Long Drives and Tomsmanship

By Rich LernerSeptember 4, 2001, 4:00 pm
A Long Drive Back
In a sport which prefers a soft strain of piano, John Dalys a Merle Haggard song. Hes straight country, with a Marlboro hanging from his lips, and a truckfull of busted nights, busted marriages and busted tee balls. The victory at the BMW International puts an exclamation point on the comeback that should be a made-for-TV movie with a Nashville soundtrack. It restores his marketability overseas and allows him to improve his financial situation. Amazing, because this wasnt believed possible a year ago. There was still the specter of sevens and eights on any given hole and the occasional WD. That Daly had the mental and physical stamina to stay focused for four straight days at a high, high level is most gratifying of all. What now? Its always perilous to try to predict the future with John. But its sure rosier than its been in some time. And if the more-likely and consistent challengers to Tiger over the next few years figure to be Duval and Mickelson, the one who would bring the house down is John Daly tangling with Tiger on the backside at a longer and harder Augusta National.
Where Did She Come From?
Donna Caponi confided to me while I was in the booth for the First Union Betsy King Classic that Kate Golden had much more talent than her performance indicated. A week later Caponi looks like a prophet when Golden fired a final-round 63 to come from six back to beat Annika Sorenstam - of all players - at the Rail Classic. It was Goldens first win and it was as improbable as any on the women's tour all season. Her final-round scoring average coming in was 73, and Sorenstam was so firmly in control through three rounds that no one stopped to consider for a moment any scenario but Annika collecting her seventh win of the year and sewing up the Rolex Player of the Year race.
Mastery is within reach of more than a few in golf. Kate Golden mastered it for a Sunday. Joel Edwards mastered it for a week and hed been at it for 25 years and had never before won a PGA Tour Event, in a runaway no less.
Mike Weir missed the cut at Vancouver last week. That qualifies as a huge disappointment since Weir gets only two chances a year to perform in his home country in PGA Tour events, and also because Vancouver was the site of his PGA breakthrough. It would be nice to see him bounce back this week at The Canadian Open at Royal Montreal. Tigers defending and international French-speaking and lovely Montreal in early September for a national title defense qualifies as a good place to be.

The Tom Lehman debate is interesting. Does Lehman deserve some respect for having taken the U.S. first out of the gates on the happiest Sunday in American golf history when he routed Lee Westwood in the opening singles at Brookline? For being a flag-loving, all-American, God-fearing man perfectly cut out to play in matches like these? Should Curtis have trusted that a player of the stature of Lehman could put his house and game in order in three- or four-weeks' time? Rhetorical questions. Its possible but unlikely that Captain Curtis opted for the bland but effective Verplank and in the process removed a major agent of European agitation in Lehman. Captain Sam Torrance, in the aftermath of the 17th hole controversy at Brookline, seethed at the time and said of Lehman, And he calls himself a man of God. Lehman is not widely liked by the Euros, who see him as perhaps a phony. Get past the Jimmy Stewart modesty and Lehman couldnt give a hoot what they think of him. Lehmans a streetfighter. But whats interesting here is that Curtis in his day was thought to be a streetfighter, a veteran guy you wanted in the foxhole, you couldnt be without. Turned out that Curtis - at least in 1995 when HE was the captains choice of Lanny Wadkins - was the wrong guy. There will be some added pressure on Verplank to deliver on Curtis belief in him. But Ill bet therell come a time when we say, itd be nice to have Tom Lehman right about now.
Olazabal wont be there either, and thats a gaping absence just in terms of what Ollies done for the Euro Ryder Cuppers through the years. He was always a dynamite foursomes and four-ball partner, particularly with Seve. Beginning in 87 at Jacks House - Muirfield in Ohio - the two teamed very successfully. Ollie was 21 back in 87. And though hes weathered, battered by the years, it would have been nice if he had the chance to redeem the collapse against Justin Leonard in 99. But it wont happen. The Euros need to sort out their selection process, find a way to get the best 12. With due respect, Pierre Fulke doesnt belong. Jose does.
I played golf last week with a bunch of friends and brothers, one of whom showed up in a Shingo hat. Naturally, we called him Shingo for the next three days. Shingo became an essence. A mantra. Shingo smiles. Shingo bounces. Shingo enjoys. Shingo plays. Katayama in Atlanta gave us a new golfing fundamental called Shingoism. Next time youre tight on the course, think Shingo. Also, henceforth any play involving smarts and course management is to be known as Tomsmanship. An example would be, He displayed excellent Tomsmanship layin up to the right here, Jimmy!
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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 12:15 pm

Tiger Woods, in search of his 15th career major championship title, started the weekend six off the lead at Carnoustie. We're tracking him in Round 3 of The Open.

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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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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:55 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)

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.