Wednesday, November 30

Hero World Challenge: Golf, The Bahamas and a Generous Purse

YOU AND I WOULD BE GUARANTEED a top-20 finish and a hefty check if we teed off in the Hero World Challenge, which starts tomorrow at the Albany Resort in the Bahamas. The tournament benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation.

That's because this silly season event has an 18-player field. So dead last would be 18th place, some good bank and perhaps some world ranking points. Plus a trip to the Bahamas.

I'll just dream on.

Despite the small field, there are several marquee players showing up at Albany, including six of the top 10 and 16 of the top 30 in the world rankings. Not to mention three of the four major winners in 2016. They include Dustin Johnson (No. 3), Henrik Stenson (No. 4), Jordan Spieth (No. 5), Hideki Matsuyama (No. 6), Patrick Reed (No. 8) and Bubba Watson (No. 10).

Watson is the defending champion. Patrick Reed was the runner-up. The 2015 purse was $3.5 million with a million going to the winner.

This year, oddsmakers like Johnson (5/1) and Spieth (6/1).

Here's the 18-man field:

Tiger Woods
Dustin Johnson
Henrik Stenson
Jordan Spieth
Hideki Matsuyama
Bubba Watson
Rickie Fowler
Patrick Reed
Justin Rose
Emiliano Grillo
J.B. Holmes
Zach Johnson
Russell Knox
Brooks Koepka
Matt Kuchar
Louis Oosthuizen
Brandt Snedeker
Jimmy Walker

Tuesday, November 29

Tiger Woods Press Conference Bingo


THE TIGER WOODS MEDIA TSUNAMI has begun. Take cover.

And I apologize for my small part in it, but I saw this bingo card and could not resist sharing it with you. Sorry not sorry.

Monday, November 28

Brown Golf Courses and Tiger's Return

I'M GLAD TO BE BACK from Thanksgiving and back to this blog. I've had some technical problems here, but I'll hopefully get those resolved this week.

I was traveling through the Shenandoah Valley over the Thanksgiving holiday, including around Charlottesville, and I spotted a handful of golf courses near the highway. Some of them (or maybe most of them) were a shade of brown or beige, since their fairways are now dormant until next spring.

This made me wonder about less than pristine golf course conditions and aesthetics. Does it bother you? Or does it make no difference? Do you play on brown golf courses in the winter or at other times?

The courses I saw looked as if they had plenty of grass; it just wasn't green.

From the time I started at age 12, I've played on a lot of humble golf courses with varying conditions. I know dirt and I know hardpan. I've seen it all, played on it all. Nothing bothers me.

Tiger is itching to play.

Tiger Woods will finally scratch that itch with yet another long-awaited comeback this week at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. I've lost track of the number of Tiger comebacks.

Some in the media are billing this comeback as highly anticipated, but I'm beyond that at this point. I view Tiger with curiosity, nothing more. That could change (for me), especially if Tiger regains his form and puts himself in contention again.

For now, I'm in wait-and-see mode. Golf has been doing pretty well without him.

P.S. The brown courses reminded me of a Rodney Dangerfield joke. Rodney told his dentist that his teeth were turning yellow. His dentist told him to wear a brown necktie.

Wednesday, November 23

VIDEO: Revenge of the Birds on Golf Courses

As Thanksgiving turkeys are enjoyed by millions this week, take a look at instances of birds attacking players on the golf course.

WATCH HERE

Tuesday, November 22

Birdieable Interviews The Congress, a Rock Band (and Golf Fanatics)



Rob West is an avid golfer with a golf blog called Birdieable. Rob recently interviewed The Congress, a Virginia-based rock band with two members who are golf fanatics.

By Rob West

Copyright © Rob West. Used with permission.

EVERY NOW AND THEN I GET to do something a little out of the ordinary. Interviewing an uber-cool rock band is just one of those occasions, especially when two of the members are golf fanatics like me.

Jonathan Meadows (golfer), Chris Speasmaker (golfer), Scott Lane and Raphael Katchinoff make up the four-piece band who have just released a new album, The Game, which you can get here.

Here's how my interview went with the guys.

BIRDIEABLE: OK, So, Chris you are the keyboard player and Jonathan you are bass guitar. How did you get into golf and are you any good?

THE CONGRESS: We both started playing with our dads growing up. My Dad and I looked at golf more as a reason to hang out in high school and the quality of play was pretty pathetic. It wasn't until I moved to Denver seven years ago when I started playing once a week. One of the perks of being a musician is being able to get on the course during the week when it's cheap and wide open. Are we good? Hmm. Given that this is being read by mainly avid golfers, I have to say no. Amongst my friends, I'd say I'm OK. I shoot mid 80s on a good day. Jon is shooting low/mid 90s.

BIRDIEABLE: If you could organize the perfect fourball, who would be in it, and where would you be playing?

THE CONGRESS: Great question. 1. Jordan Speith 2. Dustin Johnson. I would want two pros so I can get some pointers and watch them kill it. Jordan and DJ just seem like good dudes while also being at the top of their game. Watching DJ's long ball and Jordan's short game would be pretty spectacular in person. No. 3.? Bill Murray – purely for entertainment purposes. Charles Barkley would be an alternate. Course… Pebble Beach. I would likely need 20 balls to get through the round but the views there are surreal.

BIRDIEABLE: What’s your best score, and where did you record it?

THE CONGRESS: 79. Willis Case in Denver, Colorado. Full disclosure – it's a par 70.

BIRDIEABLE: Ever signed for a five when it should have been a six?

THE CONGRESS: Any amateur that says they haven't done that is a liar.

BIRDIEABLE: You guys are from Virginia. Are there any decent tracks (and I mean golf courses not songs), in your home state?

THE CONGRESS: Virginia has tons of beautiful courses. The nicest one I've played is Farmington CC in Charlottesville. It's very well maintained with lots of elevation. I've heard that Colonial Heritage in Williamsburg takes the cake. I'd love to get out there sometime.

BIRDIEABLE: Everyone has a memorable shot. What's yours and where was it?

THE CONGRESS: I had a Bubba moment when we were playing on tour in Jackson, Mississippi. I had a terrible lie with a huge oak tree in my line 160 or so yards out. I was actually playing with Jon at the time and gave him the classic "watch this." I pulled out the 4 iron, wrapped it around the tree and rolled it 15 ft from the pin. It felt good.

BIRDIEABLE: Anyone had a hole in one?

THE CONGRESS: No hole in one yet. Closest I came was during that same round with Jon and I was six inches short. One day though.

BIRDIEABLE: Who do you admire most in the golfing world?

THE CONGRESS: I read a lot about Arnold Palmer's life following his passing. He was a true legend in the entire sports world. He has given so much to the game of golf aside from being one of the best.

BIRDIEABLE: What's your favorite golf book/magazine?

THE CONRESS: I saw a book titled Shanks For Nothing in a friend's bathroom. I found it pretty relatable. Jon and I do however live and die by GolfNow. It is the best place to find new courses for a discounted rate while we're on the road. We have found some real gems through that site.

BIRDIEABLE: What makes you angry on the golf course?

THE CONGRESS: Sucking. Also groups in front of me that neglect their rate of play gets pretty frustrating as well. Jon and I pride ourselves in being fast golfers. 

BIRDIEABLE: You are not allowed to google this and you have to answer straight away. Do you know what R&A stands for?

THE CONGRESS: No. I just googled it though. I should probably check that out.

BIRDIEABLE: Any golf inspired tunes in the making?

THE CONGRESS: Ha ha. Golf is our way to relieve stress on tour (and at home), so, in a way, golf inspires all of our songs,

BIRDIEABLE: Top five courses you want to play?

THE CONGRESS:
5. Woods Hole CC – http://www.woodsholegolfclub.com/
4. Fossil Trace CC – http://www.fossiltrace.com/
3. Pinehurst CC – http://www.pinehurst.com/
2. Augusta CC – http://www.augcc.com/
1. Pebble Beach Resorts – https://www.pebblebeach.com/

Sponsored by Birdieable.

Monday, November 21

Peter Senior Hangs Up the Sticks After Painful WD

JORDAN SPIETH WON HIS SECOND Australian Open in three years by sinking a 10-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Cameron Smith and Ashley Hall. Spieth shot a final-round 69 to finish in the three-way tie at 12-under par at Royal Sidney Golf Club.

Earlier in the tournament, 57-year-old Australian Peter Senior withdrew after five holes in the second round and abruptly announced his retirement from the tournament circuit. Senior, playing with an ailing hip, has been plagued by injuries for two years.

"I don't enjoy playing like this," Senior said. "I can't hit a shot. Every time I hit the ball I get a bolt of pain through my hip."

A winner of 34 tournaments worldwide, Senior was a very accomplished player, even at an advanced age. His last victory was the 2015 Australian Masters. But there was no denying the current state of his game given his physical problems.

"It's no good me being out there annoying the other guys because they're playing pretty well so this is it for me. I'm not playing any more golf."

He added, "I've had a great run, a great career. I've enjoyed every minute of it."

Final round highlights below.

Friday, November 18

VIDEO: Rory McIlroy Grilled by Billy in Little Interview



RORY MCILROY WAS ON THE HOT SEAT at Jumeriah Golf Estates in Dubai, site of this week's DP World Tour Championship. It's a good thing Rory took a dip in the pool.

Thursday, November 17

Golf on TV: DP World Tour Championship, Emirates Australian Open, CME Group Tour Championship, RSM Classic

Keep an eye on Alex Noren.

By Golf Channel Communications

EUROPEAN TOUR

World No. 2 Rory McIlroy and No. 4 Henrik Stenson lead the field at the DP World Tour Championship, the culminating event of the European Tour season as part of the Final Series and Race to Dubai. Stenson and McIlroy, along with Alex Noren and Danny Willett are the only four players in the field with a mathematical chance of winning the Race to Dubai, which will split a $5 million bonus pool among the top-10 in the final standings at week’s end.

DP World Tour Championship
Dates: Nov. 17-20
Venue: Jumeirah Golf Estates (Earth Course), Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Thursday         3-8 a.m. (Live) / 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Replay)
Friday              3-8 a.m. (Live) / 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday          3-8 a.m. (Live) / 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday            2:30-7:30 a.m. (Live) / 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Replay)

Headlining the field: Henrik Stenson, Danny Willett, Alex Noren, Rory McIlroy, Tyrell Hatton, Branden Grace, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Louis Oosthuizen, Chris Wood and Thorbjorn Olesen.

* * *

PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA

World No. 5 Jordan Spieth will make his return to competition this week for the first time since the Ryder Cup, in hopes of claiming his second Emirates Australian Open title in a three year span. Two-time World Long Drive champion Jamie Sadlowski also is in the field, and the tournament serves as the first of 11 professional tour events that make up The Open Qualifying Series for 2017.

Emirates Australian Open
Dates: Nov. 16-19
Venue: Royal Sydney Golf Club (Championship Course), Sydney, Australia

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday     8 p.m.-1 a.m. (Live)
Thursday         9 p.m.-1 a.m. (Live)
Friday              9 p.m.-1 a.m. (Live)
Saturday          9 p.m.-1 a.m. (Live)

Australian Open begins three-week stretch of high profile events in Australia: This is the first of three consecutive weeks of high profile events to be played in Australia, along with next week’s World Cup of Golf at Kingston Heath Golf Club, and the Australian PGA Championship in two weeks, which is co-sanctioned by the European Tour.

Headlining the field: Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott, Jamie Sadlowski, Jhonattan Vegas, Geoff Ogilvy, Greg Chalmers, Jarrod Lyle, Rod Pampling, Aaron Baddeley and Cameron Davis.

* * *

LPGA TOUR

The LPGA Tour season also will conclude this week with the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples. A total of nine players have a mathematical chance to win the Race to the CME Globe, including Ariya Jutanugarn, Lydia Ko and Brooke Henderson, each of whom would automatically win with a victory this week. 

CME Group Tour Championship
Dates: Nov. 17-20
Venue: Tiburon Golf Club, Naples, Fla.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Thursday         4:30-6:30 p.m. (Tape delay) / 2-4 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Friday              4:30-6:30 p.m. (Tape delay) / 2-4 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Saturday          4:30-6:30 p.m. (Tape delay) / 2-4 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Sunday            1-4 p.m. (Live, airing on ABC)

Kerr defends: Cristie Kerr finished one stroke ahead of Gerina Piller and Ha Na Jang to earn her 18th career LPGA Tour win.

Headlining the field: Lydia Ko, Ariya Jutanugarn, Brooke Henderson, Ha Na Jang, Sei Young Kim, Shanshan Feng, Minjee Lee, In Gee Chun and Haru Nomura.

* * *

PGA TOUR

RSM Classic
Dates: Nov. 17-20
Venue: Sea Island Golf Club (Seaside & Plantation Courses), St. Simons Island, Ga.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Thursday         1:30-4:30 p.m. (Live) / 7-9 p.m. (Replay)
Friday              1:30-4:30 p.m. (Live) / 7-9 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday          1:30-4:30 p.m. (Live) / 7-9 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday            1:30-4:30 p.m. (Live) / 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Replay)

Format: The field will play one round on each of the Seaside and Plantation courses on Thursday and Friday and following the cut, the third and final rounds will be contested on the Seaside course Saturday and Sunday.

Kisner defends: Kevin Kisner finished six shots ahead of the field to claim his first PGA TOUR victory.

Headlining the field: Zach Johnson, Brandt Snedeker, Matt Kuchar, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar, Bill Haas, Kevin Kisner, Ian Poulter, Bryson DeChambeau, and Davis Love III.

Wednesday, November 16

'Ray Billows - The Cinderella Kid' By Tom Buggy

CHANCES ARE YOU'VE NEVER HEARD of Ray Billows. Golf historian Tom Buggy tells the story in his new book, Ray Billows - The Cinderella Kid: The unlikely and colorful story of a world-class amateur golfer. Following is a description from Amazon.

Available at Amazon.
In 1935, just five years after the great Bob Jones won his Grand Slam and retired from competition, a 20-year-old amateur golfer in a struggling family left Racine, Wisconsin for a $17-a-week shipping clerk job in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Ray Billows brought with him a self-taught golf game from the caddie ranks, a gritty determination, and wondrous dreams of competing and succeeding at the highest level of American amateur golf. He brought little else.

He arrived at the prestigious Winged Foot Golf Club for the 1935 New York State Amateur Championship in a dilapidated $7 Model T Ford convertible that he intended to sleep in, and without enough money for a caddie. He left with his first significant title and a nickname – The Cinderella Kid – which captured what he was and what he had accomplished.

All of Ray Billows' dreams came true, except for one that would haunt him throughout his life.

This book tells his story, a story that is sprinkled with thrilling golf, wonderful success, cruel disappointment, personal highlights, humorous anecdotes with Bob Jones, the Duke of Windsor and Babe Ruth, and a reputation as one of the finest gentlemen in the game.

The book also provides a glimpse into American amateur golf during the period from 1930 to 1950. It contains a 12-page photos insert with 27 photographs.

Tuesday, November 15

VIDEO: Wartime Golf Rules at Richmond Golf Club


GOLF IS A HARD GAME. We know that.

But imagine the difficulty of playing golf while under attack during World War II. That's what they did at Richmond Golf Club in London, England. So they wrote seven temporary rules.


Monday, November 14

Alex Noren: 'The Round of My Life'

WHAT WAS THE ROUND OF YOUR LIFE? Mine was probably in a high-school tournament. It was a long time ago.

For Alex Noren, it was a 63 in the final round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa that propelled him to his fourth victory on the European Tour this season. Noren made up six shots on the last day and won going away.

"I found something," Noren said. "This was the round of my life."

The 34-year-old Swede collected $1.16 million for his work and jumped to third place in the Race to Dubai, the European Tour's points contest. Just two years ago Noren only won $6,000 on tour. This year he has banked more than $3.3 million.

Now that's a turnaround.

Perez Wins

Pat Perez won his second PGA Tour title in Mexico on the weekend. He fired a closing 67 to slip by runnerup Gary Woodland at the OHL Classic. Perez said his "aggressive" attitude made the difference. His first victory came at the 2009 Bob Hope Classic.

Bernhard Langer won the season-long Charles Schwab Cup on the PGA Champions Tour. Ho hum. Nothing new there. Perhaps we need a nickname for Bernhard. How about "The Dominator"?

Friday, November 11

Skratch TV Presents 'Urban Golf Landia in Portland'



THIS IS SOMETHING DIFFERENT. This is Adventures in Golf (Season 1) from Skratch TV.

Documentary filmmaker Erik Anders Lang takes viewers on a tour around the globe searching for the craziest, most intriguing stories in golf.

I hope you enjoy the next episode, "Urban Golf Landia in Portland."

Related:

St. Andrews and the Legend of Tom Morris
Golf Outta Compton
24 Hours in Dubai
Slum Golf in Mumbai

Thursday, November 10

New York Times: 'Studio Aims to Hook Hipsters on Golf'

QUEENS MIGHT NOT BE A GOLF MECCA, and, as we're often told, younger generations have little interest in the game. But there's a golf intructional studio on the edge of Brooklyn that's doing something different, according to the New York Times:
Nick Teodosio pointed to the retro-style brown wall paneling at Brooklyn Greens, his new golf instructional studio. 
"I kind of want the hipsters to start playing golf," said Mr. Teodosio, whose new indoor golf range is just over the Brooklyn border, in Ridgewood, Queens, and is aimed at serving those who live in gentrifying neighborhoods along the L train in Brooklyn. 
The studio is down a long, nondescript hallway in a commercial loft building on Irving Avenue. Its gray metal door bears an insignia of a pigeon with a golf club tucked under its wing. 
Inside, there is barely enough room to swing a cat, much less a golf club.
Read the entire article.

Wednesday, November 9

VIDEO: John Daly on Trump and Clinton's Golf Games



HERE'S JOHN DALY TELLING US what we need to know about President-elect Donald Trump and former President Bill Clinton on the golf course.

"[Donald] hits it good," Daly said. "He's a decent player."

And Clinton?

"That's Mr. Mulligan, right there."

Tuesday, November 8

The Importance of 'Fore!' on the European Tour


AS SHOWN IN THE ABOVE TWEET, the European Tour is serious about telling its players to warn spectators when shots fly off target and into galleries and such. It has obviously been a problem. Hence, the memo.

"The stakes were raised at the memo's conclusion," wrote Will Gray at Golf Central Blog, "where players were informed that they could face disciplinary action in the event that their lack of warning leads to an on-course injury."

This week the European Tour travels to South Africa for the Nedbank Golf Challenge. Fore! (Just practicing a little.)

Monday, November 7

Rod Pampling's 'Amazing' Las Vegas Weekend

FORTY-SEVEN ISN'T OLD ANYMORE. At least not in golf. I remember when it was.

The golf world has another example in Rod Pampling, the 47-year-old Australian who won for the first time on the PGA Tour in a decade. Pampling opened with a 60 and closed with a 65 to register a two-shot victory at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Pampling's impressive performance included sinking a 30-foot birdie putt on the final green at TPC Summerlin.


Pampling said, ''It's extremely rewarding. Winning Arnold Palmer's event is still on top. But coming back from what we've had the last few years, to get a win under the belt, it's phenomenal. Amazing.''

Pampling lost his PGA Tour privileges in 2013 and has since been grinding on the Web.com Tour. Now he is back in the big leagues and will be exempt to play the PGA Tour until he turns 50 and transitions to the PGA Tour Champions.

"It's self-belief," Pampling said.

Including Pampling, five Australians have won on the PGA Tour this year: Jason Day, Adam Scott, Greg Chalmers and Aaron Baddeley.

Friday, November 4

Rory McIlroy's '10 Different Eras in Golf'

AS GOLFWEEK'S KEVIN CASEY WROTE, "When you get Rory McIlroy to talk for nearly an hour, be prepared to listen because he'll throw out some gems."

McIlroy was interviewed on the No Laying Up Podcast, as Casey reported.
[T]he podcast got into what it's like for McIlroy (and other high-profile golfers) to deal with outside expectations in the modern age. 
In a telling moment, McIlroy admitted that how quickly people cool off on golfers bothers him. 
"Since I started to win majors, there's probably been about 10 different eras in golf," McIlroy said. "It bugs me because people don't give players the time to develop and become what they want them to be. They need to have patience with it. … It's totally unfair because they build you up so much."
Rory is right about the rush to announce new eras. Maybe you've noticed. I sure have.

There have been too many so-called eras since Tiger Woods started fading from view, including McIlroy and then Jordan Spieth. When Jason Day broke through, suddenly it was the new "Big 3." Then along came Dustin Johnson. And on and on it goes.

Could it be a media thing? Yep.

Thursday, November 3

BMW Championship To Be Played at Wrigley Field



The curse is over. The Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time since 1908. As a tip of the cap to the Cubs, I bring you this spoof from the archives.

IN A LAST-MINUTE SURPRISE that caught virtually every player off guard except Dustin Johnson, the 2011 BMW Championship, the third leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, has moved from Cog Hill Golf & Country Club to Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs.

Despite being ranked 89th in Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses in the United States, Cog Hill's Dubsdread course has been heavily criticized by PGA Tour players since a $5 million renovation overseen by famed course architect Rees Jones. Even the mild-mannered Steve Stricker was critical in recent comments made to the Daily Herald.

The rash of criticism may explain the BMW Championship's 11th hour move to Wrigley Field, where Dustin Johnson was seen practicing earlier this week. (See video.) A small ball park, Wrigley will surely negate Johnson's distance advantage, although he appeared upbeat as he belted wedges toward a giant target in left field.

In another shocker, "Mr. Cub," Ernie Banks, will tee it up in the tournament despite having zero FedEx Cup points. Banks practiced alongside Johnson, who complimented the Hall of Fame shortstop on his golf swing.

Wednesday, November 2

Golf on TV: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Dominion Charity Classic, Turkish Airlines Open, Toto Japan Classic


By Golf Channel Communications

PGA TOUR

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Dates: Nov. 3-6
Venue: TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nev.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Thursday         4:30-7:30 p.m. (Live) / 8-11 p.m. (Replay)
Friday              4:30-7:30 p.m. (Live) / 8-11 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday          4:30-7:30 p.m. (Live) / 8-11 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday            3:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)

Kaufman defends: Smylie Kaufman finished one stroke ahead of six other players to claim his inaugural PGA TOUR win.

Headlining the field: Jimmy Walker, Brooks Koepka, Ernie Els, Ryan Moore, Webb Simpson, Graeme McDowell, Davis Love III, Patton Kizzire, Cody Gribble and Lee McCoy.

* * *

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

Dominion Charity Classic
Dates: Nov. 4-6
Venue: The Country Club of Virginia (James River Course), Richmond, Va.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday              1:30-4:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday          1:30-4:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday            12:30-3:30 p.m. (Live) / 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. (Replay)

Top-54 in Charles Schwab Cup standings eligible to compete: 54 players are eligible to compete based on their standing on the Charles Schwab Cup money list. The money list has been converted to points for the playoffs, and following this week the top-36 in the standings will advance to the season-culminating Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Arizona.

Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Joe Durant, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Scott McCarron, Kevin Sutherland, Woody Austin, Gene Sauers and Tom Pernice Jr.

* * *

EUROPEAN TOUR

Turkish Airlines Open
Dates: Nov. 3-6
Venue: Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, Antalya, Turkey

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Thursday         5-10 a.m. (Live)
Friday              5-10 a.m. (Live)
Saturday          5-10 a.m. (Live)
Sunday            3:30-8:30 a.m. (Live)

Dubuisson defends: Victor Dubuisson finished one shot ahead of Jaco Van Zyl for his second European Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Danny Willett, Lee Westwood, Victor Dubuisson, Andrew Johnston, Andy Sullivan, Padraig Harrington, Soren Kjeldsen, Haotong Li and Tyrell Hatton.

* * *

LPGA TOUR

Toto Japan Classic
Dates: Nov. 4-6
Venue: Taiheiyo Club (Minori Course), Ibaraki, Japan

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday              10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Tape delay)
Saturday          10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Tape delay)
Sunday            8:30-11:30 a.m. (Tape delay)

Ahn defends: Sun-Ju Ahn defeated Angela Stanford and Ji-Hee Lee with a birdie on the first playoff hole to claim her first LPGA Tour win.

Headlining the field: Lydia Ko, Ariya Jutanugarn, In Gee Chun, Lexi Thompson, Sei Young Kim, Shanshan Feng, Ha Na Jang, Amy Yang, So Yeon Ryu and Anna Nordqvist.

Tuesday, November 1

VIDEO: Tiger Woods With Charlie Rose Talks About Struggles, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and More



IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Here are a pair of clips of Tiger Woods's sitdown with Charlie Rose.

"Golf great Tiger Woods sat down for a rare one-on-one interview with Charlie Rose," wrote CBS This Morning, "as the charitable group he started with his father, the Tiger Woods Foundation, turns 20. Woods spoke about his struggle to come back after a series of injuries, the fallout from controversies he endured in 2009, and the one decision that remains his single biggest regret."