By Randall MellOctober 12, 2009, 2:39 am
Presidents Cup

SAN FRANCISCO – The Internationals never had a chance.

 That’s what it sounded like in the aftermath of the United States’ 19 ½ to 14 ½ Presidents Cup victory Sunday at Harding Park.

There were intangible forces almost as formidable as an American team stacked with the top three players in the world.

There was Michael Jordan’s motivational speech before the United States took the turf Sunday, and there was captain Fred Couples’ highly unusual incentive-laden game plan and there was a boisterous home crowd nastier than your average Ryder Cup crowd.

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Hunter Mahan defeated Camilo Villegas 2 and 1 during Sunday's singles matches at Harding Park. (Getty Images)

Couples said his players were moved by Jordan’s speech, but they were equally moved knowing they were playing for a chance to claim one of the NBA Hall of Famer’s jerseys from his days with the Chicago Bulls.

Couples let players know MVP efforts would be rewarded with the presentation of four of Jordan’s official game jerseys.

Woods, Stricker and Anthony Kim ended up walking away with one. So did Phil Mickelson’s wife, Amy, who made a surprise appearance at the team dinner Saturday night.

As motivation goes, Couples said it was highly effective. The Jordan jerseys were like gold. Everyone wanted one.

The Internationals might have found the prizes fitting. They complained that the American crowds were about as well behaved as an NBA crowd.

“If you walked around and heard some of the stuff, you would be amazed,” Norman said.

Robert Allenby of the Internationals was more specific about the nature of the crowds.

“I would say 50 guys got thrown out this week for bad attitudes,” he said. “It was like playing a U.S. Open at Bethpage Black.

“There were a lot of people saying things like, `You guys [stink]’ That was nothing. There was swearing.

“The police were really good, though. They went straight to them and handcuffed them.”

How often did Allenby see that?

“More than once,” he said.

And then there was the American team.

Woods, Phil Mickelson and Stricker lived up to their billing as the top three players in the world rankings. They combined to lose just one match all week, Stricker’s fall to Geoff Ogilvy in singles.

The effort leads you to believe we may be on the verge of another golden era in American golf.

Apologies to Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and players of their generations, but we’re talking American team golf.

With Sunday’s victory, the Americans ran their streak of international team victories to three straight.

OK, it barely qualifies as a streak, but since the Presidents Cup joined the Ryder Cup in the team mix in 1994, that’s never happened before. The Americans had never won more than two in a row before this run. For a bunch of players who not so long ago were skewered for being uninterested in this team thing, they’re looking an awful lot like a dynasty in the making.

Head’s up, Europe. You’re next with the Ryder Cup scheduled in Wales next year.

Corey Pavin, the 2010 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, had to like what he saw on his scouting trip here this week.

The Americans didn’t just win. They ran up the score.

The victory came in a flurry of knockouts.

The Americans needed just five of the 12 points available in singles Sunday to secure the victory, and they got the first four of them in convincing fashion before the Internationals gained their first point. This thing was over with half the matches still in progress.

Bam, boom, bam, boom, bam.

It was nearly that quick.

In fitting fashion, Woods claimed the winning point with the most personally satisfying victory of the day to run his record to 5-0 for the week.

Woods thrashed Y.E. Yang 6 and 5 nine weeks after Yang beat him in a head-to-head Sunday duel to win the PGA Championship.

It wasn’t that long ago when the Americans were criticized for not embracing these team competitions, for dreading the annual events and all the responsibilities that came with them. They were considered too self-centered to care about melding as a unit. The low point was their loss at Oakland Hills in 2004, when American captain Hal Sutton controversially paired Woods and Mickelson, the Nos. 1-2 players in the world. The lack of chemistry was palpable and seemed to prove the point that America’s best tour pros were incompatible as teammates.

The Americans proved something whipping the Europeans without Woods at Valhalla in the Ryder Cup last year. Captain Paul Azinger made team chemistry a strength with his popular pod system where he paired players in four-man community pods. The Americans proved something again this week with Woods looking like he could fit into any pod while playing better than he’s ever played in a team event.

The Woods-Stricker pairing overwhelmed the Internationals. They went 4-0 together.

“It was a fun thing to have Tiger and Steve beat up on everybody,” Couples said. “Every tournament Tiger plays, everyone wants to know what he’s shooting and where he’s at. The Presidents Cup is no different. So for him and Steve to win every match, we basically shut their team down from saying, `Hey, we have them where we want them.’ They won every time, and I think that was a boost for us.”

It made it feel like the Internationals never had a chance.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 8:30 am

You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on  

Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (

Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (

Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM ( Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 8:30 am

Tiger Woods begins the final round of the 147th Open Championship four shots off the lead. He's out at 9:25 a.m. ET on Sunday and we're tracking him.

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Schauffele just fine being the underdog

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

“Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

“All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”

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Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at

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Jordan Spieth: 7/4

Xander Schauffele: 5/1

Kevin Kisner: 11/2

Tiger Woods: 14/1

Francesco Molinari: 14/1

Rory McIlroy: 14/1

Kevin Chappell: 20/1

Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

Alex Noren: 25/1

Zach Johnson: 30/1

Justin Rose: 30/1

Matt Kuchar: 40/1

Webb Simpson: 50/1

Adam Scott: 80/1

Tony Finau: 80/1

Charley Hoffman: 100/1

Austin Cook: 100/1