A tale of two waistlines

By Bailey MosierAugust 23, 2011, 8:35 pm

Zack Sucher isn’t the same man he used to be.

In some ways he’s less of a man; in other ways, more.

Standing 6 foot and weighing 200 pounds, he’s defunct 50 pounds that he carried at the start of 2011.

Is Zack Sucher the next weight-loss guru? Does he possess the secret to losing weight that so many of us would pay to be privy to? Hardly. As the way he approaches most things in life, Sucher simply figured he’d give the weight loss thing a try.

“I fluctuate in weight a lot which everyone says isn’t healthy. I just decided I was going to start working out a lot and lose some weight and see what happens,” Sucher said.

What’s happening is Zack runs five miles a day at least four days a week and sprinkles in some weight lifting when he can. This hard work off the course has been paying large dividends both on the course and into his bank account. Thankfully so, because a man void of 50 pounds needs a new wardrobe.

Dressed to impress and feeling healthy, Sucher is now a club and a half longer on all his irons – flying his 9-iron 160 yards and his 5-iron 210 yards.

While a golfer shouldn’t ever complain about gaining yardage, Sucher says his adjustment period was a bit of a struggle.

“I’ve finally adjusted now so I think it’s definitely helping. It hurt me for awhile. In Salt Lake City, for example, I had to adjust to the new yardage and the altitude. I airmailed so many greens that week. I was hitting the ball great, I just didn’t know how far it was going.”

The Salt Lake City event he’s referencing is the Nationwide Tour’s Utah Championship held the last week in July. Sucher got in the event as an alternate and although he didn’t make it to the weekend, he felt his game was on the verge of turning the corner.

“I felt really well in Salt Lake City even though I missed the cut. I felt like I was playing really well there even though I had a terrible back nine (on Friday). ... I felt like I’m getting really close to playing actually good golf right now.”

Since the Nationwide event in Utah, Zack has played in two subsequent Nationwide events – the Price Cutter Charity Championship in Springfield, Miss. (T-32) and the Midwest Classic in Overland Park, Kan. (T-51).

Other than a change in his waistline and an extra 15 yards with his irons, Sucher says there’s something else very different about the only three cuts he’s made in Nationwide events this year.

They’ve all come at events he’s known, beforehand, he was guaranteed to play.

“It’s huge knowing, mentally, being able to prepare Monday and Tuesday getting to the course. They always have the course shut down Wednesday for pro-ams so all the (Nationwide) events I’ve played this year (as a late-entry alternate), I would just have to sit around all day, hit balls and I never got to play any holes,” Sucher said.

As any professional golfer will tell you, knowing you’re qualified for an event versus waiting to see if you get in last-minute require two completely different mindsets.

“I feel like an actual player now which is cool,” Sucher jokes. “I get out there Monday and Tuesday to practice and get to know the course and it’s nice.”

Zack didn’t qualify for this week’s News Sentinel Open in Knoxville, Tenn., but will likely get his next start on the Nationwide Tour at the Mylan Classic the first week in September.

He currently sits 162nd on the Nationwide money list and has raked in $7,643 for the season, not including money he made earlier in the year on the Hooters Tour.

“I’m feeling pretty comfortable. I see mostly the same guys every week and have definitely made a lot of friends out here. It’s kind of nice. It’s pretty similar to the Hooters Tour except it’s more business. The guys are cool,” Sucher said.

Zack’s riding a wave of consistent golf and says he’s setting short-term goals for himself for the rest of the year.

“My goal right now is to play in as many events as I can. If I get in the top 60, I’ll have full status next year. … But my first goal is just to get in all the events and then we’ll go from there.”

Perhaps the less Zack there is, the more we will be seeing of him on the Nationwide Tour.

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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.

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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.