one each.
     

    Champions Tour CHAMPIONS TOUR:
  • Jay Haas finished second last week at the 3M Championship for his eighth consecutive top-10 finish. The finish allowed Haas to extend his lead in the Charles Schwab Cup race to 194 points over Brad Bryant.
     
  • Eagle twos were recorded by consecutive groups on the 15th hole last Sunday at the 3M Championship. First, Chip Beck knocked in his second shot from 157 yards and in the following group, Jay Haas did the same from 180 yards.
     
  • It should not have been a surprise that D.A. Weibring won last weeks 3M Championship. Prior to last week, Weibring had nine sub-par rounds in nine starts at the event and added three more last week in winning.
     
  • More on Weibring: The Illinois native has won a combined nine PGA TOUR or Champions Tour events in his career and six of them have come in the Midwest'four in Illinois, one in Iowa and one in Minnesota.
     

    Nationwide Tour NATIONWIDE TOUR:
  • Steve Fleschs win last week at the Reno-Tahoe Open was the 210th on the PGA TOUR by a former Nationwide Tour player. Former players have won a TOUR event in each of the last four weeks.
     
  • When Brad Elder won last weeks Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open he became just the seventh player in Nationwide Tour history to win the same event twice. Elder also won in Wichita back in 1999.
     
  • You might want to look for a veteran to emerge this week at the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic. Players 40 or older have won four of the previous seven events in Pennsylvania.
     
  • There will be a strong Nationwide Tour presence at this weeks PGA Championship with 61 former players in the field. Three alums have won the PGA Championship'John Daly in 1991, David Toms in 2001 and Shaun Micheel in 2003.
     
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    Chamblee: Like Tiger in '13, Mickelson should've DQ'd self

    By Golf Channel DigitalJune 19, 2018, 2:46 pm

    Two days after Brooks Koepka left Long Island with the U.S. Open trophy, the third-round antics of Phil Mickelson are still garnering plenty of discussion.

    Mickelson became a lightning rod of opinion after he intentionally hit a moving ball on the 13th green Saturday at Shinnecock Hills, incurring a two-shot penalty but not a disqualification. In the aftermath, he explained that he made a conscious choice to take the penalty to avoid playing back and forth across the crispy putting surface, and he tied for 48th after a final-round 66.

    Speaking Tuesday on "Morning Drive," Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee shared his view that Mickelson would have been well-served to disqualify himself ahead of the final round. He also compared it to Tiger Woods' incident at the 2013 Masters, when he took an incorrect drop and, like Mickelson, received a two-shot penalty but not a disqualification.



    "I think Tiger, at least it's my opinion that his year would have been less distracting if he had done so," Chamblee said. "And I think the same of Phil Mickelson. If he had withdrawn from the championship and said, 'Look. This is a little sketchy. It didn't play out the way I thought. I've given it some thought and it's in the best interest of the championship that I withdraw.'"

    Chamblee added that Mickelson's antics were "really distracting" on a day filled with drama as the USGA lost control of course conditions, noting that Mickelson and playing partner Andrew "Beef" Johnston were the only tee time where both players failed to break 80 despite the difficult conditions.

    But having had time to review the situation and having surveyed a number of peers, Chamblee is as convinced as ever that Mickelson made a mistake by showing up for his final-round tee time.

    "What Phil did, I haven't run into a single person that hasn't said he deserved to be disqualified," Chamblee said. "Under any interpretation, a serious breach - if gaining an advantage is not a serious breach, I don't know what is. And he clearly said he was gaining an advantage and doing it for strategic reasons."

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    Norman to pose in ESPN's 'Body Issue'

    By Grill Room TeamJune 19, 2018, 2:05 pm

    Professional golfers have, from time to time, appeared in ESPN's "Body Issue," which features athletes strategically posed in the nude. The list includes: Belen Mozo, Carly Booth, Gary Player, Camilo Villegas, Sandra Gal, Christina Kim, Anna Grzebien, Suzann Pettersen and Sadena Parks.

    And now, Greg Norman.

    Modesty has never been an issue for Norman, who has an affinity for posing without a shirt (and sometimes without pants) on his Instagram account.

    He joins a list of athletes, in this year's edition, ranging from professional wrestlers (Charlotte Flair) to Olympians (Adam Rippon) to WNBA stars (Sue Bird). Click here for a full list of the athletes to appear.

     

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    DJ listed as betting favorite for The Open

    By Will GrayJune 19, 2018, 2:00 pm

    With the U.S. Open officially in the books, oddsmakers quickly turned their attention to the season's third major.

    Minutes after Brooks Koepka holed the winning putt to successfully defend his title at Shinnecock Hills, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook published its first set of odds for The Open. Jordan Spieth, who opened at 14/1, will defend his title as the tournament shifts to Carnoustie in Scotland for the first time since 2007, when Padraig Harrington defeated Sergio Garcia in a playoff.

    Joining Spieth at 14/1 is 2014 Open champion Rory McIlroy, but they're both listed behind world No. 1 Dustin Johnson. Johnson, who was a runner-up at the 2011 Open at Royal St. George's and just finished third at the U.S. Open, opened as a 12/1 betting favorite. Koepka, now a two-time major winner, is listed at 20/1 alongside U.S. Open runner-up Tommy Fleetwood.

    Here's a look at the first edition of odds, with The Open just five weeks away:

    12/1: Dustin Johnson

    14/1: Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy

    16/1: Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas

    20/1: Brooks Koepka, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm

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

    30/1: Sergio Garcia, Patrick Reed, Hideki Matsuyama

    40/1: Phil Mickelson, Branden Grace, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Marc Leishman

    50/1: Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Tyrrell Hatton

    60/1: Matt Kuchar, Patrick Cantlay, Bryson DeChambeau, Ian Poulter, Francesco Molinari, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Matthew Fitzpatrick

    80/1: Tony Finau, Zach Johnson, Thomas Pieters, Daniel Berger, Xander Schauffele, Bubba Watson, Shane Lowry

    100/1: Charl Schwartzel, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker

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    Golf Channel, Loch Lomond Partner on Claret Jug Tour Ahead of 147TH Open

    By Golf Channel Public RelationsJune 18, 2018, 9:35 pm

    Award-Winning Independent Scotcb Whisky Sponsoring Tour to Select U.S. Cities; Will Include Special Tastings and Opportunities for Fans to Engage with Golf’s Most Storied Trophy

    Golf Channel and Loch Lomond Group are partnering on a promotional tour with the Claret Jug – golf’s most iconic trophy, first awarded in 1873 to the winner of The Open – to select U.S. cities in advance of the 147TH Open at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland. Loch Lomond Whisky’s sponsorship of the tour further enhances the brand’s existing five-year partnership with the R&A as the official spirit of The Open, initially announced in February.

    “We are proud to partner with Golf Channel to support this tour of golf’s most iconic trophy,” said Colin Matthews, CEO of Loch Lomond Group. “Whisky and golf are two of Scotland’s greatest gifts to the world, and following the news of our recent partnership with the R&A for The Open, being a part of the Claret Jug tour was a perfect fit for Loch Lomond Group to further showcase our commitment to the game.”

    “The Loch Lomond Group could not be a more natural fit to sponsor the Claret Jug tour,” said Tom Knapp, senior vice president of golf sponsorship, NBC Sports Group. “Much like the storied history that accompanies the Claret Jug, Loch Lomond’s Scottish roots trace back centuries ago, and their aspirations to align with golf’s most celebrated traditions will resonate with a broad range of consumers in addition to golf fans and whisky enthusiasts.”

    The tour kicks off today in Austin, Texas, and will culminate on Wednesday, July 11 at the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe one week prior to The Open. Those wishing to engage with the Claret Jug will have an opportunity at one of several tour stops being staged at Topgolf locations in select cities. The tour will feature a custom, authentic Scottish pub where consumers (of age) can sample Loch Lomond’s portfolio of whiskies in the spirit of golf’s original championship and the Claret Jug. The Claret Jug also will make special pop-up visits to select GolfNow course partners located within some of the designated tour markets.

    (All Times Local)

    Monday, June 18                    Austin, Texas              (Topgolf, 5:30-8:30 p.m.)

    Tuesday, June 19                    Houston                      (Topgolf, 5-8 p.m.)

    Wednesday, June 20               Jacksonville, Fla.        (Topgolf, 6-9 p.m.)

    Monday, June 25                    Orlando, Fla.               (Topgolf, 6-9 p.m.)

    Wednesday, July 4                 Washington D.C.        (Topgolf, 5:30-8:30 p.m. – Ashburn, Va.)

    Monday, July 9                       Edison, N.J.                (Topgolf, Time TBA)

    Wednesday, July 11               Lake Tahoe, Nev.       American Century Championship (On Course)

    Fans interacting with the Claret Jug and Loch Lomond during the course of the tour are encouraged to share their experience using the hashtag, #ClaretJug on social media, and tag @TheOpen and @LochLomondMalts on Twitter and Instagram.

    NBC Sports Group is the exclusive U.S. television home of the 147TH Open from Carnoustie, with nearly 50 live hours of tournament coverage, Thursday-Sunday, July 19-22. The Claret Jug is presented each July to the winner of The Open, with the winner also being given the title of “Champion Golfer of the Year” until the following year’s event is staged. The Claret Jug is one of the most storied trophies in all of sports; first presented to the 1873 winner of The Open, Tom Kidd. Each year, the winner’s name is engraved on to the trophy, forever etched into the history of golf’s original championship. It is customary for the Champion Golfer of the Year to drink a favorite alcoholic beverage from the Claret Jug in celebration of the victory.