Thursday, August 17

2017 Solheim Cup: U.S. Rookie Danielle Kang Is Ready to Stripe It


THE 2017 SOLHEIM CUP SWINGS INTO ACTION on Friday in Des Moines, Iowa. The Opening Ceremony is Thursday at 6 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

Judging from the above clip via Instagram, U.S. team member Danielle Kang is ready to play for her country.

Following are the squads.

United States
Captain: Juli Inkster
Paula Creamer
Austin Ernst
Danielle Kang
Cristie Kerr
Brittany Lang
Stacy Lewis
Brittany Lincicome
Gerina Pillar
Lizette Salas
Lexi Thompson
Michelle Wie
Angela Yin

Europe
Captain: Annika Sorenstam
Carlota Ciganda
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
Georgia Hall
Charley Hull
Karine Icher
Caroline Masson
Catriona Matthew
Anna Nordqvist
Florentyna Parker
Emily Pedersen
Mel Reid
Madelene Sagstrom

Wednesday, August 16

Golf on TV: Solheim Cup, Wyndham Championship, Dick's Sporting Goods Open, Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play


From a Golf Channel press release.

ORLANDO, Fla. (August 15, 2017) – The best in the women’s game representing the U.S. and Europe are in Des Moines, Iowa for the biennial Solheim Cup. Juli Inkster and Annika Sorenstam captain the Americans and Europeans respectively in their quest to claim the trophy. This year marks the Solheim Cup’s return to network television for the first time in 15 years, as NBC will broadcast coverage on Saturday and Sunday. The last time the two teams met in 2015, the United States narrowly clinched the victory, 14 ½ - 13 ½, the closest margin in the event’s history. The PGA TOUR will stay in North Carolina this week as players head to Sedgefield Country Club for the Wyndham Championship; the last tournament before the start of the FedExCup Playoffs. Kevin Kisner, who led the PGA Championship going into the final round, and world No. 9 Henrik Stenson headline the field as players look to cement their place inside the Top 125 of the season-long standings. The PGA TOUR Champions head to Upstate New York for the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, as Charles Schwab Cup leader Bernhard Langer looks for his fifth win of the season. Paul Lawrie plays host and competitor this week on the European Tour for the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play in Germany, with a field of 64 vying for the title.

LPGA TOUR

Solheim Cup
Date: August 18-20
Venue: Des Moines Country Club, West Des Moines, Iowa

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         6-7 p.m. (Live, Opening Ceremony)
Friday              9 a.m.-2 p.m. & 4-7 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Channel Digital)Saturday   8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            12:30-4 p.m. (Live)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):
Saturday          4-6 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            4-6 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
U.S. defends: The United States won in 2015 for the first time since 2009, after narrowly defeating Europe in the closet margin in the event’s history.
United States Team: Paula Creamer, Austin Ernst, Danielle Kang, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lang, Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Gerina Pillar, Lizette Salas, Lexi Thompson, Michelle Wie and Angela Yin. Captain: Juli Inkster.
European Team: Carlota Ciganda, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Georgia Hall, Charley Hull, Karine Icher, Caroline Masson, Anna Nordqvist, Florentyna Parker, Emily Pedersen, Suzann Pettersen, Mel Reid and Madelene Sagstrom. Captain: Annika Sorenstam.

PGA TOUR

Wyndham Championship
Dates: August 17-20
Venue: Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, N.C.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         2-6 p.m. (Live) / 8 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)
Friday              2-4 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday          7-10 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday            7-10 p.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Last chance to earn spot in FedEx Cup Playoffs: The Wyndham Championship serves as the final event in which players can earn points to solidify their position within the top 125 of the FedExCup standings to qualify for the Playoffs, beginning next week.
Headlining the field: Henrik Stenson, Jason Dufner, Kevin Kisner, Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, Davis Love III and Chris Stroud.

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

Dick’s Sporting Goods Open
Dates: August 18-20
Venue: En-Joie Golf Club, Endicott, N.Y.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday              7:30-9:30 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Channel Digital)
Saturday          4-6 p.m. (Live) / 1-3 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday            4-6 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast notes:
Goydos defends: Paul Goydos won by two shots over Wes Short Jr.
Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Paul Goydos, John Daly, Corey Pavin, Mark O’Meara, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Kenny Perry and Ian Woosnam.

EUROPEAN TOUR

Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play
Dates: August 17-20
Venue: Bad Griesbach Golf Resort, Bad Griesbach, Germany

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         6:30-8:30 a.m. (Live) / 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)
Friday              6-8 a.m. (Live)
Saturday          5-7 a.m. (Live)
Sunday            5-11 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast notes:
Wall defends: Anthony Wall defeated Alex Noren 1-up last year to capture his second career Tour win, and first in more than 16 years. Wall holds the record for the longest period between victories on the European Tour.
Headlining the field: Nicolas Colsaerts, Thomas Detry, Paul Lawrie, Edoardo Molinari, Richie Ramsey and Anthony Wall.

Monday, August 14

Justin Thomas: 'PGA Definitely Had a Special Place in My Heart'

Graphic courtesy of PGA.com.
















JUSTIN THOMAS BROKE FROM A PACK of contenders to win the 99th PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. The son of a PGA club professional and a close friend of three-time major winner Jordan Spieth, Thomas shot a closing 68 to claim his first major victory.

"[T]he PGA definitely had a special place in my heart," Thomas said, "and maybe a special drive. It's just a great win for the family, and it’'s a moment we'll never forget — all of us."

Francesco Molinari, Patrick Reed and Louis Oosthuizen finished in a tie for second. Third-round leader Kevin Kisner (74), who held at least a share of the lead for much of Sunday, faltered on the incoming nine and tied for seventh. World No. 3 Hideki Matsuyama also stumbled to the clubhouse, finishing with a 72 that landed him in fifth.

Thanks to clutch shot making, a warm putter and a timely break or two, Thomas separated himself on the incoming nine and survived the Green Mile to fulfill his dream of winning that first major. One of the first people to congratulate him when he walked off the 18th green was his pal since boyhood.

"So awesome, dude," said Spieth.

Saturday, August 12

VIDEO: 94-Year-Old Golf Legend Jackie Burke Jr. on 'Feherty'



ABOVE AND BELOW ARE CLIPS of Jackie Burke Jr., who was on 'Feherty' this past week. Can you believe this man is 94?

In the above sequence, Burke talks about the golf swing and hits a few balls. Below, he tells David Feherty about playing the tour in the 1950s when everyone held a club pro job. (There was very little money on the circuit.) If you did well at tournaments, you could get your name in the New York Times, Burke explained. Lessons would then pick up and increase your earnings.

Burke won 16 times on the PGA Tour, including the Masters and PGA Championship in 1956. He was also a Ryder Cup player (7-1-0) and captain.

Thursday, August 10

2017 PGA Championship TV Schedule and Live Streaming Coverage

THE 2017 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP IS UNDERWAY at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. Jimmy Walker is the defending champion. Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and last week's winner, Hideki Matsuyama, are favorites. The field of 156 tour and club professionals are playing for the Wanamaker Trophy and much more.

Here's how to watch the men's final major championship of the year.

TV SCHEDULE

All times are Eastern.

Thursday, 8/10
TNT: 1 – 7 p.m.

Featured Group 1 (Turner)
8:25 a.m. Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth
1:35 p.m. Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Rickie Fowler

Featured Group 2 (CBS)
8:35 a.m. Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson
1:25 p.m. Jimmy Walker, Phil Mickelson and Jason Dufner

Friday, 8/11
TNT 1 – 7 p.m.

Saturday, 8/12
TNT: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
CBS: 2 - 7 p.m.

Sunday, 8/13
TNT: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
CBS: 2 - 7 p.m.

LIVE STREAMING COVERAGE

Live streaming coverage begins at 8 a.m. ET on Thursday and Friday and will continue through the second round on Friday. You can also watch video highlights at PGAChampionship.com

Tuesday, August 8

2017 PGA Championship First Round Tee Times

FOLLOWING ARE THURSDAY TEE TIMES for the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club.

All times ET.
Tee No. 1
7:20 a.m. — Grayson Murray, Rich Berberian Jr., Peter Uihlein
7:30 a.m. — Adam Rainaud, Tony Finau, Fabrizio Zanotti
7:40 a.m. — Younghan Song, Dave McNabb, Charles Howell III
7:50 a.m. — Sung Kang, Wesley Bryan, Dylan Frittelli
8 a.m. — William McGirt, Francesco Molinari, Jim Herman
8:10 a.m. — Gary Woodland, Andy Sullivan, Kyle Stanley
8:20 a.m. — Rich Beem, Vijay Singh, John Daly
8:30 a.m. — Louis Oosthuizen, Danny Willett, J.B. Holmes
8:40 a.m. — Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele, Rod Pampling
8:50 a.m. — Thorbjorn Olesen, Brendan Steele, Hudson Swafford
9 a.m. — Cameron Smith, Bernd Wiesberger, Brandon Stone
9:10 a.m. — K.T. Kim, Greg Gregory, James Hahn
9:20 a.m. — Richard Sterne, Ryan Vermeer, Chris Stroud
12:35 p.m. — Lucas Glover, Matt Dobyns, Hideto Tanihara
12:45 p.m. — Mike Small, Jason Kokrak, Satoshi Kodaira
12:55 p.m. — Thomas Bjorn, Branden Grace, Pat Perez
1:05 p.m. — Adam Scott, Luke Donald, Webb Simpson
1:15 p.m. — Billy Horschel, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Si Woo Kim
1:25 p.m. — Jimmy Walker, Phil Mickelson, Jason Dufner
1:35 p.m. — Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler
1:45 p.m. — Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker
1:55 p.m. — Daniel Berger, Jim Furyk, Kevin Kisner
2:05 p.m. — Ross Fisher, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Ryan Moore
2:15 p.m. — Jhonattan Vegas, Bryson DeChambeau, Jordan Smith
2:25 p.m. — Alex Beach, Sean O'Hair, Kevin Na
2:35 p.m. — Chris Moody, Luke List, Jamie Lovemark
Tee No. 10
7:25 a.m. — Shane Lowry, Stuart Deane, Pablo Larrazabal

7:35 a.m. — Alex Noren, Scott Herbert, Russell Knox
7:45 a.m. — Hideki Matsuyama, Ernie Els, Ian Poulter
7:55 a.m. — Daniel Summerhays, Robert Streb, Chris Wood
8:05 a.m. — Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed
8:15 a.m. — Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel, Paul Casey

8:25 a.m. — Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth
8:35 a.m. — Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson
8:45 a.m. — Padraig Harrington, Keegan Bradley, Davis Love III
8:55 a.m. — Zach Johnson, Lee Westwood, Charley Hoffman
9:05 a.m. — David Lingmerth, Scott Brown, Nicolas Colsaerts
9:15 a.m. — Scott Hend, Kenny Pigman, Andrew Johnston
9:25 a.m. — Kelly Kraft, Brian Smock, Patrick Rodgers
12:30 p.m. — David Muttitt, Bud Cauley, Graham DeLaet
12:40 p.m. — Rod Perry, Yuta Ikeda, Emiliano Grillo
12:50 p.m. — Joost Luiten, Paul Claxton, Russell Henley
1 p.m. — Patrick Cantlay, Thongchai Jaidee, Soren Kjeldsen
1:10 p.m. — Omar Uresti, Y.E. Yang, Shaun Micheel
1:20 p.m. — Danny Lee, Marc Leishman, Anirban Lahiri
1:30 p.m. — Byeong Hun An, Kevin Chappell, Mackenzie Hughes
1:40 p.m. — Jonas Blixt, Steve Stricker, Brian Harman
1:50 p.m. — D.A. Points, Tyrrell Hatton, Adam Hadwin
2 p.m. — Martin Laird, Bill Haas, Graeme McDowell
2:10 p.m. — Jeunghun Wang, Alexander Levy, Jamie Broce
2:20 p.m. — JJ Wood, Ryan Fox, Haotong Li
2:30 p.m. — Jaysen Hansen, Cody Gribble, Chez Reavie

Sunday, August 6

Hideki Matsuyama Fires 61 at Firestone to Win WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Kim Claims Women's British Open



HIDEKI MATSUYAMA HASN'T WON A MAJOR, but it seems as if it's just a matter of time for the No. 3 ranked golfer in the world.

The Japanese star rallied to win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday (his third victory this season) by putting together a record-tying 61 on Firestone Country Club. The blistering round included birdies on the final three holes. Zach Johnson was a distant second, five shots off the pace.

Matsuyama has now won two World Golf Championships. He bagged the HSBC Champions last fall, also a blowout, him winning by seven strokes.

But the 25-year-old PGA Tour player didn't see a 61 at Firestone, or another title, especially after a final-round warm-up session that left him wondering about the direction of the golf ball.

"[M]y expectations really at the beginning of this week weren't that high ... and here we are," Matsuyama said.

The PGA Championship begins at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte on Thursday.

"I haven't won a major yet," Matsuyama added. "I have a lot of work left to do. But that's not to say that I don't have confidence."

Kim Wins Women's British Open

I.K. Kim took a 6-shot lead into the final round of the Women's British Open at Kingsbarns Links in St. Andrews, Scotland, and held on to claim her first major championship title.

''I cannot describe my feelings,'' Kim said after a final-round 71 produced a two-shot victory. ''I just tried to have some fun, but it wasn't fun on the back nine.''

Friday, August 4

VIDEO: Jordan Spieth: 'I'm Gonna Try Something Stupid Here'


DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME. Why? Because you're not Jordan Spieth.

Even Jordan Spieth questioned his own intelligence. But he went ahead with the shot, telling caddie Michael Greller, "Put the bag over there and just watch, OK?"

This must be why it's hard to talk players out of a shot if you're Greller or Bones, Phil's former bag man. They're capable of anything. And they know it.

Spieth shot an opening 67 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Wednesday, August 2

Q&A: Preview of Quail Hollow Club, Site of 2017 PGA Championship



This edited report is courtesy of Marc Whitney at the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA).

Tom Marzolf (Fazio Golf Course Designers, Inc.) and Senior Design Associate Blake Bickford responded to questions via Twitter on July 26, discussing Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina, host to the 2017 PGA Championship that begins next week.

Here's an edited version of their chat with golf fans.

Q: Can you talk about the rich history and design of Quail Hollow Club?

A: George Cobb, ASGCA, designed course which first opened in 1961. We still use the same fairway corridors today. Though the greens are certainly larger.

Q: Quail Hollow opened in 1961. When did Fazio Golf Course Designers first work on the golf course?

A: The first visit was in 1993, the initial steps in preparation for a 1996 renovation. That renovation impacted about 25% of course. For example, the 9th green was within 30' of clubhouse; that's valuable real estate! So, we moved the golf away a bit from the clubhouse.

Q: Were any additional specific updates made to Quail Hollow after the PGA Championship was awarded to the club?

A: The Master Plan that was implemented years ago at the course is still in use. Over time, there have been updates to the greens, grasses, bunkers, etc. in 2016 there was a redesign of four holes following the PGA Tour event; Bermuda grass was planted on greens and bunker sand was replaced.

Q: Does that means golfers will compete on a dramatically different course than before?

A: Yes, certainly on the front 9. Hole No. 1 was lengthened by 100 yards; No. 2 was removed completely and the course routing greatly improved.

Q: Is there a signature hole at Quail Hollow Club?

A: The final several holes are known as the "Green Mile." It is a tough way to finish. No. 18 has a number of fairway angles, bunker on the right is in play, as is the creek on the left.

Q: "Firm and fast" greens is the case at recent majors. Will this be the case at Quail Hollow?

A: Champion Bermuda grass will keep the greens firm and fast. Originally, the course was planted with 328 Bermuda; now we use 419 Bermuda.

Q: If I'm watching the PGA Championship from home, what should I focus on to better enjoy the tournament?

A: Quail Hollow has great character, with undulations throughout the course, leading to variety of shots. Water on both the front and back 9 makes the entire course a challenge. Every golfer in the field has the ability to shoot low scores one day at Quail Hollow, but they might stall out on other days.

Q: What is the future for Quail Hollow beyond the PGA Championship?

A: The PGA Tour returns with the Wells Fargo Championship in 2018. And in 2021, Quail Hollow will host the Presidents Cup.

Q: No pressure on you gentlemen to predict the winning score, but Ron Whitten (one of the golf course architects at Erin Hills) called the U.S. Open score on the number!

A: The PGA sets up scoring for their championship. Traditionally -10 or -12 would be a good score.

Q: Any other holes of interest for the TV viewers?

A: No. 14 could be set up as a driveable par 4. Water is in play to varying degrees on Holes 14-18; which should make it dramatic for the players and fin to watch for viewers.

Q: Any additional thoughts on the PGA Championship?

A: Tom Fazio has a long-term relationship with the PGA; his courses have hosted three of the past 12 PGA Championships.

Thursday, July 27

Golf on TV: The Senior Open, RBC Canadian Open, Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, Porsche European Championship



From a Golf Channel press release.

ORLANDO, Fla. (July 25, 2017) – Bernhard Langer – all-time leader in senior major championship victories – will look to capture his third title in 2017 this week in Wales at The Senior Open presented by Rolex. The PGA TOUR heads north for the RBC Canadian Open, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and last week’s runner-up at The Open – Matt Kuchar – headlining the field. The LPGA and Ladies European Tours will combine to host the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, which is being contested at Dundonald Links, the same venue which staged the men’s edition of the event two weeks ago. The European Tour is in Germany for the Porsche European Open, with Americans Patrick Reed and Jimmy Walker scheduled to compete.

R&A

The Senior Open presented by Rolex
Dates: July 27-30
Venue: Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, Bridgend, Wales

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         7-9:30 a.m. (Live) / 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (Live)         
Friday              7-9:30 a.m. (Live) / 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (Live)
Saturday          9:30 a.m.-Noon (Live)
Sunday            9:30 a.m.-Noon (Live)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):
Saturday          Noon-2 p.m. (Live)
Sunday:           Noon-2 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Broadhust defends: Paul Broadhurst won last year’s event at Carnoustie by two strokes over Scott McCarron.
Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, Miguel Angel Jimemez, Colin Montgomerie, Scott McCarron, Nick Faldo, Tom Watson and John Daly.

PGA TOUR

RBC Canadian Open
Dates: July 27-30
Venue: Glen Abbey Golf Club, Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         3-6 p.m. (Live) / 7-10 p.m. (Replay)
Friday              3-6 p.m. (Live) / 7-10 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday          1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 7-10 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday            1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 7-10 p.m. (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on CBS (Eastern):
Saturday          3-6 p.m.
Sunday            3-6 p.m.

Broadcast Notes:
Vegas defends: Jhonattan Vegas won last year by one shot over Jon Rahm.
Headlining the field: Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson, Vijay Singh, Brandt Snedeker, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els and Adam Hadwin.

LPGA TOUR

Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open
Dates: July 27-30
Venue: Dundonald Links, North Ayrshire, Scotland

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         9:30-11:30 a.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-1 a.m. (Replay)
Friday              9:30-11:30 a.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-1 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday          3-6 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Sunday            3-6 p.m. (Tape Delay)

Broadcast Notes:
Familiar venue for golf viewers: Dundonald Links hosted the European Tour’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open two weeks ago which was won by Rafa Cabrera-Bello.
Headlining the field: Lydia Ko, Ariya Jutanugarn, Inbee Park, Suzann Pettersen, Michelle Wie, Shanshan Feng, Stacy Lewis and Karrie Webb.

EUROPEAN TOUR

Porsche European Championship
Dates: July 27-30
Venue: Green Eagle Golf Course, Hamburg, Germany

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         5-7 a.m. (Live)
Friday              5-7 a.m. (Live)
Sunday            2-6 a.m. (Tape Delay)
Monday           2-6 a.m. (Tape Delay)

Broadcast Notes:
Headlining the field: Patrick Reed, Jimmy Walker, Charl Schwartzel, Jamie Donaldson and Matteo Manassero.

Wednesday, July 26

VIDEO: Jack Nicklaus Plays Hockey at RBC Canadian Open


WEARING THE WHITE JERSEY WITH RED TRIM, No. 17, Jack Nicklaus!

At some point during the proceedings, Jack remarked, "I'm not sure if 17 [is meant to be] the year of if they got the total wrong." (As in his total major victories, which is 18.)

Tuesday, July 25

2017 Open: Jordan Spieth's Final Round Clubs, Yardages, Putts and Scoring

JORDAN SPIETH PLAYED A ROLLER COASTER final round at the 2017 Open Championship that is among the most memorable in the British Isles, where golf has reigned for centuries.

Spieth's 69 was a dramatic tale of losing his game, and then finding it again on the incoming nine of Royal Birkdale Golf Club. His 5-under surge on the last five holes is unrivaled in the history of closing out majors.

With 11 PGA Tour wins including three major championships within three days of his 24th birthday, Spieth is in the conversation with all-time greats Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. He will try to deflect those comparisons. Good luck with that.

(H/T Geoff Shackelford)

Sunday, July 23

Jordan Spieth 'Flipped Switch' for Stunning Finish and Victory at 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale Golf Club



JORDAN SPIETH IS THE CHAMPION GOLFER of the year. But how Spieth closed out his first Open Championship to get his named etched on the Claret Jug almost defies explanation.

Spieth fired a 69 on Sunday to win by 3 strokes over runner-up Matt Kuchar, who also put together a 69 and played well enough to grab his first major championship had it not been for Spieth's late heroics at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England.

"More difficult than it probably even looked," Spieth told Golf Channel's Steve Sands, "and it probably looked pretty difficult."

Spieth was 3 over for his round after 12 holes and not playing inspired golf. Tied with Kuchar at 8 under on the 13th tee, he launched his drive farther right than Steve Bannon.

"On that shot," Spieth said, "you are trying to miss the fairway to the right because if I hit the fairway it is most likely going to go in the bunker. It is just an unusual circumstance. It hit a guy in the head and went on the other side of the mound that I didn't even know was there. After I hit that tee ball I'm sitting there thinking I was making six."

Thus began a 30-minute odyssey to finish play on the par-4 13th hole.

"I took my time to figure out where the best location was when I very easily could have gone back and re-teed," Spieth continued. "I felt really bad about the amount of time that took, especially in this situation for Matt. I went up and apologized and said, 'Hey look, I was just trying to get to the location I thought was best for me to make the best score I could.' I sincerely apologized for the amount of time this just took because he was just sitting on the bag. There is nothing I could have done, and he told me that, but it is still tough in that situation. That [bogey] was massive. I was able to go on the driving range, be able to get it up near the green and make a five, when I was staring at six or seven in the throat and out of the tournament."

Golf Channel analyst Frank Nobilo may have summed up best what happened on that strange hole.

"He and Greller took the boat into the middle of the storm, and 20 minutes later they came out calm. And what happened after that was simply amazing. I've never seen a player turn it around in that situation that quick."

Actually, what happened after that was unlike any finish to a major championship in recent history, or probably ever.

Spieth played the next four holes in 5-under par: birdie at 14, eagle at 15, birdie at 16, birdie at 17. A par at the last and Spieth became the youngest player since Jack Nicklaus to win three legs of golf's Grand Slam.

"This was a completely flipped switch where I start just horribly and then all of a sudden you are playing a new tournament," Spieth added.

"Boy, I really don’t know how we got the job done. I credit [my caddie Michael Greller] a lot. I showed a lot of resilience myself to be able to get some of those putts to go in when I just didn't feel like it was working today."

Spieth, who has now won the Masters, U.S. Open and Open Championship, will soon have a chance to complete the career Grand Slam. The PGA Championship tees off at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, on August 10.

Thursday, July 20

2017 Open Championship TV Schedule and Broadcast Notes

From a Golf Channel press release.

ORLANDO, Fla. (July 18, 2017) – The 146th Open began today, Thursday, and NBC Sports Group will provide 49.5 hours of live coverage from Royal Birkdale. NBC Sports additionally will offer several ancillary digital feeds to complement its linear broadcast, including: Marquee Group, Featured Holes (12, 13, 14) and The Open Spotlight, which will include coverage of the 1st and 18th holes, along with look-ins at players on the driving range, press center interviews and highlights. Golf Channel and NBC Sports digital platforms also will provide fans will full round replays, made available within the NBC Sports and Golf Channel Apps immediately following live coverage. NBC Universo will feature Spanish-Language coverage of The Open for the final round on Sunday, with coverage airing from Noon-2 p.m. ET.

THE R&A

The 146th Open
Dates: July 20-23
Venue: Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, England

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         1:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)
Friday              1:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay)      
Saturday          4:30-7 a.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday            4-7 a.m. (Live) / Midnight-4 a.m. (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):
Saturday          7 a.m.-3 p.m. (Live)
Sunday:           7 a.m.-2 p.m. (Live)

NBC Sports Group Broadcast Team:
Host: Mike Tirico (Saturday-Sunday)
Play by Play: Dan Hicks, Terry Gannon, Mike Tirico (Thursday-Friday)
Analyst: Johnny Miller, Nick Faldo, Justin Leonard, Colin Montgomerie
Tower: Gary Koch, Peter Jacobsen, Frank Nobilo, Steve Sands, Curt Byrum, Tom Abbott
On-Course: Jim Mackay, Roger Maltbie, David Feherty, Mark Rolfing, Notah Begay, Billy Ray Brown, Jerry Foltz
Interviews: Steve Sands, Todd Lewis, Jimmy Roberts

NBC Sports Digital Complementary Feeds to the Broadcast
NBC Sports Group will offer several ancillary digital feeds to complement its linear broadcast, including: Marquee Group, Featured Holes (12, 13, 14) and The Open Spotlight, which will include coverage of the 1st and 18th holes, along with look-ins at players on the driving range, press center interviews and highlights. Digital coverage will include Golf Channel hosts Ryan Burr, Cara Robinson and Damon Hack, along with analysts Justin Leonard, Colin Montgomerie, Curt Byrum, Tom Abbott, Billy Ray Brown, Jerry Foltz, John Cook, Trevor Immelman and Billy Kratzert.

Golf Channel and NBC Sports digital platforms also will provide fans will full round replays, made available within the NBC Sports and Golf Channel Apps immediately following live coverage.

DirecTV to Simulcast Live Broadcast, Ancillary Feeds
DirecTV will simulcast the live tournament broadcast on Golf Channel / NBC throughout the tournament via their Mosaic, which also will include the feed from the Marquee Group, Featured Holes and The Open Spotlight. Other offerings on the Mosaic include an expanded leaderboard function, detailed player scorecards, and an ability to create a “favorites” list top the Mosaic leaderboard. The Mosaic Channel and interactive menu will be available to DirecTV subscribers during broadcast hours all four days,Thursday-Sunday.

NBC Universo to Air Sunday’s Final Round with Spanish-Language Coverage
NBC Universo will feature Spanish-Language coverage of The Open for the final round on Sunday, with coverage airing from Noon-2 p.m. ET. Coverage will feature Edgar Lopez (play-by-play) and Miguel Gurwitz (analyst) during the closing stretch of the Championship.

Wednesday, July 19

VIDEO: Men in Blazers Meet Royal Birkdale's Stanley Matthews, 'the Michelangelo of Bunkers'



THERE ARE 123 BUNKERS AT ROYAL BIRKDALE, site of this week's Open Championship. And no one knows them better than Stanley Matthews, who is known as a "master bunker raker." Matthews has also been called "the Michelangelo of bunkers." Yes.

What is Stanley's advice to the youth of America, those who might want to follow in his footsteps (or rake marks)?

"Get up early. Work hard. And do your best."

Hear, hear!

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Tuesday, July 18

Open Championship Odds: Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth Favored at 14/1, Followed by Fowler, Rahm, Garcia, McIlroy, Matsuyama and Rose

HERE ARE THE CURRENT ODDS for the 2017 Open Championship that tees off on Thursday at Royal Birkdale. The odds are courtesy of Bovada.

(NOTE: Red means odds are now longer; blue means odds are now shorter. Black indicates no change.)

                                               6/19/17             Current Odds (7/18/17)
Dustin Johnson                         8/1                    14/1
Jordan Spieth                           12/1                  14/1
Rickie Fowler                            16/1                  16/1
Jon Rahm                                 22/1                  16/1
Sergio Garcia                            16/1                  18/1
Rory McIlroy                             10/1                  20/1
Hideki Matsuyama                     20/1                  20/1
Justin Rose                               22/1                  20/1
Tommy Fleetwood                     33/1                  22/1
Henrik Stenson                          18/1                  25/1
Adam Scott                              28/1                  28/1
Paul Casey                               40/1                  33/1
Jason Day                                14/1                  33/1
Brooks Koepka                         25/1                  33/1
Phil Mickelson                           33/1                  40/1
Alexander Noren                        33/1                  40/1
Branden Grace                          40/1                  45/1
Louis Oosthuizen                       50/1                  45/1
Matt Kuchar                              66/1                  50/1
Marc Leishman                          66/1                  50/1
Thomas Pieters                         33/1                  50/1
Justin Thomas                           33/1                  50/1
Rafael Cabrera Bello                  80/1                  55/1
Padraig Harrington                    150/1                55/1
Patrick Reed                             66/1                  55/1
Shane Lowry                             66/1                  66/1
Ian Poulter                                90/1                  66/1
Charl Schwartzel                        66/1                  66/1
Brandt Snedeker                       66/1                  66/1
Lee Westwood                          50/1                  66/1
Daniel Berger                            100/1                75/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick                    66/1                  75/1
Ross Fisher                              125/1                80/1
Tyrrell Hatton                             50/1                  80/1
Zach Johnson                           66/1                  80/1
Martin Kaymer                           66/1                  80/1
Francesco Molinari                    90/1                  80/1
Andy Sullivan                            100/1                80/1
Kevin Kisner                              125/1                100/1
Steve Stricker                           150/1                100/1
Bernd Wiesberger                      80/1                  100/1
Chris Wood                               80/1                  100/1
Byeong-Hun AN                        125/1                125/1
Bryson DeChambeau                 Off the Board    125/1
Jason Dufner                            150/1                125/1
Tony Finau                                150/1                125/1
Bill Haas                                   Off the Board    125/1
Brian Harman                            Off the Board    125/1
Russell Henley                          Off the Board    125/1
Charley Hoffman                       100/1                125/1
J.B. Holmes                              100/1                125/1
Soren Kjeldsen                          150/1                125/1
Thorbjorn Olesen                       175/1                125/1
Peter Uihlein                              Off the Board    125/1
Kevin Chappell                          150/1                150/1
Ryan Fox                                  Off the Board    150/1
Emiliano Grillo                           100/1                150/1
Charles Howell III                       Off the Board    150/1
Si Woo Kim                              Off the Board    150/1
Martin Laird                               Off the Board    150/1
Webb Simpson                         200/1                150/1
Kyle Stanley                              Off the Board    150/1
Brendan Steele                          Off the Board    150/1
Hideto Tanihara                         Off the Board    150/1
Jimmy Walker                           100/1                150/1
Bubba Watson                          80/1                  150/1
Adam Hadwin                            Off the Board    175/1
Billy Horschel                            Off the Board    175/1
Russell Knox                             Off the Board    175/1
Joost Luiten                              200/1                175/1
Richie Ramsay                          Off the Board    175/1
Xander Schauffele                     Off the Board    175/1
Anirban Lahiri                            Off the Board    200/1
Alexander Levy                         Off the Board    200/1
Jamie Lovemark                        Off the Board    200/1
Ryan Moore                              150/1                200/1
Pat Perez                                  Off the Board    200/1
Callum Shinkwin                        Off the Board    200/1
Cameron Smith                         200/1                200/1
Gary Woodland                         150/1                200/1