Top 10 reasons to double take in 2K10

By Rex HoggardJanuary 19, 2010, 12:49 am
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1. Tiger Woods working a gallery rope with Sharpie in hand. Rank this item among the litany of unsolicited advice, but the world No. 1’s reclamation project should start with the rank-and-file and a hearts-and-minds campaign pulled directly from Phil Mickelson’s fan book. Keep it simple: sign, smile, schmooze.

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2. Corey Pavin and/or Colin Montgomerie make dubious captain’s pick. Monty has already proven adapt at turning heads and dropping jaws and, thanks to Paul Azinger, Pavin has twice as many picks, which means twice as many chances to screw up.

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3. A smooch for the FedEx Cup. So far the season-long champions (Tiger Woods 2007, 2009 and Vijay Singh 2008) have been less than willing to give the silver punch bowl a kiss, but Woods’ self-imposed hiatus and Singh’s health issues will set the stage for a new champion who is not averse to PDA (public displays of affection).

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4. First in Tour golf history: Swing coach cans student. As gurus gain their own celebrity it’s bound to happen and if we had to pick a leading candidate our money is on Sergio Garcia, who reportedly started working with putter whisperer Dave Stockton Sr. this offseason.

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5. Phil Mickelson blows a lead. All the cosmic tumblers suggest Lefty is primed for a career year, but from such lofty heights come the most high-profile crashes and the man who coined the phrase “I’m such an idiot,” will run afoul the golf gods at least once when it counts in 2010.

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6. Rookie wins at major event. The 2009 class was shut out of the winner’s circle but don’t expect a repeat. This year’s crop is too deep and talented to be denied. It may not come at a Grand Slam event, but it will be on a big stage.

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7. A flyer. Steve Flesch once claimed to have gone a decade on Tour without hitting a flyer, but the new rule regarding the size and shape of grooves will make slightly buried lies unpredictable and the gallery behind greens dangerous for spectators.

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8. U.S. Open ends on Sunday. Following back-to-back Monday finishes at the national championship this year’s outing goes according to script with a 72-hole, Sunday champion and a Woods photo op.

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9. AARP-type makes run at Claret Jug. OK, this story shouldn’t prompt a double clutch given the fact that Greg Norman and Tom Watson have made 50, or 60, the new 30 at the game’s oldest championship, but let’s face it, the Old Course is the playground for the old at heart.

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10. The United Kingdom outnumbers United States in the top 10 of the World Golf Ranking. Actually, the UK trails the U.S. by just a single player now (4-3) and Ian Poulter (England) is poised to make a move at 12th.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 12:55 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:

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

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.

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 early 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 early marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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Fleetwood, with his fancy umbrella, fires 65 on Day 2

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 12:34 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tommy Fleetwood looked like an Open rookie when he set out on Friday under gray skies and a cold, steady rain.

Because the Englishman doesn’t have an equipment sponsor he made a quick turn through the merchandise tent for an umbrella – but at least he didn’t have to pay for it.

“We stole it,” he laughed when asked about his Open-brand umbrella. “We got one given for free, actually. We didn't steal it. We don't always carry an umbrella. So it just so happens this week that we've got a nice Open Championship [umbrella]. It looked quite nice, the yellow and the course.”

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

It was Fleetwood’s only rookie move on Day 2 at Carnoustie, posting a flawless 65 to move into an early tie for second place at 5 under par.

Fleetwood holds the competitive course record at Carnoustie, a 9-under 63 he shot last fall during the European Tour’s Dunhill Links Championship, but given Friday’s conditions and the difficulty of this course during The Open, his 65 on Friday might have been better.

“It's not a course record, but it's pretty good,” said Fleetwood, who was stroke behind leader Zach Johnson. “If you went out, you wouldn't really fancy being 6 under out there. So I think that's a good indication of how good it was.”

It was a dramatic turnaround for Fleetwood on Friday. He said he struggled with his ball-striking, specifically his tee shots, on Day 1, but he was able to turn things around with an hour-long session on the range following his opening round.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 10:15 am

Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.

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McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

Said Harmon:

“Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

“He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

“This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

“Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.