Thursday, February 15

Golf on TV: Genesis Open, ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open, Chubb Classic, Oman Open

From a Golf Channel press release.

ORLANDO, Fla. – World No. 1 Dustin Johnson will look to defend his 2017 title at the Genesis Open this week in Southern California, alongside Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods. Golf Channel will carry live coverage of the LPGA Tour in primetime Wednesday-Saturday – from the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open – with So Yeon Ryu, Ariya Jutanugarn, Cristie Kerr and Lydia Ko in the field. Bernhard Langer leads the field at the Chubb Classic in Florida, along with Scott McCarron, Steve Stricker and Miguel Angel Jimenez. The European Tour will stage the inaugural Oman Open this week, featuring Race to Dubai leader Shubhankar Sharma.


Genesis Open
Dates: Feb. 15-18
Venue: Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Thursday         2-6 p.m. (Live) / 7-10 p.m. (Replay)
Friday             4-8 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-10 p.m. (Replay)       
Saturday          2-3:30 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday            1-2:45 p.m. (Live) / 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on CBS (Eastern)       
Saturday          4-7 p.m.
Sunday            3-6:30 p.m.

Broadcast Notes:
Woods returns to familiar spot for first time in more than a decade: Tiger Woods made his PGA Tour debut in this event as a 16-year-old amateur in 1992, and returns this week for the first time since 2006.
Johnson defends: Dustin Johnson finished five shots ahead of Scott Brown and Thomas Pieters to claim his 13th PGA TOUR win.
Headlining the field: Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Martin Kaymer, Thomas Pieters and Patrick Cantlay.


ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open
Dates: Feb. 15-18
Venue: Kooyonga Golf Club, Adelaide, Australia

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Wednesday     9 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live) / 2-5 a.m. (Thursday replay)
Thursday         10 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live) 
Friday             10 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live) / 5:30-7 p.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday          9 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live) / 5-6:30 p.m. (Sunday replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Jang defends: Ha Na Jang won by three shots over Nanna Koerstz Madsen to earn her fourth LPGA Tour win.
Headlining the field: So Yeon Ryu, Ariya Jutanugarn, Cristie Kerr, Lydia Ko, Brooke Henderson, Minjee Lee, Jin-Young Ko, Moriya Jutanugarn, Jiyai Shin and Charley Hull.


Chubb Classic
Dates: Feb. 16-18
Venue: TwinEagles Club (Talon Course)

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Friday             Noon-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday          3:30-5:30 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday            3-5 p.m. (Live) / 12:30-2:30 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Scott McCarron, Steve Stricker, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Colin Montgomerie, Jerry Kelly, David Toms, Jose Maria Olazabel, John Daly and Mark O’Meara.


Oman Open
Dates: Feb. 15-18
Venue: Al Mouj Golf, Muscat, Oman

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Thursday         5-8 a.m. (Live)
Friday             5-8 a.m. (Live)
Saturday          4-7:30 a.m. (Live)
Sunday            4-7:30 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Inaugural event: This is the inaugural playing of the Oman Open. Previously, Al Mouj Golf has hosted the Challenge Tour’s season-culminating event for the past three seasons.
Headlining the field: Shubhankar Sharma, Thomas Bjorn, Thongchai Jaidee, Andrew Johnston, Chris Wood, Andy Sullivan, Darren Clarke and Sean Crocker.

Wednesday, February 14

Ted Potter Jr.: 'I Have Never Been a Hard Worker'

TED POTTER JR. COLLECTED HIS SECOND PGA TOUR title last weekend at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. And, despite being paired in the final round with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, he made it look rather easy.

Potter blistered Monterey Peninsula Country Club on Saturday. His 62 gave him a share of the 54-hole lead with Johnson. Then Potter went out on Sunday and shot a 69 to win by three strokes over Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Jason Day and Chez Reavie. Ho-hum.

The guy was nonplussed. He did everything right. He played smart. He got up and down. He handled his nerves. Heck, I don't think he had any nerves.

"What do I got to lose, really? Just go out there and play the best golf I could today and see what happens," Potter said.

The journeyman had missed five of his last eight cuts. Two weeks ago at the Farmers Insurance Open, Potter opened with a 66. Then he shot 74, 75, 82 to finish 73rd.

This Potter quote caught my attention:

"I have never been a hard worker, I guess, at it. I mean I'm probably better than what I think I am, but I'm not a person that likes to go hit a bunch of balls on the range or just work as hard as I probably should. When I start working on it, I'll get results like this that happen. But then I'll probably back away from it a little bit and have to regroup again and force myself to work hard at it again."

That means Potter could miss the cut next week. He could miss his next three cuts. Or he might win again.

Golf Channel's Tim Rosaforte reported that Potter is nicknamed "The Wizard." It has nothing to do with Harry Potter, Rosaforte noted. It's because of Ted Potter's skill around the greens. It was definitely on display on the Monterey Peninsula.

Monday, February 12

PGA TOUR VIDEO: Inside the Mind of Putting Artist Jordan Spieth

IF YOU'VE WATCHED THE PGA TOUR and major championships in recent years, then surely you've seen major champion and world No. 3 Jordan Spieth roll in putts from everywhere.

Those Spieth putts go in from all distances, on all varieties of greens and grasses, and in all types of course conditions and pressure situations.

How does Jordan Spieth do it? What is he thinking?

In the above video, Spieth explains a lot in 3:26 about his approach to putting and his mindset on lightning fast, sloping greens. (I took notes.)

"It's kind of like a magic time for me," Spieth says about preparing to putt.

"It's speed, speed, speed," he adds. "I'm really good on longer putts at picking a midpoint, like an apex of a line."

(Yes, we've noticed.)

"You have to have so much of an imagination when you get on fast greens with slopes," he says. "In order for me to shoot the lowest score possible, I may as well trust this. And if I'm thinking with that attitude, I'm playing my best golf.

"I don't have anything to lose. What do I have to lose in golf? I've accomplished probably more than I ever could have imagined," he says.

"I'm seeing the movie of the putt. The artistry of the putt. And I find so much fun in that, that it allows me to want to practice it more and more."

OK, so we'll never putt like Jordan Spieth. But maybe we can adopt something from his unique approach and attitude on the greens. That could make a real difference. As he says, there's nothing to lose.

Thursday, February 8

Golf on TV: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, World Super 6 Perth, Boca Raton Championship

From a Golf Channel press release.

ORLANDO, Fla. – The PGA TOUR shifts to the Monterey Peninsula for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The current top-three players in the world -- Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Jordan Spieth (defending champion) -- lead the field of professionals who will be joined by celebrity amateur golfers including Carson Daly, Tony Romo, Toby Keith, Larry Fitzgerald and Justin Verlander. The European Tour will stage the second edition of the World Super 6 Perth. The PGA TOUR Champions are in south Florida for the Boca Raton Championship, with Bernhard Langer and defending champion Scott McCarron leading the field.


AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Dates: Feb. 8-11
Venues: Pebble Beach Golf Links; Spyglass Hill Golf Course; Monterey Peninsula Country Club, Pebble Beach, Calif.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Thursday         3-6 p.m. (Live) / 7-9 p.m. (Replay)
Friday             3-6 p.m. (Live) / 7-9 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday          2-3:30 p.m. (Live) / 8-10 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday            1-2:45 p.m. (Live) / 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on CBS (Eastern)
Saturday          4-7 p.m.
Sunday            3-6:30 p.m.

Broadcast Notes:
Course rotation & format: The field of 156 professionals and 156 amateurs will play one round at each of the three course venues over the first three days. The top-60 professionals (and ties) along with the top-25 pro-am teams after 54 holes will advance to the final round at Pebble Beach.
Spieth defends: Jordan Spieth finished four shots clear of the field to earn his ninth PGA TOUR win.
Headlining the field: Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Paul Casey, Patrick Reed, Gary Woodland, Patrick Cantlay, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott.


World Super 6 Perth
Dates: Feb. 8-11
Venue: Lake Karrinyup Country Club, Perth, Australia

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Wednesday     11 p.m.-4 a.m. (Live, Wednesday overnight)
Thursday         11 p.m.-4 a.m. (Live, Thursday overnight)
Friday             11 p.m.-4 a.m. (Live, Friday overnight)
Saturday          10 p.m.-4 a.m. (Live, Saturday overnight)

Broadcast Notes:
Rumford defends: Brett Rumford defeated Phachara Khongwatmai 2&1 to claim his sixth European Tour victory.
Headlining the field: Lee Westwood, Danny Willett, Thorbjorn Olesen, Andrew “Beef” Johnston, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Brett Rumford, David Lipsky and Chase Koepka.


Boca Raton Championship
Dates: Feb. 9-11
Venue: Broken Sound Club (Old Course), Boca Raton, Fla.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Friday             Noon-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday          3:30-5:30 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 p.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday            3-5 p.m. (Live) / 12:30-2:30 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:
McCarron defends: Scott McCarron finished one shot ahead of Kenny Perry and Carlos Franco to win his third title on the PGA TOUR Champions.
Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Scott McCarron, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Colin Montgomerie, Kevin Sutherland, Tom Lehman, Mark O’Meara, John Daly and Jose Maria Olazabal.

Wednesday, February 7

REOPENING: The Oasis at Death Valley (Formerly the Furnace Creek Resort)

A RESORT IN DEATH VALLEY that opened on February 1, 1927 (91 years ago) is reopening after a multi-million dollar renovation.

The Oasis at Death Valley (formerly Furnace Creek Resort) has date palm trees, lush gardens, pools and, yes, a golf course.

This resort in one of the most unusual landscapes on earth is ideal for that winter checklist:
  • It's sunny.
  • The water (large natural spring-fed pools) is always 85 degrees.
  • It's warm (average high is 73 in February, 82 degrees in March, 90 in April).
  • Rain is rare.
  • It's one of the only sanctioned Dark Skies in the U.S., where you can see the Milky Way with the naked eye.
  • It has a USGA golf course (the lowest on earth).
  • It's a great outdoor destination (bike, horseback, Jeep tours, photography, ghost towns, etc.).
  • It's not crowded, only two hours from Las Vegas and four hours from LA.
  • It's historical, beautiful and home to some of the original Star Wars locations, filmed down the road.
Xanterra Travel Collection has wrapped up a multi-million-dollar renovation of the 1920s inn, ranch and golf course.

The 66-room inn officially reopened on February 1, 2018, exactly 91 years to the day it originally opened. Its dining room working fireplaces are adorned with some of the owner's renowned paintings of the era, and the outdoor terraces with sweeping views are shaded and furnished to provide an inside/outside experience. The rooms have been redone, including all new bathrooms. The historic pool with natural spring fed 85-degree water features cabanas, a pool bar and café, and is next door to a new spa overlooking the Oasis Gardens.

(I used to live in the Mojave Desert. This makes me want to return, especially in February.)

Tuesday, February 6

PGA TOUR: 'Hey, It Can Happen to Anyone' (Including Ollie Schneiderjans)

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, Ollie Schneiderjans hit an eagle putt on the 17th hole at the Waste Management Phoenix Open that kept rolling until it was wet. So, yeah, "it can happen to anyone," as the PGA TOUR said.

Schneiderjans got up and down for a bogey and went on to shoot 68 in the first round. No, that couldn't happen to anyone.

Yes, these guys are good. Even when they're bad.

Thursday, February 1

Golf on TV: Waste Management Phoenix Open and Maybank Championship

From a Golf Channel press release.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Four of the top-5 in the world are in Arizona this week for the Waste Management Phoenix Open, including defending champion (and world No. 5) Hideki Matsuyama. On the European Tour, Henrik Stenson and Lee Westwood headline the field at the Maybank Championship in Malaysia.


Waste Management Phoenix Open
Dates: Feb. 1-4
Venue: TPC Scottsdale (Stadium Course), Scottsdale, Ariz.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Thursday         3-7 p.m. (Live) / 8-10:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday             3-7 p.m. (Live) / 8-10 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday          2-3:45 p.m. (Live) / 8-9:30 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday            1-2:45 p.m. (Live) / 6:30-11 p.m. (Replay)

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

Broadcast Notes:
Matsuyama defends: Hideki Matsuyama outlasted Webb Simpson with a birdie on the fourth playoff hole to earn his fourth PGA TOUR win.
Headlining the field: Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Hideki Matsuyama, Rickie Fowler, Alex Noren, Xander Schauffele, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar and Tony Finau.


Maybank Championship
Dates: Feb. 1-4
Venue: Saujana Golf & Country Club (Palm Course), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Wednesday     10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. / 2:30-5:30 a.m. (Live, Wednesday overnight)
Thursday         10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. / 2:30-5:30 a.m. (Live, Thursday overnight)
Friday             10 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live)
Saturday          9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Zanotti defends: Fabrizio Zanotti finished one stroke ahead of David Lipsky to claim his second European Tour victory.
Headlining the field: Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood, Danny Willett, Haotong Li, Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke, Gavin Green, Ryo Ishikawa, Yuxin Lin (a), and Fabrizio Zanotti.

Tuesday, January 30

Jason Day Won Despite His Aching Back


The former World No. 1 went 72 holes and then another six holes in a sudden-death playoff that stretched into Monday to win the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. It was Day's first win since the 2016 Players Championship and lifted the Aussie back into the top 10 in the world rankings.

In another surprise, Day didn't expect to tee it up, as reported. He had an MRI less than two weeks ago after "throwing out his back."

"I never thought I was going to play," Day said.

The Aussie didn't tee it up in the pro-am and carded a 73 in the opening round. He kept going and going and ended up with his 11th PGA Tour title. Playing hurt and winning at Torrey Pines go together, as his pal Tiger Woods knows.

Day plans to tweak his golf swing in order to relieve pressure on his lower back.

"My set joints in the spine, through my constant swing, they got larger and larger," he said. "When they get bigger, they get closer to the nerve and when I throw my back out, then I get shooting pains down both legs."

Day hopes to still be playing when he's 50. "I just gotta keep myself strong, keep my core strong and just try and improve."