Golf Channel Hosts 'Selection Monday' Show to Set Field for Newly Formatted WGC-Cadillac Match Play

By Golf Channel Public RelationsApril 23, 2015, 7:50 pm

Group Selections Will Be Drawn Live on Golf Channel During 90-Minute Special, Including Player Reaction from Host Course TPC Harding Park in San Francisco

GolfChannel.com’s Monday Scramble Show Will Follow Cadillac Match Play Show with Additional Live Analysis and Discussion

The new player selection process determining the groupings that will complete the competition bracket for the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play will be showcased live on a Golf Central Special airing Monday, April 27 at Noon ET, on Golf Channel.

The 90-minute “Selection Monday” show will originate from Studio A at Golf Channel’s world headquarters in Orlando, Fla., and will be hosted by Ryan Burr, with analysis provided by analyst Tripp Isenhour and Golf Channel Insider Tim Rosaforte. Todd Lewis will be reporting with player reaction from the site of the WGC-Cadillac Match Play, TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

Also joining in studio will be PGA TOUR rules official John Lillvis, who will officially oversee the process to determine the groupings. The new format this year will assign the top seed for each of the 16 four-player groups based on the top 16 players in order of their position in the Official World Golf Ranking. The remaining three players in each group will be determined by a blind draw from each of three pools depending on their standing in the OWGR (17-32, 33-48 and 49-64). Each group will play round-robin matches within their group Wednesday through Friday. The player with the best record in each group advances to the Round of 16 for single-elimination match play.

Following the telecast at 1:30 p.m. ET, viewers can log on to www.GolfChannel.com for further analysis and discussion of the groupings with editor Jay Coffin and staff writer Ryan Lavner on Monday Scramble, a new, weekly digital program. Burr, Isenhour and Rosaforte will drop in for a segment, as will staff writer Will Gray. The team also will break down the week’s past action in golf, including the PGA TOUR’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Golf Channel’s social media platforms will be reporting news, insights and updates all week surrounding the WGC-Cadillac Match Play via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Fans will have access to the latest information from the group announcements on Monday to the final 16 on Friday, and the crowning of a Match Play Champion on Sunday.  Handles to follow for the week include @GolfChannel, @GolfCentral, @GCTigerTracker, Facebook.com/GolfChannel, Instagram.com/GolfChannel.

Golf Channel and NBC will feature more than 30 live hours of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, with much of the coverage airing in primetime. On Saturday, May 2, NBC’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby will lead directly into the Quarterfinal matches, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.

WGC-Cadillac Match Play programming air times (all times Eastern):

Monday, April 27

Golf Central Special: WGC-Cadillac Match Play Selection Show           12-1:30 p.m.             Golf Channel

Monday Scramble                                                                              1:30-2 p.m.          GolfChannel.com

Golf Central (further analysis)                                                            6-7 p.m.                    Golf Channel

Wednesday, April 29

WGC-Cadillac Match Play (Round Robin)                                            4-10 p.m.                  Golf Channel

Thursday, April 30

WGC-Cadillac Match Play (Round Robin)                                            4-10 p.m.                 Golf Channel

Friday, May 1

WGC-Cadillac Match Play (Round Robin)                                            5-10 p.m.                  Golf Channel

Saturday, May 2

WGC-Cadillac Match Play (Round of 16)                                             3-7:30 p.m.               Golf Channel

                                            (Quarterfinals)                                       7:30-11 p.m.             NBC

Sunday, May 3

WGC-Cadillac Match Play (Semifinals)                                                9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Golf Channel

                                            (Championship Match)                           2-6 p.m.                    NBC

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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.


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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.”

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Harrington: Fiery Carnoustie evokes Hoylake in '06

By Ryan LavnerJuly 16, 2018, 3:45 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – One course came to mind when Padraig Harrington arrived on property and saw a firm, fast and yellow Carnoustie.

Hoylake in 2006.

That's when Tiger Woods avoided every bunker, bludgeoned the links with mid-irons and captured the last of his three Open titles.

So Harrington was asked: Given the similarity in firmness between Carnoustie and Hoylake, can Tiger stir the ghosts this week?


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“I really don’t know,” Harrington said Monday. “He’s good enough to win this championship, no doubt about it. I don’t think he could play golf like the way he did in 2006. Nobody else could have tried to play the golf course the way he did, and nobody else could have played the way he did. I suspect he couldn’t play that way now, either. But I don’t know if that’s the strategy this week, to lay up that far back.”

With three days until the start of this championship, that’s the biggest question mark for Harrington, the 2007 winner here. He doesn’t know what his strategy will be – but his game plan will need to be “fluid.” Do you attack the course with driver and try to fly the fairway bunkers? Or do you attempt to lay back with an iron, even though it’s difficult to control the amount of run-out on the baked-out fairways and bring the bunkers into play?

“The fairways at Hoylake are quite flat, even though they were very fast,” Harrington said. “There’s a lot of undulations in the fairways here, so if you are trying to lay up, you can get hit the back of a slope and kick forward an extra 20 or 30 yards more than you think. So it’s not as easy to eliminate all the risk by laying up.”