Alongside Timberlake, Rose shines in first AT&T

By Will GrayFebruary 12, 2016, 1:12 am

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – The path from the 18th green at Spyglass Hill to the parking lot behind the clubhouse is about 100 yards, a circuitous route that this week is lined with plenty of star-struck fans.

By the time he reached the end of that winding trail Thursday, Justin Timberlake still had chants of “Justin!” and selfie requests ringing in his ear.

It’s nothing new for Timberlake, but this particular afternoon the standard roles of star and fan were reversed. It was Timberlake, the all-world entertainer with more than 51 million Twitter followers, who couldn’t get his mind off the golfing spectacle he had just witnessed.

“Did you see that? That dude just shot a 66,” Timberlake said. “What a stud!”

The stud in question was none other than Justin Rose, Timberlake’s partner at this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. A strong opening round for a world-class player, sure, but it was even more remarkable considering that Rose has never been to Pebble Beach before.

Like, ever.

As a 35-year-old U.S. Open champ, a professional golfer for nearly two decades, Rose has never before played in this event, and he hadn’t set foot on Pebble’s hallowed ground until Wednesday’s practice round.

He hadn’t even been here for the 2010 U.S. Open, when he famously won the Memorial just weeks prior but still didn’t qualify.

“I feel like me and Pebble just haven’t quite gelled yet,” Rose said.


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So far, that gelling process is off to a pretty decent start.

Rose capped his opener with a 50-foot birdie bomb on his final hole, a putt that briefly turned the brunt of the attention back to the seven-time PGA Tour winner rather than his more popular partner.

It was Timberlake, after all, who even got Rose to this event in the first place. The friendship between the two has flourished in the Bahamas – Timberlake’s wife, actress Jessica Biel, followed part of the round in a camouflage hat from the Albany Club where Rose calls home. Rose, though, recalled that the two first met while he was still living at Lake Nona in Florida.

“I think it started off with me introducing myself to him,” Rose said. “The second time I met him, he absolutely remembered that meeting and, hey, it’s all gone from there.”

This week’s event presents a unique dynamic as celebrities collide with golfers on their home turf. It’s one that Rose has opted to embrace, understanding that a majority of the calls for “Justin!” are directed at his playing partner – arguably the biggest name in the amateur field.

“I was getting probably a 10-to-1 ratio to Justin,” Rose recalled. “Just depends on how you want to view them. I said earlier in the week that I was going to feed off that energy and own those ‘Justin’ shots.”

It sounds like a novel plan, but even Rose was taken aback by the crowd reaction a few times during the round. Timberlake took center stage behind the 16th tee when he played an impromptu song using a guitar furnished by one of the neighboring houses, and the crowd had turned decidedly younger by the time the group reached their final hole early in the afternoon.

“The 17th (green) to the 18th (tee) is quite a steep climb, and I’ve never seen a demographic like that on a golf course, where you’re sort of running the gauntlet from one tee to the other,” Rose said. “Everyone was under 21 and 80 percent female. I said ‘OK, that moved the needle a little bit there.’”

Often placid and reserved inside the ropes, Rose seems plenty comfortable this week amid an environment that can be an acquired taste. Making just his second start of the year, he is well-rested and more importantly swinging free – a trend that coach Sean Foley hopes will continue.

“He’s been working with me and Jason Goldsmith on really trying to get to where he frees it up and trusts his instincts more than his technique,” Foley explained. “I think that if he can do that well, that’s that next level.”

Those sentiments were echoed by Foley’s pupil after an opener that included seven birdies and put Rose just two shots off the early pace, having knocked the hardest course of the rotation off his list.

“I’ve been working pretty hard on my game, especially early in this week,” Rose said. “It still hasn’t clicked, I still don’t feel 100 percent comfortable, and I had to remind myself before I played today that I’m out here to have fun as well. And I think that that little sort of mental adjustment helped free me up and play a better round.”

Rarely do PGA Tour pros play a competitive round on a course they haven’t seen before, but such was the case for Rose at Spyglass Hill. He played practice rounds earlier in the week at both Pebble Beach and Monterey Peninsula, but only had a chance to walk a few holes at Spyglass with his caddie to ascertain sight lines.

So much for that theory that course knowledge is a requirement.

“Sometimes, who knows, this can be an advantage,” Foley said. “It’s like you’ve never hit a bad shot on the course. You’ve never made double on that one hole two years ago that you still remember.”

It may have taken him a while to reach this famed patch of California coast, but Rose now feels right at home. Should this level of play continue, there’s even a chance that a few of those “Justin” chants will be meant for him before it’s all said and done.

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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.