Nostalgia, insight and plenty of Tiger during Arnie's news conference

By Will GrayMarch 19, 2014, 7:00 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Arnold Palmer’s annual chat with the media at Bay Hill is traditionally a treat.

Palmer, one of golf’s greatest champions, has never been shy about offering his opinion about his beloved game, and he didn’t hold back Wednesday.

Should the golf ball be rolled back?

“(M)y opinion is that the golf ball needs to be slowed down. It’s going too far.”

What can be done about slow play?

“What are you going to tell a guy that’s a slow thinker, ‘Hey, you’ve got to start thinking faster’? That’s pretty difficult.”

Did you weight-train during your playing career?

“When I was a young man, lifting weights wasn’t as popular as it’s becoming now. I pushed a lawn mower, and it didn’t have a motor on it. That was one way to get pretty doggone strong."

For nearly 45 minutes, Palmer fielded questions with the grace and charisma that have defined his legacy. It served as a glimpse into the mind of a man who, during the same news conference, can casually mention the many rounds of golf he played alongside President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who left the White House 53 years ago.

But in the wake of Tiger Woods’ withdrawal Tuesday, Palmer’s presser also highlighted another undeniable fact: Time stops for no man.

At age 84, Palmer’s body has slowed. His hearing has faded. He still plays golf, but admitted that he’ll undergo a back operation next month to get “a little more comfortable” while on the course.

His mind and wit are as sharp as ever. In many ways, he remains the same swashbuckling figure who took the game by storm in the 1950s.

More than any other sport, golf has the ability to lengthen the careers of its biggest stars. Players can win on the PGA Tour as teenagers and can win as AARP members. Under the right conditions, tournament golf can be an equalizer of generations.

Even against the greatest players, though, Father Time remains undefeated.

Woods is now 38 years old and caught in the crosshairs of a battle against his body. He’s closer to Champions Tour eligibility than the pinnacle of his career when he held all four major trophies following the 2001 Masters.

While some are ready to write off the man who still tops the world rankings, Palmer was quick to point out that Woods is not at the close of his career.

“I don’t think 38 years is the ultimate stopping point for his quest to do what Jack (Nicklaus) did,” Palmer said.

At the same time, Woods’ injury history – highlighted by back spasms that have led to his withdrawal from two events this month – remains a road block to equaling Nicklaus’ record of 18 major victories, an achievement that once seemed a fait accompli.

“It’s going to be tough,” Palmer said. “It’s going to be tough to keep the concentration and the type of game that is necessary to win majors.”

Much of Woods’ status remains uncertain – from his next start, to his prognosis for the balance of the year, to his ability to claim major No. 15 and beyond. Each development in his plight this season has created more questions than answers.

Will he reach 19?

It’s a question that has been debated for more than a decade, and will continue to be for as long as Woods continues to tee it up.

Wednesday’s audience with Palmer, though, offered a refreshing reminder for golf fans.


Appreciate the opportunity to watch one of the game’s all-time greats. Appreciate that chance to have a front-row seat as he attempts to chase down golf’s most hallowed record.

Appreciate it now ... because Father Time shows no signs of giving up his winning streak.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 2:15 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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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.

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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  

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; or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (

Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (

Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM ( Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (