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 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!

Sponsored by GolfAvenue.com.

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

Monday, July 17

VIDEO: Euro Tour's Left-Handed Challenge and Surprise Winners at the U.S. Women's Open and John Deere Classic

IT'S OPEN WEEK AT ROYAL BIRKDALE, but I must say that last week served as a nice buildup to the world's oldest golf championship.

Rafe Cabrera-Bellow won the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in a playoff against Callum Shinkwin. Both players finished 13 under at Dundonald Links in Gailes.

"I'm obviously incredibly pleased with how I played today," Cabrera-Bellow told Golf Channel's Damon Hack. "I played my best golf of pretty much the entire year."

The creative minds of the European Tour staged "The Left-Handed Challenge" (see video) at the Scottish Open before the main event got underway. Perhaps not surprising that tour players, 99 percent of which are right-handed, look pretty good from the left side, even if their iron shots curve into the bleachers.

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Sung-Hyun Park won the U.S. Women's Open at Trump National Bedminster, a first on many levels: first LPGA win, first U.S. victory and first major. Park rallied to win by two shots over 17-year-old amateur Hye-Jin Choi.

Park said, "I wanted to believe in myself." 

It worked.

Bryson DeChambeau surprised a lot of people (including himself, I think) by coming home in 30 strokes for a final-round 65 to win the John Deere Classic. Now Bryson will tee it up at Royal Birkdale.

"I've just been working so hard my whole life to try to do this," DeChambeau told CBS. "And to finally have it happen at the John Deere, where I started pretty much a couple years ago, is pretty incredible."

There's a lot of Open programming this week. If you enjoy golf history like me, watch "Summer of '76" on Golf Channel. It airs at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

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Friday, July 14

Thursday, July 13

Golf on TV: Scottish Open, Senior Players Championship, John Deere Classic

From a Golf Channel press release.


Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open
Venue: Dundonald Links, Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland
Dates: July 13-16

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         5:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday              5:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday          10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):
Saturday          12:30-3 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            12:30-3 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Noren defendsWorld No. 9 Alex Noren looks to defend his title at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. It was his first of four wins on the European Tour in 2016, while Noren also was a winner earlier this season at the BMW PGA Championship.
Headlining the Field: Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Rickie Fowler, Alex Noren, Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed, Jason Dufner, Martin Kaymer, Luke Donald and Ernie Els.


Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship
Venue: Caves Valley Golf Club, Owings Mills, Md.
Dates: July 13-16

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday:        1:30-4 p.m. (Live) / 12:30-3 a.m. (Friday Replay)
Friday:             1:30-4 p.m. (Live) / 12:30-3 a.m. (Saturday Replay)
Saturday:         3-6 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Sunday Replay)
Sunday            3-6 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Monday Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Langer defends: Bernhard Langer has claimed the last three Senior Players Championships, winning by one shot in 2016 over Joe Durant and Miguel Angel Jimenez. Langer has also won two of the first three majors this season.
Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Kenny Perry, Fred Couples, John Daly, Colin Montgomerie, Vijay Singh and Jose Maria Olazabal.


John Deere Classic
Dates: July 13-16
Venue:  TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Ill.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         4-7 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)
Friday              4-7 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday          1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday            1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)

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

Broadcast Notes:
Moore defends: Ryan Moore won last year’s event by two shots over Ben Martin.
Headlining the field: Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson, Daniel Berger, Davis Love III, K.J. Choi, Wesley Bryan and Angel Cabrera.