PGA Tour should look to LPGA on slow play

By Rex HoggardMay 22, 2012, 7:49 pm

FORT WORTH, Texas – Let’s call this the wrong execution of the right idea and count Morgan Pressel, bless her emotional heart, as a wrong-place, wrong-time victim, collateral damage in a campaign that is long overdue.

To do otherwise, would be to miss the point.

No, the LPGA’s pace-of-play policy may not be bulletproof. In fact, to hear some PGA Tour types this week at the Colonial, it’s as riddled with inconsistencies and misconceptions as their own circuit’s convoluted rules on slow play. But there is one glaring exception – the ladies tour is at least trying to put some bite in its small-print bark.

These are the facts. On the 12th tee during her semifinal match against Azahara Munoz at last week’s Sybase Match Play Championship, both players were informed that they were “on the clock.”

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According to first-hand reports, Pressel, who was the first to play, was timed starting with her tee shot and given 30 seconds to play each shot with a 10-second grace period. When the dust settled, the stopwatch didn’t lie, Pressel breached the rule by 39 seconds and was assessed a penalty, which in match play was a loss of the hole.

Some Monday morning quarterbacks have called the incident unnecessary, arbitrary, even unfair that a relatively fast player would be penalized because her group was put on the clock because of the actions, or inactions, of a slow player, in this case Munoz.

Lost in all the handwringing , however, is the truth that you may not agree with the LPGA policy, but at least the women’s circuit is making an effort.

By comparison, the PGA Tour hasn’t doled out a stroke penalty, or loss of a hole in match play, in 17 years.

“No one has played slow in 17 years?” smiled one Tour frat brother early Tuesday morning at Colonial.

It seems ill-timed that exactly one week after Kevin Na made headlines with his languid pace of play at The Players Championship that some in the golf world have become indignant over the LPGA’s decision to penalize Pressel at such a crucial moment.

But in golf, officials don’t swallow the whistle in the fourth quarter. Strike zones don’t become larger on Sundays just because the outcome could become uncomfortable, and fouls, however ticky tacky, don’t go unnoticed.

“If I’m in the first group off on Thursday, and I tap down a spike mark, I get the same penalty as the guy who is playing in the last group on Sunday would on the 72nd hole,” Brendon De Jonge said. “I wish they’d do that out here.”

The LPGA’s policy may not be ideal, although compared to the Tour’s laissez faire approach it certainly qualifies as a deterrent, but it is how that circuit’s rule makers have decided to combat slow play, and you don’t let a rule slide just because it doesn’t pass the smell test.

Much of the debate at Colonial focused on the injustice of timing an entire group when it may be just a single player causing the hold up. The venerable locker room at Hogan’s Alley was filled with stories of players who have been penalized – cash, because the Tour doesn’t do stroke penalties for slow play, or at least they haven’t for the better part of two decades – because of the actions of a habitual snail.

“I used to try and speed up when my group got put on the clock before, but I’ve stopped doing that,” Erik Compton said. “I don’t do that anymore. I just keep my same pace.”

But this isn’t about building a better mousetrap. This is about going with the policy you have, and to the LPGA’s credit they have, at least in this instance, followed the letter of the law.

No one wants to see a seemingly innocent player penalized, particularly at a crucial moment, but if the only alternative is a don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy, then it may be time for the suits in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., to look south to Daytona Beach for the answer.

The LPGA’s policy may not be perfect, and Pressel’s plight certainly qualifies as unfortunate, but at least they are trying, and that’s more than the PGA Tour can say.

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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

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“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