Stevie's toughness helped Scott win Masters

By Rex HoggardApril 19, 2013, 6:04 pm

Before we pack away our Masters notebook, it’s worth one final visit back down Magnolia Lane – from a frenzied Friday for the rules staff to another Sunday show, it always takes time to completely digest the year’s first major.

Made Cut

Stevie. Yes, we first-named the Kiwi caddie and no, loopers never hit a shot. But the rough-around-the-edges bagman deserves his share of credit for Adam Scott’s major breakthrough on Sunday at Augusta National.

And this isn’t just about the read the New Zealander gave Scott on the second extra hole. “The winning putt might be the highlight putt of my career. Because he asked me to read it,” said Williams, who advised the Australian the walk-off birdie was two, not one, cup out on the right and much faster than he thought.

This is about the drive, be it real or perceived, Williams has brought to the relationship. Whether Scott ever arrives at his Grand Slam moment without his often-gruff caddie is debatable, but there is no denying the Aussie is tougher with Stevie on the bag. And toughness won the 2013 Masters.

James Driscoll. Few in golf could watch Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon with as much emotional attachment as the native Bostonian.

Driscoll watched last year’s race from a bar close to the site of the bombings and had friends near the finish line when the attacks occurred. “It was crazy,” he said on Tuesday at the RBC Heritage.

On Wednesday, Driscoll answered the craziness when he announced he will donate $1,000 for every birdie he makes this week at Harbour Town, and at next week’s Zurich Classic in New Orleans, to a Birdies for Boston initiative that will benefit the victims of the bombings.

Tweet of the week: @LukeDonald “Harbour Town is a gem of a track this week – narrow, small greens, makes you think – a great blueprint for how courses should be designed.”

Note to architects: For those whose record is stuck on the idea that bigger is better, consider that wee Harbour Town was the fifth-toughest non-major championship course on Tour last year at just 7,101 yards (par 71).


Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF)

Quick whistles. Maybe John Paramor should have kept his now-infamous stopwatch in his pocket. Maybe 14-year-old Tianlang Guan should have responded to the first two warnings to speed up during last week’s second round at the Masters.

Yet as unseemly as the one-stroke penalty for slow play appeared at the moment, the reality is we can’t lament the ills of slow play in one breath and then recoil when the application of the rules offends the senses.

Guan was hardly the only snail on Friday at Augusta National – one player was in a group behind the teen and said he never waited to hit a shot after the fourth hole during Round 2 – but he was the only one to blow through three stop signs (timings).

In some ways, Paramor’s ruling is part public service announcement. An estimated 1.4 billion potential golfers in China now know it’s not OK to play slowly.

Anchoring. Regardless of your take on anchoring and the long putter, Scott’s victory at the Masters completed the “Anchoring Slam” and likely slammed the final nail in the club’s coffin.

Officials from the USGA and R&A said they plan to make a final announcement on anchoring this spring and if Scott’s broom-handle putter didn’t push the rule makers over the ledge, 14-year-old Guan’s use of a belly putter will likely complete the process.

The rule makers have said all along that this isn’t about what Scott – who joined Keegan Bradley (PGA Championship), Webb Simpson (U.S. Open) and Ernie Els (British Open) as major winners who used long putters – does so much as it is a concern that the grassroots use of long putters has jumped dramatically in recent years.

Of course, Scott’s victory probably didn’t help.

“We were joking on Sunday that they (the USGA and R&A) will ban it before the U.S. Open,” Els said this week.

Oversized. Officials at this week’s RBC Heritage are making the best of a bad situation, and let’s hope the PGA Tour realizes this week’s increased field size is too much.

The Heritage is one of eight events that have bumped up its field size this season, from 132 to 144, in an attempt to mitigate the loss of playing opportunities as the circuit transitions to a split-calendar schedule later this year.

After stumbling through Harbour Town’s already-cramped locker room this week, (officials had to build 14 new lockers to accommodate the extended field) it’s clear this Lowcountry classic has exceeded capacity and suggestions that the Heritage should maintain a 144-player field in the future should be shelved.

As one player told Cut Line, “It’s like trying to change your shoes in a phone booth.”


Missed Cut

Augusta National. This isn’t about Tiger Woods, who received a retroactive two-stroke penalty for an incorrect drop he took on the 15th hole during Friday’s second round at Augusta National. This is about a curious decision to “protect the player” by the tournament’s competitions committee.

While the decision to forgo disqualification, which is the normal penalty for signing an incorrect scorecard, which Woods did, is within the rules (although Rule 33-7 has never been used on Tour in more than 50 years on the books), it has left a curious legacy.

“Let's face it, committees make mistakes from time to time, and players are entitled to rely on what a committee does,” said Fred Ridley, the chair of the Masters competitions committee.

In this case, there were two mistakes. The first was when Ridley & Co. reviewed the tape of Woods’ drop and deemed it legal, and the second when they failed to notify him of the issue before he signed his scorecard.

Those who have made this a “Tiger issue,” have missed the point. This is about the mistakes made by the committee, which is supposed to protect the field, not the player.

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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 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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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.


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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