Cut Line: Dinner with Jack and a swing for Tiger

By Rex HoggardFebruary 26, 2016, 5:17 pm

For potential U.S. Ryder Cup players it was dinner and a show this week at Jack Nicklaus’ home, complete with a pep talk from the Golden Bear himself and a cameo by Tiger Woods.

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Golden moments. Whether all of the team building and tinkering will deliver a much-needed victory at this fall’s Ryder Cup remains to be seen, but there is no ignoring the level of commitment shown by everyone involved in this year’s matches.

Last year’s U.S. Ryder Cup task force gave us Davis Love III for his second turn as captain, an overhauled selection process and, at least according to those involved, a legacy plan to make the event competitive into the next decade.

Since then Love’s vice captains, a group that includes Woods, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker and Tom Lehman, have been in regular contact and the U.S. captain, who said his preparation this time around is much more proactive.

“I think what I learned from last time, I thought I didn't need to focus on who the players were until later, until I kind of got a handle on who they were going to be,” Love said earlier this month at Pebble Beach. “This time around, I’m talking with my vice captains, we need to grab a hold of these guys right now.”

This week in South Florida, Jack and Barbara Nicklaus hosted a group of potential U.S. players at their home for an informal dinner that Love said via Twitter included, “incredible insight.”

Some two dozen players, at least that’s how many posed for a picture that Love tweeted, attended the dinner at the Golden Bear’s home, and although it might not help the U.S. side make more putts in October it certainly couldn’t hurt.

Great Scott. When the U.S. Golf Association and Royal & Ancient announced the move to ban anchoring beginning this year many figured the likes of Adam Scott would struggle with a return to a traditional-length putter.

The Australian, however, seems to be renewed by the change, finishing tied for second last week at the Northern Trust Open (where he ranked second in the field in putts made distance and converted 58 of 65 attempts from 10 feet and in).

Scott opened with an even-par 70 on Thursday at the Honda Classic (the scoring average for Round 1 was 72.3) and was 15th in the field in strokes gained-putting.

“I made so many great strokes and putts this week,” he said on Sunday at Riviera. “I feel like it's all in a really good spot. I'm excited about going into the Florida stretch and then getting to Augusta where I feel the greens are really the kind of grass that I like a lot and feel most comfortable on.”

Putting at Augusta National? Comfortable? Yeah, that sounds like a guy who is in panic mode.

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Tiger sightings. The good news: Woods is swinging a golf club again. The bad news: According to a video the 14-time major champion posted on Twitter on Wednesday he’s currently limited to 9-iron shots in an indoor simulator (although Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte reported a source spotted Woods hitting drivers at the end of last week).

Woods didn’t provide a lot of detail on his competitive outlook following a third back procedure last September other than, “progressing nicely,” to go along with his tweet; but NBC Sports analyst Notah Begay III told the crew on “Morning Drive” on Thursday, “He’s moving along, progressing. He’s in a good frame of mind, and I think that’s the most important thing. It’s just about being patient with injuries.”

Woods, who hasn’t played since the Wyndham Championship in August, also attended this week’s Ryder Cup dinner at Nicklaus’ house.

While Tiger appears further down the road to recovery then some may have thought, there was this cautious footnote to this week’s update – there is still no timetable for his return to the PGA Tour.

Tweet of the week: @McIlroyRory (Rory McIlroy) “While you’re on your feet [Tiger Woods], do a few calf raises would ya?”

Good to see McIlroy, who engaged in a social media row with Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee last week regarding his efforts in the gym, can give as well as he takes.

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South Florida sting. Sure, the folks at Honda just signed on for another half century (or something like that) to sponsor the Tour’s South Florida stop and the field this week is as deep as always, but there’s still something about the Honda Classic that leaves Cut Line cringing.

Without question, PGA National is an upgrade over the event’s previous digs – does anyone remember TPC Heron Bay? – but the layout, combined with perennially tough conditions, ranks right up there with a tax audit and root canal among the play-for-pay set.

Don’t get this twisted, Tour types have nothing against a “tough but fair” test, but PGA National always seems to shade too far toward the former.

The layout has ranked inside the top 11 toughest courses on Tour four out of the last five years, including a spot just behind Chambers Bay (U.S. Open) and TPC San Antonio (Texas Open) last year.

To be fair, the Honda Classic is one of the Tour’s most improved stops over the last decade, and there’s nothing wrong with the layout that a lawnmower couldn’t fix.

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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 1:03 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.

Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.

Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.

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After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.

“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”

Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).

It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 12:45 pm

Tiger Woods, in search of his 15th career major championship title, started the weekend six off the lead at Carnoustie. We're tracking him in Round 3 of The Open.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 12:20 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch.

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 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 (