Bunker Shots Windy City Walker Cup and un-American wins

By Randall MellSeptember 8, 2009, 4:00 pm

With Arnold Palmer turning 80 on Thursday, his wit and wisdom help frame the storylines for the week ahead.

Memory won’t serve Woods this week

“Putting is like wisdom, partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience.”  – Arnold Palmer

Tiger Woods likes familiar places.

He’s comfortable with what he knows and doesn’t like to wander into unfamiliar golf territory very often.

It’s why his schedule looks so much the same every year and why he wins so many times on the courses he knows best.

That’s why he couldn’t have liked hearing that Rees Jones renovated the greens at Cog Hill outside Chicago, home to this week’s BMW Championship, the third leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs. Woods has won four PGA Tour events there and will be looking to win a fifth to regain his spot atop the FedEx Cup points standings a week after Steve Stricker seized it from him.

Woods putts best when he can putt from memory.

His memory’s been erased this week.

“They are totally different greens,” said Luke Donald, who lives in the Chicago area and played the course two weeks ago. “Nothing is the same.”

Donald said the greens have been rebuilt with distinctive sections, with undulations that must be navigated putting from one section to another.

“If you’re on the right plateau, it’s flat,” Donald said. “If you’re not, you’ll have a few ridges to putt over.”

Mark Wilson, who also lives in the Chicago area, said the greens are dramatically different.

“The greens are much more difficult,” he said. “They are more undulating than what I would have liked. The ninth green is a crazy green. The greens will be a huge factor.”

Woods struggled with the greens at The Barclays in the first week of the Playoffs.


Stricker should feel at home in Chicago
 
“Success in golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character.” – Arnold Palmer
 
Stricker should get an enthusiastic welcome when he tees it up as the new No. 1 atop the FedEx Cup points standings at the BMW Championship at Cog Hill outside Chicago this week.

Stricker played at the University of Illinois.

Plus, he’s from Edgerton, Wis., less than a three-hour drive from Cog Hill.

“They’ve changed it now so no one is really familiar with it, but I did win there back in ’96,” Stricker said. “I’m very excited about going there. I imagine I’ll be paired with Tiger again, which is always a lot of fun. I’ll have a big following there. I’m close to home, and I went to school at the University of Illinois, so I’ll be double dipping from both States. I’m looking forward to it, and hopefully I can keep my good play going.”



No. 1 vs. No. 2 head-to-head in the playoffs

“I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.”
– Arnold Palmer

A plus in the FedEx Cup playoffs is that players share tee times in the first two rounds with the players closest to them in the point standings.

That means No. 1 Stricker and No. 2 Woods will be in the same grouping for the fifth and sixth times in these playoffs. No. 3 Heath Slocum will join them again on Thursday and Friday at Cog Hill.

Stricker is cumulatively five shots better than Woods in their four groupings together in these playoffs.

Here’s how Stricker and Woods have fared in first two rounds at The Barclays and the first two rounds at the Deutsche Bank Championship:

Stricker 69 70 63 72

Woods 70 72 70 67



The cruel, final cut awaits

“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening, and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind ever invented.” Arnold Palmer

By virtue of his holding the 30th spot in the FedEx Cup point standings, Ian Poulter is the bubble boy this week at the BMW Championship.

The field of 70 will be trimmed to 30 for the Tour Championship.

Poulter is among 30 players at Cog Hill who have never played in the Tour Championship. Angel Cabrera, Paul Casey, Brian Gay, Paul Goydos and Mark Wilson also will be among those seeking to lock up their first trips to the Tour Championship.

Chad Campbell, who has played in the Tour Championship before, has the most work to do to advance to East Lake in Atlanta. He claimed the 70th and final spot into the BMW Championship.


An American drought continues

“I’ve always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me.”
– Arnold Palmer

International players will be looking to extend their winning streak in LPGA events to 12 consecutive when the P&G Beauty Northwest Arkansas Championship is played Friday through Sunday at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark.

With Norway’s Suzann Pettersen winning the CN Canadian Women’s Open Sunday, 17 weeks have passed since an American has won.

Before this year, Americans had never gone more than 10 consecutive LPGA events in a season without winning since the LPGA was formed in 1950.

Cristie Kerr is the last American to win this year, claiming the Michelob Ultra Open in May.


An Amateur tradition continues

“What other people may find in poetry, I find in the flight of a good drive.” – Arnold Palmer

The Americans lead 33-7-1 in their Walker Cup competition against Great Britain & Ireland, but it’s not as lopsided as it seems.

While the Americans will be going for their third consecutive victory against Great Britain & Ireland when the matches are staged Saturday and Sunday at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., GB&I has claimed three of the last five and four of the last seven competitions.

Woods likes familiar places.

 

He’s comfortable with what he knows and doesn’t like to wander into unfamiliar golf territory very often.

 

It’s why his schedule looks so much the same every year and why he wins so many times on the courses he knows best.

 

That’s why he couldn’t have liked hearing that Rees Jones renovated the greens at Cog Hill outside Chicago, home to this week’s BMW Championship, the third leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs. Woods has won four PGA Tour events there and will be looking to win a fifth to regain his spot atop the FedEx Cup points standings a week after Steve Stricker seized it from him.

 

Woods putts best when he can putt from memory.

 

His memory’s been erased this week.

 

“They are totally different greens,” said Luke Donald, who lives in the Chicago area and played the course two weeks ago. “Nothing is the same.”

 

Donald said the greens have been rebuilt with distinctive sections, with undulations that must be navigated putting from one section to another.

 

“If you’re on the right plateau, it’s flat,” Donald said. “If you’re not, you’ll have a few ridges to putt over.”

 

Mark Wilson, who also lives in the Chicago area, said the greens are dramatically different.

 

“The greens are much more difficult,” he said. “They are more undulating than what I would have liked. The ninth green is a crazy green. The greens will be a huge factor.”

 

Woods struggled with the greens at The Barclays in the first week of the Playoffs.

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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 GolfChannel.com.  

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; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

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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 golfodds.com.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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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