Hooks and Cuts The Barclays

By Rich LernerAugust 26, 2009, 4:00 pm
The Barclays JERSEY CITY, N.J. ' From the Solheim Cup to the FedEx Cup, golf runneth over.
  • The Playoffs were just never legitimate the first two years with the world No. 1 bypassing the No. 1 market. Tiger Woods is here now, and that means more fans, more media and more punch.
     
  • Michelle Wie blew people away with her Solheim Cup play. She was Tiger-like in her ability to hit mind-blowing shots ' like her second at No. 2 on top of Helen Alfredsson ' and, at last, her penchant for making putts that mattered. Theres no pressure from here. All she needs to do is win five times a year and save the LPGA.
     
  • Best views in golf: Pebble Beachs seventh hole (and Pebble's eighth and 18th), anywhere at Kapalua with whales breaching in the Pacific, Harbour Towns 18th late in the day, the 12th tee at Augusta National, No. 18 at St. Andrews and Liberty National. Liberty National? In Jersey City? Yes, its that spectacular.
     
  • Trying to gauge the weight of these playoffs, I posed a question to Frank Nobilo. If Lucas Glover wins The Playoffs to go with his one major, is he Player of the Year over Tiger Woods, with Tiger's five, or say even six, wins should he claim one of the next four? Frank said yes, that Glover ' or Cabrera or Cink or Yang, for that matter ' would win Player of the Year by winning The Playoffs.
     
  • Unless I missed something, Christina Kim didnt commit a crime, did she?
     
  • Tigers won in 16 states but never in New Jersey. The careers not complete until you win in Jersey.
     
  • Half-million-dollar memberships on what was once contaminated land? Only in America.
     
  • Youll see the leading lady more than the leading man this week. The Statue of Liberty could get more TV time than Tiger.
     
  • Cant believe how much buzz the Solheim Cup is generating. Everywhere I go people want to talk about it.
     
  • The Liberty National property was formerly the site of massive storage warehouses, one of which was supposedly used by the Gambino crime family. The place has gone from whod you hit to whatd you hit? Only in America.
     
  • On the plane flying to Newark, guy next to me saw me reading tournament notes and asked, Wheres the Tour stop this week? Jersey City, I said, as if it were Pebble or Scottsdale.
     
  • Big markets with strong fields and Tiger possibly playing all four is a major, major improvement over where we were four years ago when the juice dried up after the last major.
     
  • Is the golf course manufactured? No question. Are The Playoffs manufactured? Of course they are. But what isnt manufactured in modern sports? Wildcards, new ballparks designed to look old ' its all manufactured. The more relevant question is: are you more inclined to watch? The answer is yes, because the big names are here. And if it takes a manufactured post season to make that happen, so be it.
     
  • I heard Eli Manning lives on the Sopranos side of the river. Jersey Citys actually been revitalized. The rents are reasonable compared to Manhattan and the views kill.
     
  • New York Yankees, New York Times, New York minute, New York skyline, New York Giants. What else?
     
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    Watch: Tiger makes 6 birdies, 1 amazing par in Rd. 3

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 4:10 pm

    Tiger Woods started the third round of The Open at even par, having made seven birdies and seven bogeys over the first 36 holes at Carnoustie.

    Following three pars to start on Saturday, Woods went on a birdie binge.

    No. 1 came with this putt at the par-4 fourth.


    No. 2 with this two-putt at the par-5 sixth.


    No. 3 thanks to this 30-footer at the par-4 ninth.


    No. 4 after nearly jarring his approach shot on the par-4 10th.


    No. 5 when he almost drove the green at the par-4 11th and two-putted, from just off the green, from 95 feet.


    And No. 6, which gave him a share of the lead, came courtesy another two-putt at the par-5 14th.


    Woods bogeyed the par-3 16th to drop out of the lead and almost dropped - at least - one more shot at the par-4 18th. But his tee shot got a lucky bounce and he turned his good fortune into a par.


    Woods shot 5-under 66 and finished the day at 5 under par.

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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 4:05 pm

    Tiger Woods made six birdies and one bogey on Saturday for a 5-under 66 in the third round of The Open. We're tracking him as he vies for major No. 15.


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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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    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.