Cut Line: Examining golf's 'C' word, Garcia's incident

By Rex HoggardJanuary 17, 2014, 6:42 pm

Nothing gets Cut Line’s laptop buzzing like the “C” word, and although suggestions this week that Sergio Garcia cheated were wildly unfounded and utterly inaccurate the Spaniard did rekindle the debate over instant replay and viewer call-ins to secure his spot among this week’s winners and losers.

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Open dialogue. Give credit to the U.S. Golf Association, which seemed a little slow to respond last year when the then-proposed ban on anchoring went from being an idea to a lightning rod, for stepping in to fill in the blanks regarding Pinehurst and this year’s championship fortnight.

USGA executive director Mike Davis plans to meet with LPGA players in March at the Founders Cup to answer questions regarding the U.S. Women’s Open, which will be played a week after the U.S. Open on the venerable No. 2 course.

“I have questions and so do some of the players, about practice, when can we practice?” LPGA commissioner Mike Whan told’s Randall Mell this week.

“What happens if there’s a playoff and they’re playing on Monday? What about course setup? Are the landing areas into the greens going to be pretty beat up? Is the range going to be OK for us? How much access are we going to get? How comfortable is the USGA going to be with us trying to create more awareness for us in week two during week one? What about accommodations? Is it going to be difficult for us and our players to find accommodations, especially the weekend before?”

Perhaps the USGA, and more so the Royal & Ancient, didn’t stay on topic during last year’s heated anchoring debate, but it appears that Davis & Co. certainly learned from that episode.

The Answer. Although it is still early, for the sake of historical fairness Rory McIlroy deserves kudos for his solid start in Abu Dhabi this week.

The Northern Irishman opened with rounds of 70-67 and is tied for fourth midway through his 2014 debut. If that doesn’t exactly sound like a reason to celebrate, consider that at this point last year he’d signed for matching 75s in Abu Dhabi and was headed home from his less-than-auspicious debut as a Nike Golf staff player.

After ending 2013 with three top-10 finishes in his last five starts, including his only victory of the year at the Australian Open, McIlroy seems to be on his way to finding the answers to all those questions that dogged him last season.

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After further review. Seems PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem is not the only person with a growing distaste for instant replay and viewer call-ins.

Sergio Garcia was likely swayed into that camp after getting sideways with armchair rules officials everywhere on Thursday in Abu Dhabi.

The incident involved footage of Garcia taping down a mark on the 18th green during Thursday’s opening round at the European Tour event. After being alerted to the possible violation by viewers, European Tour officials had Garcia show them what happened and he was absolved of any wrongdoing.

What was not caught on film was Garcia fixing a pitch mark on the green, only the final stages of taping down the damage which prompted the call ins and a host of misleading reports that suggested he had cheated.

“It's fine to call in when you can see that someone has cheated. But to say that about someone without knowing all the facts is wrong,” Garcia said. “Being related to that word is the most disgusting thing that can happen to any golfer. So it was a little disappointing. I'm happy it was cleared up and I was able to play today.”

In golf “cheating” is the one word that doesn’t wash off and Garcia was understandably disturbed by the episode. But what El Nino doesn’t grasp is that the system worked as it should. The viewers questioned, officials investigated and life went on.

As for the background noise, you would think the iconoclastic Garcia would have learned to ignore that by now.

Tweet of the week: @StewartCink “Apparently my glowing head has received some attention today. It’s nice to be (in) the spotlight.”

Cink’s dome, complete with its distinct tan line, became a social media sensation following a particularly unflattering shot of the former Open Championship winner last week at the Sony Open. May we suggest a visor, and lots and lots of sunscreen?

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Show me the money. In the uber-competitive world of hosting professional events the dirty little secret is that not all tournaments are created equal.

For PGA Tour stops the guidelines are clear. Tournament directors can offer enormous purses and quality golf courses to woo the top players. Period. In Europe, however, organizers are also allowed to sweeten the pot with appearance fees that regularly drift into the seven figure neighborhood for the world’s best.

The problem with this “money talks” duplicity is that these European Tour events, like this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, are essentially paying for World Ranking Points, as well as a handsome marquee.

Consider this week’s stop in Abu Dhabi will award 48 World Ranking points to the winner, compared to just 40 for the champion at the Humana Challenge. In fact, of the three PGA Tour events played in 2014 none offered as many ranking points as players will receive in Abu Dhabi, and it will be a similar story in a few weeks in Dubai when world No. 1 Tiger Woods makes his ’14 debut.

There is too much riding on the World Ranking these days to allow points to go to the highest bidder.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 9:00 am

Tiger Woods shot his second consecutive 70 on Friday at Carnoustie and enters weekend play at even par for the championship, still in contention for major No. 15.

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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 (

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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson