Ted Bishop Recaps Tenure as PGA of America President, Discusses Current State of the Game on In Play with Jimmy Roberts, Monday, August 11, 9 P.M. ET

By Golf Channel Public RelationsAugust 5, 2014, 8:10 pm

A 20-year owner/operator of his family-run golf course outside of Indianapolis, PGA of America President Ted Bishop explains how his long tenure in the golf industry helped prepare him for his role as one of the game’s most influential voices on the next episode of In Play with Jimmy Roberts, airing Monday, Aug. 11 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel. In an interview with Golf Channel’s Matt Ginella, Bishop discusses his outspoken stance on some of golf’s biggest issues, shares personal insight on the business side of the game, and offers ideas for making the sport more inclusive to the non-traditional golfer.

Additional stories scheduled for Monday’s episode are:

The Villages: A one-of-a-kind active retirement community where golf carts are the preferred form of transportation (golf carts outnumber the amount of taxi cabs in New York City 5-to-1), The Villages is Florida’s largest retirement community and also is the fastest growing metropolitan area in the nation, according to the Census Bureau. With more than 100,000 residents spread out over three counties in Central Florida, The Villages community features 42 golf courses – including 32 9-hole executive courses and 10 Championship courses – and live entertainment 365 nights a year. Golf Channel’s Rich Lerner takes an in-depth look at the unique Central Florida destination.

Conversation in Cooperstown: Jimmy Roberts umpires a conversation from Cooperstown, N.Y., with first-ballot Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famers Johnny Bench (class of 1989), Mike Schmidt (class of 1995) and Tom Glavine, who was recently inducted as a member of the class of 2014. Topics discussed include baseball players’ infatuation with golf, with Schmidt and Bench’s attempts to take up golf professionally after their baseball days were over.

Will Robins: A former aspiring golf professional, Will Robins was on his honeymoon on Dec. 26, 2004, when he and his wife got caught in the catastrophic Thailand tsunami. Both survived, but due to injuries sustained that day, Robins was forced give up on his competitive playing career and later found peace in teaching the game to others.

Then and Now – Steve Scott: The Cinderella story of the 1996 U.S. Amateur, Steve Scott was on the verge of amateur golf history before meeting his ultimate fate, finishing runner-up to Tiger Woods. Scott looks back on the improbable story and talks about his continued career in golf, albeit on a different path.

Golf Detective:History meets mystery when In Play’s slightly defective “Golf Detective” Matty Blake sets out to learn more about the lost Ryder Cup of 1939.

Host and managing editor Roberts, a 13-time Emmy Award-winner, has drawn critical praise for telling some of sports’ greatest stories during his distinguished career at NBC Sports, ESPN, ABC News and ABC Sports, which includes covering 15 Olympics.  Described as “an enterprising new original series” by Sports Illustrated and a “gorgeously shot magazine show” by CableFAX Daily, the Emmy Award-nominated In Play with Jimmy Roberts chronicles stories ranging from celebrities to everyday people who are all unified by golf.

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Watch: Moore does impressions of Tiger, Poults, Bubba

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.


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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.”